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32 Best Gifts for People with Back Pain (The Gift of Relief)

Shopping for one of the 619 million people globally affected by back pain? Pick a powerful pain relieving gift and they’ll be thanking you for many months or even years to come!

Gifts for people with back pain

The Shortlist

We’ve got you covered if you’re in a hurry, take a look at our shortlist below:

The Good Body’s Favorite Gifts for Back Pain

1. iReliev Relaxable Pillow Massager

A discreet and effective massage pillow

Give someone’s back a real gift by wrapping up the iReliev Relaxable Pillow Massager.

We’ve scoured the market for the best massage cushion and this one definitely made the shortlist.

Containing two-way massaging shiatsu nodes it mimics the hands of a real massage therapist to deliver a soothing and realistic massage experience.

Looking at the sleek and stylish design you might also not realize that it contains infrared ceramic bulbs to warm the lumbar support cushion during treatment.

Whichever of the four different colors you choose, it’s sure to fit seamlessly into their home.

Many who bought this cushion described it as a “must-have” and loved using it while relaxing and watching TV!

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2. I Am Everything Affirmation Card Deck

Give their mood a boost

Chronic back pain can leave you feeling really low.

Remind your loved one of their inner strength by gifting this beautiful deck of cards.

Each one has a positive statement that can be used as a back pain affirmation, such as “I am grateful. I realize that what is right about my life outnumbers what I perceive to be wrong about my life”.

Following the guidance, you’re encouraged to light a candle, then pull a random card and recite the message aloud.

Though it might seem a little kooky, affirmations have been shown through research to actually rewire your brain to think in a more positive way.

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3. PlayMakar MVPmini Percussion Massager

A small but powerful (and perfectly portable) back care tool

Percussion therapy is a great treatment option for those with back pain — and the MVPmini is the tool to introduce anyone to it!

When shopping for a back care gift, it can be tricky to find solid treatment options that the recipient can use on their own back without assistance.

The clever design, and the fact it weighs less than one pound, makes the PlayMakar MVPmini the ideal solution.

Despite how light it is, you’re not compromising on power as this tool can deliver 3000 percussions per minute.

Yet what sets PlayMakar’s MVPmini apart from the rest of the Theragun competitors is their ProTip attachments.

Made from a responsive silica material, their ProTips allow the body to better absorb and reverberate each percussion.

You get four massage heads, including the AcuTrigger that works well to relieve knots and tension along either side of the spine.

Plus the Shoc head for when you want a gentler treatment, or for more sensitive areas such as around the neck and shoulders.

Buy the PlayMakar MVPmini right now and you get a FREE HeatTip attachment!

Their heated flat head accessory is normally sold separately, and is great for warming up your back and increasing blood flow quickly to improve movement.

Providing an incredible 15 hours of battery life, it comes with a USB-C power cord for easy charging on the go.

If your dad or husband is the one struggling with back pain, this could be a great gift idea for Father’s Day.

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4. Lyapko Acupressure Mat

Experience the closest thing to acupuncture in your own home

Wrap up the Lyapko acupressure mat and give the gift of acupressure, which has been shown to have wonderful benefits for back pain.

Acupressure works by increasing blood flow to painful muscles, encouraging the release of endorphins.

We’ve been testing acupressure mats for years, and have found that those with metal spikes like this one, take the experience to the next level.

With a long and slim design, you can use it on your lower back, around your neck and shoulders, or anywhere else that needs relief!

Concerned it might be painful?

I’ve found it is at first, however you quickly get used to the feeling and the results are totally worth it.

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5. LEGO Icons Orchid

A welcome distraction

I know when I’m shopping for someone with backache, I’m not really looking to provide them with a solution (though of course I’d love to!).

Instead I’m searching for a positive way to distract them from their discomfort.

This Lego orchid provides exactly that.

A way to keep their hands and mind busy, with the result being a beautiful orchid they can use to brighten their home.

Plus orchids are thought to be a symbol of thoughtfulness and love so ideal for any occasion.

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6. Hyperice Venom 2 Back

Wearable heat and massage therapy

One of the challenging things about living with back pain, is that life still needs to go on!

Choose this wearable massage wrap as a gift and they’ll be able to carry on their day to day life.

They can strap the device on their lower back and choose from three distinct vibration patterns and different heat levels to soothe any discomfort.

Pair the device with the Hyperice app and you can easily control all the settings from your smartphone.

Plus with a slim design and three hours of battery life it can be worn discreetly if required, and used throughout the day.

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7. Real Relax Massage Chair

Recline and enjoy the relief of zero gravity

Truly take the weight off their back by treating them to one of the best massage chairs on the market.

The beauty of this chair is that they can press a single button and enjoy zero gravity, as 50 airbags get to work on their body.

With the Real Relax you get total control over your massage. Set the speed and strength of the eight rollers, or play around with the auto modes.

Heat therapy adds to the indulgence and Bluetooth capabilities means the chair will also play their favorite tracks.

Owners of the Real Relax felt it offered a fantastic range of features for a great price.

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8. Pain Killer by adagio teas

A herbal tea that targets pain

Drinking a cup of herbal tea can have many health benefits, with pain relief being one of them. It’s just a case of finding the perfect blend.

Chronic pain expert Ashley Dawn Crouse at adagio teas has done all the hard work for you, by creating this blend of Pain Killer tea.

Blended with rooibos tea, natural jasmine flavor, peppermint and chamomile, it’s designed to ease muscle tension and promote better sleep.

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9. iReliev Wireless TENS + EMS Therapeutic Wearable System

Best in class TENS unit

Why not give someone the gift of TENS therapy?

After testing a number of the best TENS units available, the iReliev Wireless TENS + EMS Therapeutic Wearable System came out on top.

Read the full review of the unit to discover all the features, however we have to say that the wireless functionality sets it apart from the competition.

It means the unit can be used on the go without anyone knowing, which is ideal for anyone who struggles with back pain at work or while traveling.

The iReliev Wireless unit has 16 different programs and 25 intensity levels so it’s easy to find a satisfying combination.

Plus it has fully isolated channels, meaning that settings can be tailored to different areas or sides of the body.

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10. Theragun PRO

All the power of a deep tissue massage

When you’re looking for a gift for someone with a sensitive back, the Theragun PRO might look a little menacing!

However after reviewing the full Theragun range and looking at the PRO in detail, we concluded it was amazing for back pain (and one of the best gun massagers on the market right now).

Powering 16mm into the muscle tissue, it can handle an incredible 60lbs of applied force without stalling.

Built-in, visually guided routines allow you to get the most from the device, plus the latest model offers a unique Micro-Point attachment for increased stimulation during treatment.

Combining the four adjustable arm positions with the ergonomic multi-grip, you really can apply the full power of the Theragun PRO to your back effectively.

It’s worth bearing in mind that it is quite heavy.

You can opt instead for Theragun’s lighter Prime model, which will give you plenty of power but unfortunately not the adjustable arm.

If it’s out of your price range, don’t worry. There are a number of affordable Theragun alternatives with a good range of features.

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11. iReliev Weighted Heating Pad

Cover someone in weighted relief

Though research around weighted blankets is limited, there is some evidence to suggest that they can be effective for treating pain.

iReliev have placed light weights inside this mat and covered it in plush microfibers.

Heating up in just a few seconds, the pad will automatically switch off after 90 minutes so you don’t have to worry if the warmth soothes you to sleep.

You get an easy to use controller, with three heat therapy settings, so you can position the heating pad where you need it, then sit back comfortably.

iReliev describe this pad as ‘king-size comfort’ and they’re not wrong! Measuring 24” x 12” you get excellent coverage.

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Small, Low Cost Ideas

1. Plant Therapy Eucalyptus Organic Essential Oil

A healing essential oil that’s powerful on pain.

Why not drop a bottle of organic eucalyptus oil in their stocking this year?

Made from 100% pure organic eucalyptus globulus, it smells wonderful but it’s also one of the essential oils that’s super powerful on pain.

Research shows that by just inhaling the oil you can actually decrease your pain level.

Available in a range of sizes, they could put a few drops on their pillow or invest in a diffuser to fill the air with the scent.

In fact, one happy user loved the oil so much that she even invested in an oil diffusing necklace.

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2. Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

An approach to back care without drugs, exercise or surgery

Dr. John E. Sarno believes that the root cause of the majority of back pain conditions is stress and other psychological factors.

Throughout his book, he encourages the reader to identify the causes of stress in their life to establish the emotional roots of their pain.

For example, he discusses how anxiety and repressed anger in particular can have physical symptoms such as muscle spasms.

Also fascinating is the way he looks at how successful and self-motivated people are particularly prone to the condition.

Readers of this book praised his method, reporting that it had changed their life. In fact, one review claimed: “This book did what $10k in physical therapy couldn’t”.

If the person you’re shopping for has accepted back pain as just a part of their life, then this book could help them change their thinking and take back control.

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3. KOA+ROY Wellness Massage Cube

A massage tool and lotion in one!

Can’t decide between a back massage tool or muscle relaxing lotion?

Get both in this great little product from KOA+ROY.

This all-natural cube contains pain-relieving essential oils including bergamot, cedarwood, eucalyptus and mint.

They’re blended with plant-based butters to create a nourishing and soothing texture (and wonderful scent!).

Your loved one can use the flat side to moisture their skin and the cube corners to massage achy muscles, activating the oils.

Handmade in the US, it’s a unique gift for someone looking to manage their pain in a natural way.

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4. Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager Cushion

Enjoy a deep-kneading massage on the go!

It’s a bit impractical to wrap up a masseuse, so why not treat someone special to the next best thing?

The Zyllion Shiatsu Cushion is a handy massage pillow that takes up just 3.5” of space and can be used for both back and neck pain.

Fitted with adjustable straps, they can secure it to their car seat, or office chair.

Research has shown that shiatsu massage is an effective treatment for pain, and these four deep-kneading shiatsu massage nodes will certainly work their magic.

The nodes relieve knots and tension, changing direction every minute to mimic the hands of a real masseuse.

You also get a soothing heat function, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a gift to help them relax and unwind.

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5. Lululemon Release and Recover Ball Set

A set of massage balls to target EVERY muscle group

This massage ball set is a great gift option, containing three balls of different sizes.

With this mix of sizes, you can target small, medium and large muscle groups in the body.

Made from a dense foam and rubber blend, they’re durable and textured to target stubborn knots, and create a more satisfying experience.

Shipping with a handy bag, they’re ideal for use on the go.

Lululemon are a trusted name in the fitness world. They have ensured that these balls don’t just work well, but they also look good with an abstract black and white design.

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6. Mission Farms Relieve CBD Cream

Let CBD oil relax your painful muscles

You may have heard a lot of fuss about CBD oil and its amazing benefits, however with all the options on the market it can be difficult to know which to choose.

Mission Farms Relieve CBD Cream is the gold standard of CBD products.

It contains 300mg of CBD, not simply a trace as you’ll find with many competing products.

Mission Farms was formed by a group of families committed to growing the happiest hemp! Their farmers use no chemicals or pesticides to grow their product, just the glorious Oregon sunshine and the water of their local river.

Plus this cream contains goat’s milk which soaks into the skin and delivers the CBD right to the joint, helping to reduce inflammation and ease pain.

The packaging is beautiful too, so it makes a wonderful gift for someone looking for new ways to manage their pain.

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7. My Pain Monitoring Journal

Track the triggers of their back pain

Journaling has been proven to help people living with chronic pain, so why not add this pain monitoring journal to your cart?

This high-quality notebook contains a series of assessment pages where you can monitor the degree of pain you’re feeling each day, and exactly where you’re feeling it.

Why is this useful?

Well, it’s a great way to be able to see triggers that make the back pain better or worse.

You also get lots of other useful pages to record clinic appointments and regular medications.

Users of the journal relied on it daily and found it a useful record to share with their doctor.

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8. Calming Lavender Heat Pillow

A beautiful treat they can pop in the microwave

Choosing a gift to help someone with their back problems doesn’t mean you can’t buy something beautiful.

Made from 100% cotton and filled with locally sourced lavender and barley, this is one back pain gift that’s kind to their back and to the planet.

Simply place it in the microwave for one or two minutes and they can enjoy muscle-relaxing warmth and a wonderful, calming scent.

Available in two stylish prints, Morning Bloom and Evening Bloom, it’ll be welcome relief after a busy day.

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9. Treat Your Own Back by Robin A McKenzie

Practical tips for treating your own back pain

If you want to treat your loved one to a book that’s less about the psychology of back pain and more about practical ways to help, this is the one to add to your cart.

The McKenzie Method for treating your own back pain has been recognized for over 50 years.

In this book, he discusses the causes of back problems and how postural changes and simple exercises can be life changing.

It’s the simple and straightforward approach to back care that readers loved about this book.

The writing style is easy to follow and digest, and the book is well illustrated with photographs to demonstrate the different exercises.

Readers also reported amazing results:

Improved mobility, relief from daily pain, and serious money saved on expensive back care treatments!

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Unique and Innovative Options

1. Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table, Back Pain Relief Kit

Take the pressure off their back

On the face of it this might look like a torture device! But inversion tables can be life-changing for people living with back pain.

In fact, research has shown that using the device can significantly reduce the need for surgery.

Teeter are the leading inversion table brand, and here at The Good Body we can vouch for the FitSpine X1!

The 8-point floating suspension system moves with you for controlled rotation, with a secure lock-out when in full inversion.

Acupressure nodes on the board provide trigger point relief, plus they’re both adjustable and removable.

Download the free Teeter Move App for guidance on how to get started, and for access to inversion experts.

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2. Pilates Bar Kit

Introduce your loved one to a new mind and body practice

A study published in 2016 revealed that pilates can be an effective way to treat back pain, particularly lower back pain.

Give someone everything they need to get started by treating them to this pilates bar set.

In the kit they get a Pilates bar, two power cords and foot straps. They’ll also get access to three reformer-style video workouts to get the most from the equipment.

Those who purchased the kit felt it was a great addition to their home gym, so perhaps the ideal gift for someone who loves working out.

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3. The Groove® X-Pillow

A pillow for their knees!

Sleeping with a pillow between your knees is beneficial for those with back pain.

That’s because it can correct your sleeping position and more naturally align your hips and pelvis as you sleep.

Groove have created this X-Pillow with exactly that purpose in mind.

It sits comfortably between the knees, providing the alignment needed.

Though it looks like a simple accessory, those who bought it felt that it worked like a dream and helped them sleep more deeply.

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4. Peterpan Long Rubber Hot Water Bottle

Give their hot water bottle a serious upgrade!

We know that heat therapy can be powerful.

However sometimes a hot water bottle doesn’t quite cut it, and you need a heating pad that offers a little bit more.

Take a look at this extra long hot water bottle.

With a plush fleece cover, it can be used on the lower back pain or laid against the length of your spine.

You can also add icy water to enjoy cold therapy which has its own health advantages!

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5. Trigger Point Back Rocker

Align the back and alleviate pain

Correcting your posture can ease backache.

Dr. Aaron Fu created this trigger point back rocker after working with many physical therapy patients over the years.

He wanted to design an at-home tool that would help patients mimic a neutral spine position. This is exactly what this device does, with strategically placed nodes added for applying deep pressure to your trigger points.

The recommendation is just 5-10 minutes of use each day to release tension in the muscles and improve your range of motion.

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6. Therabody Wave Roller

Roll away the pain

Therabody are known for their range of powerful percussion massagers (like the Theragun PRO featured above).

Another great Therabody tool for back pain is the Wave Roller.

This full-body roller has been created for larger muscle groups. Just lay back and work the wave texture up and down your back. The pattern helps with traction but also adds another dimension to your treatment.

It will quickly replace any standard foam roller as it offers powerful vibration therapy to reduce tension in the muscles and improve your range of motion.

Pairing with the Therabody app you can choose from five levels of intensity and follow guidance to get the most from the product.

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7. Beurer Infrared Light Heat Lamp

Turn up the heat for pain relief

Another option that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of lower back pain is infrared heat therapy.

The Beurer Infrared Lamp is a powerful little machine that emits heat to target pain throughout the body. The lamp can focus on large areas so ideal if you’re purchasing for someone who needs targeted relief from chronic back pain.

The heat can also help to improve blood flow and circulation, loosening up tight muscles and helping to heal damaged tissue.

Beurer’s Heat Lamp can easily be adjusted to target the area needed and the heat is delivered through ceramic glass so it doesn’t feel too hot on the skin.

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8. iReliev Leg & Foot Air Compression System

An affordable way to experience air compression

Back pain doesn’t just take its toll on your back, it can also cause pain in your legs, particularly conditions such as sciatica.

Ease the discomfort with this complete leg and foot air compression system from iReliev.

Just place your legs and feet inside and the compression boots inflate to apply gentle pressure.

There are two different modes, allowing you to massage the feet and calves separately or at the same time.

Choose from three levels of intensity and add optional heat to increase blood flow and soothe those aching legs.

Air compression systems can be expensive, but this system offers real bang for the buck!

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9. ComfyBrace Posture Corrector

Help someone practice good posture

As mentioned previously, good posture is key for your back health.

Help your someone special to correct theirs by wrapping up this ComfyBrace Posture Corrector.

The brace is made of a breathable material meaning it can be worn discreetly under your clothes.

Adjusted to fit everyone from a 30” to a 43” chest, it can easily be adjusted using the straps.

The posture corrector develops your muscle memory, teaching your mind and body to keep your back straight.

If you want an affordable gift for someone living with pain then, at less than $30, this is the one for you!

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10. Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

Treat your loved one to a finger pressure shiatsu massage

If you can’t quite stretch to the price of a massage chair, then treat them instead to a seat pad.

Comfier’s chair pad offers an impressive range of therapy settings, including rolling massage and air compression. It also has indulgent vibration and heat functions to deliver an even more satisfying treatment.

2D and 3D finger pressure shiatsu has to be the most exciting feature, as it effectively gives you an experience that mimics the hands of a real massage therapist.

Choose from upper, lower or full back, or opt for the spot feature if you have one area that is really causing you problems.

People who use the chair pad regularly couldn’t believe the relief it offered them from long term back problems.

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11. Far Infrared Amethyst Mini Mat

Relax on a bed of hot gemstones

The Far Infrared Amethyst Mini Mat is just as luxurious as it sounds.

Lie back on 15 layers of jewelry grade Korean and Brazilian natural amethyst crystals as the mat helps to relieve tight muscles and painful knots.

The amethyst crystals are thought to have healing powers, and are crushed and polished to produce far infrared rays.

Those with back problems reported vastly improved sleep and general relief from daily pain.

It’s certainly a big ticket gift but one that seems to promise the recipient a great night’s sleep.

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12. FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Desk

A fully adjustable workspace

If you’re shopping for someone who works from home, then it’s unlikely that they have an ergonomically correct workstation.

Choose this adjustable desk from FlexiSpot and take the pressure off their back.

A standing desk is thought to help improve your posture. It’s also one way to reduce back pain and it can even boost your productivity.

This fully adjustable desk can be used with a chair or raised easily to allow a standing position.

You can completely customize your package by choosing the desktop material, frame and a range of unique accessories.

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Need more inspiration?

Help someone make more time for themselves.

When you’re suffering with back pain it can a great idea to make time for self-care.

Explore our list of 41 of the best self-care gifts to boost their wellbeing and help them unwind.

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.