20 Gifts for People with Arthritis: Ideas That Show You Care
If you’re shopping for an arthritis sufferer that wants to find ways to make their life easier or alternative treatments to manage their pain, then why not buy them a gift that can help.
Below we’ve put together a list of the 20 best gifts for people living with arthritis:
1. Mission Farms Relieve CBD Cream
Relax painful muscles with CBD
More research needs to be done, but early indications show how beneficial CBD oil can be for those living with the pain of arthritis.
However with so many different CBD products on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose.
Mission Farms Relieve 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 are proud to grow the happiest hemp! Using no chemicals or pesticides, they rely on the glorious Oregon sunshine and water from the local river.
Plus this cream contains goat’s milk which soaks into the skin and delivers CBD right to the joint, helping to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
The packaging looks good too, making it a wonderful gift for someone looking for ways to manage daily pain.
2. iReliev Wireless Hand & Wrist Massager
A truly ‘handy’ gadget!
Gift your someone special this Hand and Wrist Compression Massager from iReliev.
Better known for their range of market-leading TENS units, this clever device is perfect for anyone suffering from arthritic pain in the hands or wrists.
All they need to do is slip a hand inside the soft chamber and air bladders will inflate and deflate to deliver a compression massage.
They can choose from two different massage modes, adjust the intensity and switch on the optional heat setting to further their relaxation.
Shoppers with arthritis highly rated the massager feeling that it offered them some real relief from their pain.
3. Vive Foam Tubing (9 Pack)
Improve their grip with this simple tool
Simple tasks in life like brushing your teeth or writing a note can be so much more difficult if you live with arthritis.
This pack of foam tubing makes a great little stocking stuffer, as it allows the recipient to enjoy a more secure grip.
Whether it’s cutlery or a pen, they can slip it inside the tubing and they’ll have more control without having to struggle.
You get 9 pieces of foam tubing in the pack that you can cut to length, with three different diameters to fit a variety of items.
People with arthritis love this tubing, describing how easy it is to cut so they can use it in a variety of different ways.
4. Aku Ball
Acupressure therapy in the palm of your hand
Release muscle tension and tight joints by wrapping up the Aku Ball.
The Aku Ball (that we reviewed in detail here) uses acupressure therapy to increase blood flow and improve circulation.
Research has shown self-administered acupressure has a positive impact on arthritis, particularly for those suffering with knee osteoarthritis.
Covered in 656 metal spikes made from copper, nickel, silver, iron and zinc, the ball can be rolled anywhere on the body.
We asked someone with rheumatoid arthritis in the hands (and Raynaud’s disease) to test the ball, and she loved the warming sensation she experienced.
She reported that it noticeably reduced swelling in her fingers, and offered relief from the pain in her hands at the end of a busy day.
Love the spikes but want more?
5. Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide by Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall
Embrace the healing power of yoga practice
In this book experienced clinicians Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall demonstrate how yoga poses can be performed safely, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced yogi.
They also offer clever adaptations of poses to help provide relief from the pain associated with arthritis.
Those who had begun reading the Yoga for Arthritis book felt that the illustrations inside really helped to guide them through the poses. The fact it was broken down in to joints made it even more accessible.
Some readers did feel that a little prior knowledge of yoga would be helpful before beginning, so it would make a great gift for a yogi looking to adapt their regular practice for their condition.
6. Secura Electric Wine Opener with Foil Cutter, Automatic Corkscrew and Foil Remover
Help someone open their wine in seconds!
If your loved one suffers with arthritis in the hands then opening a bottle of wine can be really difficult.
Secura’s Electric Wine Opener solves that problem. Just push a button and this nifty device will remove the cork in just a few seconds. It also includes a foil cutter and remover so they don’t have to struggle with that either.
You can open up to 30 bottles before it needs recharging, plus with such a compact and contemporary design it’ll look good and not take up too much space in their kitchen.
Users with arthritis love how they can now get in to their wine with little or no effort.
7. Able Life Auto Cane
Get in and out of the car with ease
Another daily task that can be tricky for people with arthritis, is getting in and out of the car.
This simple tool from Able Life can be kept in your glovebox or bag. Hook the metal cane on the door striker or latch, and use it to lever yourself in and out the car.
Able to support the weight of a person up to 300lbs, it’s strong and doesn’t require any modifications to the car.
Available in multiple colors, it’s a useful and affordable little stocking stuffer that could make a big difference to the life of your loved one.
People were initially a little skeptical about how strong the tool could be, then after using it described how it “didn’t budge a bit”!
8. Green Tea Sampler from adagio Teas
A hot steaming cup of pain relief
There are a number of teas that are shown to have benefits for people with arthritis, and green tea is one of them!
Green tea has strong anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s considered to be effective in reducing the inflammation caused by arthritis.
However don’t pour your loved one just a standard cup of green tea, when they could savor a cup of adagio tea.
Inside this box you’ll find 12 of their best-selling green teas. Savor refreshing and sweet aromas as well as nutty and zesty flavors.
Each portion has been measured out for an easy one cup loose tea experience, so the recipient can find their perfect blend.
Tea lovers appreciated the chance to try different flavors without having to invest in a huge batch, and felt it had really helped them to refine their green tea preferences.
9. Thermoskin Premium Arthritic Glove
Wearable relief from daily pain and swelling
Pain in the hands can be typical of arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis. Thermoskin Premium Arthritic Gloves can help with the daily pain.
Their soft inner lining helps to increase circulation and generates heat within the hand.
With pain and swelling in the hands it can be difficult to grip, luckily these clever gloves have a textured finish so they can help with that too.
You can wear the Thermoskin gloves as little or as often as you like as the material is breathable.
What makes them more impressive and even handier is that your fingertips are still in action so you can do daily tasks more easily.
10. Vive Sock Aid
A must-have gadget for anyone with arthritis
Treat someone you love to the Vive Sock Aid, and make the tricky task of putting on their socks each morning a little bit easier.
Pop your sock or stockings on the slip-resistant cuff then use the handles to lift it up your leg.
The length of the cord can be adjusted to suit people of different heights and the handle is soft to allow you to get a good grip.
Users of the sock slider couldn’t believe how easy it was to use, and how they could finally stop avoiding getting in to awkward positions just to be able to put their socks on!
11. iReliev Weighted Heating Pad
King-size comfort where it’s needed
Early research has shown that weighted blankets offer some benefits to people with arthritis and we know that heat is great for the condition…
So why not combine both by wrapping up this iReliev Weighted Heating Pad.
The light weights inside the super soft cover allow the user to apply heat more effectively, wherever they want to use it on their body.
It’s a great alternative approach for pain management helping to soothe muscle aches and stiff joints.
Described by the manufacturer as offering king-size comfort it’s large enough to treat your back, legs and arms.
12. RMS Deluxe 28″ Long Dressing Stick – Dressing Aid for Shoes, Socks, Shirts and Pants
Don’t struggle with zips and hooks!
A practical item for anyone with arthritis that limits their range of motion, is the RMS Deluxe 28″ Long Dressing Stick.
It’s such a handy tool for putting clothes on as well as shoes and socks.
On one end is a push / pull hook for general clothing and shoe assistance, with the opposite end being “C” shaped for fastening shoe laces and pulling up zips.
Users loved the lightweight nature of this long dressing stick but commented that it still felt durable.
It might seem like a simple gift, but don’t underestimate the impact of it, as reviewers appreciated the ability to be able to get dressed much quicker than they had done previously.
13. Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal
Encourage someone to live a more mindful life
Buying a self-care gift for someone living with arthritis is a great idea, as it helps them find different ways to cope with their condition.
Journaling is shown to be particularly positive for helping people living with chronic pain, as it can be a way to address difficult feelings.
This guided mindfulness journal encourages the writer to set intentions for the day, and make time for relaxing activities such as cooking or creative work.
At the end of the day writers can then reflect, recognizing what was hard and stressful, as well as the kind things they did for themselves.
Those looking for an anxiety journal loved this book, as it helped them to calm their thoughts, while acting as a reminder about the importance of living mindfully.
14. Karite Paraffin Wax Bath
Dip their hands in hot wax
Asking someone with arthritis to place their hands in hot wax might not seem like a good way to deal with daily pain.
Paraffin wax acts like heat therapy relaxing the muscles and reducing joint stiffness — while also making your hands super soft.
This kit from Karite gives them everything they need to get started.
You get the wax warmer, plenty of lavender paraffin wax as well as mitts to wear after the treatment to improve absorption.
Arthritis warriors raved about this one! They couldn’t believe how much it relieved their daily discomfort.
15. iReliev TENS Unit Pain Relief System
Pain relief treatment created for arthritis
TENS therapy can be a powerful pain relief tool for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
If you don’t know what TENS therapy is, essentially it’s a mild electrical current that’s administered through a TENS machine.
The pulses stimulate the nerves, interrupting the pain signals that are sent to the brain, reducing both chronic and acute pain.
iReliev’s Pain Relief System is a powerful and portable TENS unit, giving the user eight different pain relief programs to try.
One of the programs has been specifically created for arthritis.
It offers 25 adjustable intensity levels and a therapy timer, so your loved one has full control of their treatment.
We’ve reviewed numerous TENS units over the years, and we have to say iReliev create some of the best machines around.
16. Urpower Essential Oil Diffuser
Fill the air with pain-relieving essential oils
There are a number of essential oils that have properties that can be so beneficial for people with arthritis.
Treat your someone special to this essential oil diffuser and they can fill the air with the pain-relieving scents!
With a large 1000ml capacity, it can go all day without you needing to refill it.
Just add in a few drops of your favorite scent and it will gently mist the fragrance into the air.
You’re also gifting them a new way to unwind, as the color changing light can create a relaxing ambience wherever they need it.
17. The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook
See the changes an anti-inflammatory diet could bring
Did you know that when some people eat certain foods, even healthy foods like tomatoes, it can create inflammation in their body?
The Arthritis Foundation recommend trying an anti-inflammatory diet if you’re suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in particular.
So the Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners book is a great gift for someone who is looking for natural ways to manage their condition.
This anti-inflammatory diet book contains easy to follow meal plans and 75 simple recipes recommended by nutritionist Lulu Cook.
Readers of the book loved how easy the plans were to follow and that they involve eating simple meals with good ingredients. They also felt that the book really educated them on making positive food choices.
18. Shacke 24″ Inch Extra Long Handled Shoehorn
Take your shoes on and off with ease
It might seem a little bit of a strange choice for a gift, but if you’re struggling to take your shoes on and off it’ll be well-received.
This Shacke extra long shoehorn is made from a really sturdy plastic so it’s built to last.
You can grip it with your entire palm, making it accessible for people with a range of different issues. Plus it’s available in lots of different fun colors!
Users of the Shacke long handled shoehorn couldn’t say enough good things about it.
They felt the plastic was strong and resilient, and that it was the perfect solution for a simple task that they’d really been struggling with.
19. Spafinder Gift Card
Give the ultimate gift of relaxation
Enjoying a spa day might not have been a luxury many of us could really enjoy this year, but why not treat them to something they can look forward to?
Buy a Spafinder gift card and they’ll have access to thousands of spas and fitness centers across the United States.
They could choose to enjoy a rejuvenating day at the spa, sample a new alternative therapy such as acupuncture or enjoy a relaxing massage.
If they decide they want something a little more indulgent they can use the voucher for hair and beauty treatments too, so maybe a haircut or fancy manicure.
Vouchers can be redeemed easily online for whatever relaxation means to them.
20. Koo-Care Large Flexible Gel Ice Pack & Wrap with Elastic Straps
Enjoy the relief of hot/cold therapy
Wearable relief, like the Koo-Care Flexible Gel Ice Pack and Wrap, is a wonderful gift for someone struggling with pain.
The sheer size of it means it stays hot or cold for longer, and is ideal if you want relief over a wide surface area.
To change from hot to cold you can easily pop it in the microwave or freezer depending on the relief you’re looking for.
Koo-Care’s flexible hot and cold wrap fits to your problem area easily thanks to the elasticated bands and straps, making it possible to wear it comfortably on your shoulder, knee or hip.
Plus it stays flexible even when cold meaning you can mold it around your body while enjoying the cool relief.
Living with arthritis can leave some people feeling completely exhausted day to day.
If you’re still looking for gift inspiration, take a look at our list of relaxing gift ideas to help them unwind.
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Marijuana for arthritis: Latest research, patients’ experiences and best strains
Did you know 15% of Canadians and as much as 56% of arthritis patients in Canada are under the age of 65?
Learn how to use marijuana for arthritis, as well as the best strains to use, and get a simplified look into official scientific research. As a bonus, we are sharing some opinions of arthritis patients who have tried medical cannabis.
Although arthritis is thought to be a disease of 65-year-olds and older, you’ll be surprised to learn that it can affect people of any age, and sometimes even children. There are many medications and ointments that can help with the pain, but they don’t work for everyone, which is why an increasing number of patients want to try medical marijuana.
I wanted to find out more about the weed-arthritis connection, so I figured that the best way to start is to learn all I possibly can about arthritis before hitting Google Scholar and the like. Once I dug through the studies, I visited Reddit for user feedback and, finally, I read strain review websites to find out what people suffering from arthritis actually need in a strain.
Marijuana for arthritis: Latest research, patients’ experiences and best strains Back to video
Here’s what I’ve found.
A quick introduction to arthritis
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints which causes pain and several other symptoms, but it’s not just one single disease, as many people think. Although the term arthritis is used to refer to joint pain, the actual condition includes up to 200 different joint conditions and diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis (OA) and many more.
The statistics say that around 15% of Canadians and 23% of Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. And this number is on a steady rise. Arthritis is a common condition among the aging population (over the age of 65), but it also affects younger people—as much as 56% of arthritis patients in Canada are under 65.
The initial symptoms of arthritis are usually stiffness, especially in the morning, pain and swelling around the joints. Then the other symptoms become more evident: you get tired more quickly than you used to, restless sleep becomes typical, and over time it progressively becomes difficult to move joints and even to use your own hands. There are many different types of arthritis, and equally many causes: improperly healed injuries lead to degenerative arthritis, genetic factors are usually the main cause of osteoporosis, a dysfunctional immune system can lead to lupus or RA, abnormal functioning of metabolism causes gout.
Once again, there is no cure for arthritis. Depending on the type of the disease itself, there are a few more or less effective treatment options. Here are some medications that can be used to keep this condition in check:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Counterirritants (creams with menthol and capsaicin)
How exactly can cannabis help with arthritis
Over the past few years, cannabis has become a popular supplement among people suffering from arthritis. In every country where the plant has been legalized for medical use, arthritis is on the list of medical conditions that allow for the use of cannabis.
Arthritis is caused by the inflammation of the joint tissue, and cannabis is known as a great anti-inflammatory agent. There are many cannabinoids in the plant, but THC and CBD are the ones “in charge” for fighting pain and inflammation.
When researchers first noticed that cannabis has some potential in treating chronic pain, they basically didn’t have a clue how that actually happens. They first discovered that the joints of people suffering from arthritis have extremely high levels of CB1 receptors. That led them to conclude that the substances in marijuana which trigger the activation of those receptors have the potential to reduce inflammation, as well to reduce pain.
The fact that THC was the one binding to those receptors and that it was so effective in reducing inflammation, triggered the further curiosity of scientists. So, in another study, a group of researchers discovered that THC was able to change molecules, leading to suppression of inflammation.
The second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana called cannabidiol (or just CBD), has shown to be effective in treating arthritis symptoms as well. According to a study done by the University of Kentucky, applying CBD topically can relieve inflammation as well as pain in conditions connected to arthritis. What is also important, besides the great therapeutic potential, is that CBD provides relief without any side-effects. Another study found that early CBD treatment can prevent pain and nerve damage in osteoarthritic joints.
What we can take away from these studies is that THC and CBD work in unison, but that high CBD marijuana strains may be the best choice, in this case, giving us the best of both worlds—pain relief with clear headedness and without strong psychoactive effects.
Arthritis patients’ experiences with cannabis
When it comes to experiences of real patients, there are more than a few interesting stories online. Here are just a few of the more interesting ones shared by arthritis patients, but feel free to investigate this yourself.
Best strains for arthritis
Before you start experimenting with different strains for arthritis, think about your lifestyle and what you would like to achieve. What time of the day do your symptoms occur? Would you rather treat inflammation or the pain? Do you have difficulties sleeping? The key here is to choose the right strain: some are energizing, some are sedative, some have a lot of THC, while some are high in CBD. To speed up your search, I made a list of different kinds of strains, for different occasions.
Please take these recommendations with a grain of salt, as the effects of cannabis are notoriously subjective.
Cannatonic: One of the most popular medical hybrid strains, Cannatonic is known for its high CBD levels and low THC content. It’s mainly used for treating all sorts of pain as well as muscle spasms, which makes it one of the favorites among arthritis patients. It’s great for relaxing during the day.
Anesthesia: The name says it all—it kills any type of pain in no time. Anesthesia is an indica strain recommended for nighttime use since it’s very sedating. It will give you a strong body-high and a cerebral buzz, so the best time to use it is only after you have finished with your day.
GSC: Also known as Girl Scout Cookies, GSC is a hybrid known for its high THC levels. It’s usually recommended for severe pain. Besides pain, GSC is good for beating stress and depression (a common condition for arthritis patients).
Harmonia: Although it’s an indica, Harmonia will not make you as sedated and locked to your couch as you would expect. And this is because this strain has slightly higher levels of CBD than THC, which diminishes its psychoactive effects. You’ll be clear-headed and ready for your daily challenges.
Harlequin: What’s so great about this strain is that it relaxes without sedation and intoxication. Harlequin is a sativa-dominant hybrid, with high CBD content. It’s a popular strain for fighting inflammation and pain, especially pain caused by arthritis.
Remedy: A high CBD indica, Remedy has been primarily used for treating nerve inflammation pain. We can freely say that there are almost no psychoactive effects with this strain. Arthritis patients looking for relief can use Remedy during the day without worrying about feeling “high’.
ACDC: One more sativa-dominant hybrid that doesn’t alter the mood and mind. ACDC is a popular daytime strain with plenty of medical properties and almost no psychoactivity at all. What is so special about this strain is that it flushes pain out almost immediately.
Pennywise: A fine choice for an afternoon use, since it provides a mild psychoactive effect. This strain not only blocks pain, but it also helps other conditions and symptoms that come with arthritis, like neurological disorders.
Death Star: A very powerful indica that will make you quite high. Death Star is a perfect late afternoon choice, with high THC levels to take care of pain and will help you fall asleep.
Power Plant: Being a pure sativa, Power Plant is a perfect way to start your day. This strain has bone-protecting properties and, combined with pain-relieving features, is one of the best strains for arthritis patients.