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Yoga Balls are soft, yet durable balls used for deep-massage of areas in your body where you hold stress. The Yoga for Back Care Kit contains one DVD by Rodney Yee with a 30-minute guided ball-yoga therapy session, one 6" ball and two 3" balls. The smaller balls are about the size of a tennis ball, but are softer and more comfortable.
Lacrosse Balls are somewhat firmer balls than yoga balls, and they are recommended by Kai Wheeler in the self-myofascial release routines demonstrated on our Neck and Shoulders Stretches web page.
You can use the Orbit Massager for self-massage or someone else can use it on tight muscles. This tool is useful for releasing tight muscles and for deep tissue massage anywhere on the body.Available from: www.sportstherapyconnection.com OR www.massagewarehouse.com. $20
Natural turned wood about the size of a large mushroom, the Knobble is used to knead tense muscles and trigger points. The large "cap" of the mushroom is held in the palm of the hand and the smoothly rounded stem is used to apply pressure. It isn't meant to replace hand massage, but saves wear and tear on your hands when working on tough spots.
Yoga specifically designed for RSI called "RSI? Rx: Yoga!". The program is designed by Gail Dubinsky, M.D. who specializes in RSI. Moderately paced, well balanced, "no experience necessary" yoga program that minimizes stress on the hands and wrists. Four segments of about 20 minutes length each.
Gentle Hatha Yoga audio CD or tapes for you to follow: "Hatha Yoga for Home Practice". The program is designed by Gail Dubinsky, M.D. who specializes in RSI. These tapes are designed for those with some experience in hatha yoga...an "ongoing beginner" level.
Yoga specifically designed for gardeners: "Yoga for Gardeners". The program is designed by Gail Dubinsky, M.D. who specializes in RSI. Specifically designed to help people who garden to avoid repetitive strain injuries, there are 6 distinct yoga sequences. These work on core strength, basic stretches, leg strength, and stretches for the shoulder and upper back, upper and lower back strength, arm stretches, and after gardening relaxation.
Foam rolls are used in release of the thoracic outlet and in back massage. Lie down with the 6" roll lengthwise under your spine, head supported on the roll. Let shoulders open up and arms lie on the ground in a relaxed position to open up the chest. Roll back and forth to massage the shoulders and back.
Zyflamend Whole Body is an herbal compound that acts as a natural COX-2 inhibitor. It works to reduce chronic inflammation. Take as directed in the package directions and give it at least one week to see if it helps your symptoms. Research has increasingly shown this to be an effective anti-inflammatory without the side-effects of drugs. In addition to the original capsules, it is also available in smaller "easy-caps", liquid, and a PM formula.
Product information: New Chapter, www.newchapter.com
Ordering: SpringValleyHerbs.comApprox. $33/120 softgels
A variety of fingerless gloves are available to help you keep your hands warm while working. Keeping your hands warm increases circulation and oxygenation of tissues to keep them healthy. Check our Gloves product web page for detailed information on the options available.
Almost all activities of the hand involve the muscles that close the hand. The Cat's Paw exerciser is based on the principle that you should strengthen the opposing muscles. By strengthening the opening muscles of the hand and forearm, the extensor muscles will hold the wrist in a neutral position more easily and prevent many symptoms of the wrist and hand.www.catspaw.com: $14.95 ea. or $29.95/3
People who must spend a lot of their day standing, especially on hard surfaces, often experience leg, ankle, and foot pain. One option is floor mats, which are detailed on the Lab Supplies products web page. Another option is to use high quality shoe insoles, which are essentially floor mats that can travel with you! We recommend MegaComfort MEGASole insoles which received extremely favorable reviews in a survey we conducted of SRI employees. Order by shoe size. The MEGAThotics have two additional inserts that can be used to correct problems with pronation/supination, bunions, plantar faciitis, achilles tendons, etc...more expensive, but worth the extra price if you have foot problems.MEGASole: $25.95 including shipping
MEGAThotics 3-in-1 Comfort Orthotic System: $44.95 including shipping
Hot/cold packs are a soft gel that will conform to the body. Freeze to use as a cold pack or microwave to use as a hot pack. Can be placed in hot water if no microwave is available. Buy the insulated pack or make sure you wrap the uninsulated pack in a towel before use to protect skin from injury. www.bmlbasic.com
Homedics Shiatsu Massager. Like the one you've tried in the Away-sis (AG 331), this back massager doesn't just vibrate, it kneads the muscles in your back with two rotating heads. Visit the Homedics website to find the one you like best. They are now available with heat.
P.O. Box 5955
Salem, OR 97304www.backtpack.com
Unique backpack for children and adults developed by Marilyn Miller von Foerster, P.T.
Distributes weight evenly on the sides, rather than the back, improving posture and reducing back strain.
Lafuma Lounger. This lounger has a trampoline-like suspension system which distributes weight evenly and eliminates pressure points. Adjustable from upright seating to fully reclined.
Ultrafit exercise ball is great for stretching and strenthening exercises. Please refer to the Seating webpage; Alternative seating.
|Pillows should support the natural curve in the neck. There are a number of options on the market in the form of neck rolls or contoured shapes.|
The Trillow Biogreen contour pillow, available from Relief Mart http://www.reliefmart.com/green-pillow.htm ($149) is made of a memory foam which immediately molds to the shape of your head, provides superior support for your neck and head, and contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that other memory foam pillows contain.
Confourm Cervical Pillow, LivingGreen.com is a neck roll ($46.95) made of 40% vegetable oil/60% petroform memory foam with noxious chemicals extracted in a vacuum process. 4" or 6" diameters available.
Other options:The Comfort Channel. 1-800-303-7574. http://www.comfortchannel.com/level.itml/icOid/3644
|If you read or use a laptop in bed, it's important to support your lower back with supportive back cushion and cushioning under raised knees. This the Cequal Bed Lounger and inflatable Leg Lounger supports both back and knees. Order from:|
|Hermell Products Bed Wedge has a concave eggcrate foam surface which cradles your back when you are sitting in bed.|
ActiveForever.com, $30 includes cover
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