Archive: Problem Solving Gifts

Best TENS Units (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Devices) for Pain Relief

TENS unit pain

In most of my posts about pain relief gift ideas, I’ve always included the TENS unit as one of the top gift ideas. In fact, I’ve tried to introduce it to anyone I know from my family to my friends and co-workers who are suffering from muscle and joint pain. Unlike other posts where I’ve introduced different practical gift ideas, in this special post, I’ll focus only on the TENS device, including answering fundamental questions such as what it is, how it works, and which ones are rated as the best TENS units by pain sufferers.

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Gifts for Someone with Carpal Tunnel Pain

Wrist pain

I have a post about carpal tunnel syndrome causes and relief, in which I briefly mentioned some products and gift ideas that are recommended for those with carpal tunnel pain. This post goes into the details of best and most practical gift ideas for someone who’s suffering from carpal tunnel pain.

Carpal tunnel pain and wrist pain can seriously affects your work and your daily activities as besides the irritating pain, you may also lose the power of your grip. Your hand and fingers become less flexible, making some simple activities like holding things, turning door or car keys, typing, writing etc. suddenly become harder and painful.

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Gifts for People with Arthritis

Automatic jar opener

I had a co-woker in Austin, Texas who has severe arthritis. He got arthritis from some immunization shot since early age. Even now I remember how painful it was for him during winter, and how difficult and painful it was for him to just bend down, or twist a bottle cap.

Most people with arthritis have some sort of physical pains and even physical limitations; like my friend, his fingers were always stiff, and due to the severe pain on his leg, he couldn’t even easily sit or bend down. For someone with arthritis, a gift or a bundle of gifts that would help with getting around more easily, doing chores around the house more easily or would offer comfort and relaxation will be ideal.

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Gifts for People with Back Pain

Back pain

Anyone can have back pain, but several factors that may increase the risk are our age, poor sitting posture, poor physical fitness, jobs that required long hours of sitting still or lifting weight, being pregnant, being overweight, and suffering from certain disease like arthritis. Back pain can range from a mild but constant ache to a sudden and sharp pain. If your friends or relatives are suffering from back pain or “having a bad back” as my mom referred to it, below are some practical gift ideas specifically for people suffering from different kinds of back pain and condition. Hopefully these gifts will help alleviate the pain or even better, make it go away naturally.

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Gifts for People with Ankle Pain

Continuing with the pain relief topic, another area that is quite easy to get sprained and can cause a great deal of pain and inconveniences is the ankle. My co-worker has just had a sprained ankle after a minor slip on the sidewalk. She felt fine at the time, but a week later, she had to visit the doctor and was ordered to brace her foot with a splint for two weeks. Like wrist, foot or back pain, ankle pain usually comes from over-use, improper posture of the ankle over time, disalignment between ankle and the leg, injury (ankle sprain, fracture) or diseases such as arthritis, gout etc. Some pain can be eased with simple and natural treatment and relaxation technique such as massaging or elevating your feet, while others required special care by a specialist.

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Gifts For People With Foot Pain

Foot pain relief mat

If someone you know suffers from foot pain, below are some gifts that they will truly appreciate when receiving the gifts and especially when and after using them. Foot pain is mostly caused by ill-fitting shoes/sandals, or letting the foot have too much contact with flat and hard surfaces without proper support, thus most gift ideas introduced below are to provide comfort, relaxation and support to the foot.

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Ergonomics – Sitting or Standing at Work?

Recently, at my company there’s been some wave of change (or movement if I may) when one person after another have requested to change their work desks from sitting desks to standing desks. It’s happened quite frequently that now somewhere in the on-boarding process for new comers, there’re questions regarding ergonomics, and one of which is whether the new employees prefer having regular (sitting) desks or a standing ones.

That’s not all. Lately, whenever I check my Facebook, I see an ad for Varidesk, advertized as an add-on product of regular desk and could be attached to regular desk to turn it to a standing desk.

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Gifts For People with Neck Pain

Neck pain

Besides back pain, neck pain is also a common problem today, especially for those who have to sit and work long hours in front of a computer everyday. I have a post about Gifts for people with Back Pain, which has been receiving great feedback, so here you go, a separate post dedicated to products and gift ideas for people with neck pain. Like back pain, neck pain can be a real … pain in the neck. Hopefully, the gift ideas below can help alleviate the neck pain for you or someone you know. Some products like the accupressure mat can actually help with preventing back and neck pain.

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Gifts for People with Wrist Pain

Wrist pain

Together with back pain, using computer, computer mouse or exercising (your wrist such as playing tennis or golf) too much and repeatedly day by day without proper support and resting will gradually stiffen the muscle around your wrist and cause wrist pains. The pain will likely go away naturally if you stop doing these same repetitive activities everyday; however, more often people just cannot afford to have that kind of time off for the wrist to heal.

Wrist pain can seriously affects your work and your daily activities as besides the irritating pain, you may also lose the power of your grip. Your hand and fingers become less flexible, making some simple activities like holding things, turning door or car keys, typing, writing etc. suddenly become harder and painful.

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Nasal Filters for Allergy Sufferers

3M, the manufacturer of Filtrete, has taken air filter to another, yet personal level: they’ve made allergy nasal filters. These nasal filters are supposed to replace the old face masks and even allergy medicine that many allergy sufferers have been using. The filters are made of thin and breathable materials that you can put in the nostrils. They are also discreet, nearly invisible when put on, but are supposedly effective in filtering out pollen, pet hair, dander, dust etc.

So the next time you need to work outside in the yard, do BBQ, mow your lawn, clean out your cat litter box or handle anything that is dusty and smelly, try those nose filters out. 3M is in fact not the sole supplier, there’re a couple of nose filter providers out there. They all have fairly good rating on Amazon. Check them out yourself!


Eye Allergy – Itchy Eye Relief

This quick post is for those who are suffering from eye allergy and having itchy and watery eye due to seasonal allergy – mostly caused by pollen. I started having eye allergy last year (I’ve had nasal allergy way before that). This over-the-counter eye-drop – Zaditor – works very well on me. The itch stops right after the first use. I continue using it for a couple of days everyday, then stops and somehow the itch just goes away for the whole season. By the way, I’ve also tried Visine initially, but the itch didn’t go away. Zaditor really relieves eye itch caused by allergy!

My sister also gifts one of her colleagues this, and it works on him, too. Check it out and see reviews by other people who have been using it.


Gifts for Someone with Nasal Allergy

Although it’s not Spring yet, the plum tree in my back yard has started blooming. It’s really beautiful but also marks the beginning of a beautiful but miserable season for someone who suffers nasal allergy, myself included. Although allergy pills are the most practical things you can buy as gifts, there are more you can do to help alleviate allergy symptoms for those with nasal allergy. Here are a couple of things that I bought for myself and saw that they have helped relieving my sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes. Hope that you can find at least one that works for you, your friends or relatives.

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Gifts and Tips to Avoid Back Pain During Pregnancy

Gifts and ideas that can help expecting mothers relieve or avoid back pain

I have a related post about “Gifts for People with Back Pain” in which I introduced some gifts and gift ideas that can help us relieve back pains. Some of the items mentioned such as back braces, back mats or massage cushions are probably not suitable for expecting women. This post is a step further from the first post; here I’ll address how to avoid back pain during pregnancy and some practical gifts that are best suited for pregnant women in relieving and preventing pain. These are the things I collect from my families and friends and from various research.

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Gifts for People with Frequent Headaches and Migraines

Headache

I love writing about gifts and gift ideas that help us solve the problems we have or at least make them become more tolerable. That’s why the first couple of posts I wrote on Gift ASAP were all about pain relieving gifts — the kind of pains that my friends and relatives and probably yours, too, have been experiencing. This time, I’m turning to a problem that I’ve had — migraine headaches. The headaches can come out of the blue or can be triggered by anything from strong smell (of perfume or smoke), bright sun light, heat, noise, caffeine or stress and deadlines.

When the headache strikes, I don’t want to do anything, just want to lay down, close my eyes and rest. If it strikes at work, I turn off the light, take a cup of warm tea, and close my eyes for several minutes from time to time — small things that help get me through the day. Below are some products and gift ideas that people with frequent headaches will appreciate.

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