Living with Chronic Pain

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.

Comfort Aids

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.

Medication Aids

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 Aids

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.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).