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Gifts for people with back pain

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


Shopping for one of the 540 million people globally affected by back pain?

Pick a powerful back pain relief tool and they’ll be thanking you for many months or even years to come!

With a range of prices to suit your budget, we’ve put together a list of the best gifts on the market for back pain sufferers:

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 stylish back massager described it as a “must-have” and loved using it while relaxing and watching TV!

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2. 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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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 massage gun competition 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 massage 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.

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4. 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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5. Aku Mat

Experience the closest thing to acupuncture in your own home

Wrap up an Aku Mat and you’re giving 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.

Akuspike takes acupressure mats to the next level, as instead of plastic spikes like the competitors, the points are made of copper, iron, nickel, silver and zinc.

After testing countless acupressure products over the years (and reviewing the Aku Mat in detail) we’re left in no doubt that it’s by far the best acupressure mat around. The experience is far superior to using a mat with plastic spikes.

This clever mat can be used rolled up too, making it perfect for positioning on the neck and lower back.

Worried it looks painful?

We did a Q&A with the founder of Akuspike, Paul de Jersey, and he said it can be at first.

However, you quickly get used to the sensation and the results are totally worth it.

We’ve also reviewed another exciting Akuspike product with metal spikes, that you can literally hold in the palm of your hand…

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6. 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 massage 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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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 pain 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. Extra Long Hot Water Bottle - Navy Fleece

Give their hot water bottle a serious upgrade!

We know that heat therapy is a great way to treat lower back pain.

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 from YuYu Bottle.

With a plush fleece cover, the bottle is made from natural, biodegradable rubber that can be strapped around your lower back.

Air pockets in the bottle ensure the heat lasts for up to six hours, or you can add icy water to enjoy cold therapy — also great for back pain.

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9. 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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10. 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 TENS units on the market, 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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11. 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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12. 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.

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 Theragun alternatives with a good range of features.

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13. Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager Cushion

Enjoy a deep-kneading massage on the go!

It’s a bit impractical to wrap up a massage therapist, 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 massage therapist.

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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14. 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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15. Beurer Infrared Light Heat Lamp

Turn up the heat for pain relief

Another back pain relief 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 target 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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16. 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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17. The Shakti Acupressure Mat

Lie back on 6,210 individual acupressure points!

If the Aku Mat is a little out of your budget, then the Shakti acupressure mat is a great affordable alternative.

The mat has 6,210 acupressure points, and is lightweight, so ideal if you want to be able to simply roll it out and use it on the go.

Users of the product were amazed at how just 20 minutes of use could provide relief from long term back pain problems.

Recent research has shown the positive impact of acupressure on chronic lower back pain, so what better present to get someone struggling with their condition?

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18. Leramed Posture Corrector 

Help someone practice good posture

Good posture is key for your back health.

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

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

Adjusted to fit everyone up to a 50” 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.

There are lots of pricier posture correctors on the market, however purchasers of this one couldn’t believe how effective it was, not just to treat back pain but also other health issues such as headaches and migraines.

If you want an affordable gift for someone living with pain then, at less than $20, this is the one for you!

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19. 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 massage 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 a massage experience that mimics the hands of a real massage therapist.

Choose from upper, lower or full back massage, 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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20. iReliev Weighted Heating Pad

Cover someone in weighted pain relief

Though research around weighted blankets is limited, there is 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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21. 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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22. Yoga for Back Pain by Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman

Help them stretch their way to a healthier back

Yoga is a pretty magical practice that has so many health advantages you might not even be aware of.

One of those, is the way it can help to relieve back pain.

Yoga for Back Pain is a perfect gift for both complete beginner and experienced yogis.

Written by a duo of yoga and rehabilitation specialists, this book explores the causes of back pain and talks you through a number of asanas that can help you find relief.

If the person you’re shopping for has been diagnosed with a specific back problem, then they can jump to the chapter that describes poses particularly good for that condition.

Readers of the book loved how the authors had really understood their condition, and shown them multiple ways they could increase their flexibility through yoga.

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23. Simple Spectra Massage Ball Roller Set

Massager balls targeting EVERY muscle group

This massage ball roller set is a great gift option, containing one soft and one firm spiky ball, and one hard lacrosse ball.

The combination is thought to be ideal for targeting every muscle group in the body.

Owners of the balls loved the variety and how they could effectively treat their back pain.

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

Plus you also get a free e-book to help the user get the most from each of the physical therapy balls.

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24. Avana Kind Bed Orthopedic Support Pillow Comfort System with Bamboo Cover

Therapeutic cushions for full body support

When struggling with back pain one of the biggest challenges can simply be getting a good position to do the simple things in life like reading or watching television.

The Avana Kind Bed Orthopedic Support Pillow is a four piece comfort system that offers your body full support. It’s made up of adjustable therapeutic cushions including a back support, knee rest, head rest and cradle.

Users recovering from surgery report positive results, finding it a more comfortable option than a chair and enjoying the flexibility of the cushions to get comfortable.

With soft bamboo covers, it’s a high quality product that will be a welcome treat to anyone suffering with chronic pain.

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25. 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 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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Need more inspiration?

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

Explore our list of 24 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.