Chronic pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis or as the result of an injury can be debilitating and deeply impact patients’ day to day lives. Even with medication, chronic pain can be difficult to manage and can make even simple tasks difficult. In addition, people suffering from chronic pain can find it difficult to get comfortable and often don’t sleep well as a result. Fortunately for people living with chronic pain, here are many assistive devices available to make their lives easier and more comfortable.
Sitting or lying in one spot for any length of time can be very uncomfortable for people living with chronic pain. Specially shaped pillows or wedges can be used to prop up limbs or create a more ergonomic environment. Many of these use memory foam or similar materials for added comfort. To help with sleep, mattress toppers can be added to an existing mattress. When out enjoying a concert or sporting match, comfort cushions provide a more suitable surface for sitting for long periods of time.
Many people with chronic pain are on several medications. When combined with the foggy feeling that often goes along with chronic pain, it can be difficult for patients to know if they’ve taken their medication. Pill boxes and pill dispensers make it easier to keep track and know at a glance if medications have been taken. Some even come with reminder alerts that can be set for specific times to ensure you never miss a dose.
Pain Relief Devices
It’s becoming more common to use devices to relieve pain, either in combination with medications or on their own. The Pain Gone device activates nerve pathways that tell your brain to send help, creating a rush of endorphins that lower your pain level. A TENS devices works the same way, but has the added benefit of 12 pre-set programs and the ability to program additional options specific to your needs.
Massage has been show to provide relief in many individuals with chronic pain. Mini ball massagers coupled with massage gel make it simple to give yourself a massage at home. Or try a variety of massagers that also help promote circulation. The increased blood flow often reduces pain.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Depending on the type of pain and the location, cold packs or cooling spray often provide relief. For people whose pain responds better to heat, specially shaped heating pads can be used to provide heat to knees, shoulders, and lower back areas. In addition, heated back massage seats fit comfortably on any chair and wheat bags can be heated in the microwave for multiple uses.
Muscle Support Aids
Many people with chronic pain still want to lead active lives. Support muscles with kino tape or braces helps prevent injuries. In some cases, they may also improve pain if used properly outside of sports or other physical activities.
With proper support, people living with chronic pain can lead active, independent lives. Many devices exist to help relieve pain and create a living space where they can sleep and successfully manage day to day activities.