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xx Re: Your most useful bit of equipment????
« Reply #15 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 10:47am »

I've used a rolling pin as well. My daughter rolls it over the knots in my back until they relase. You can also lay it on the floor or bed, and roll on top of it.

I've got a Homemedics impact massager w/ heat. Don't use the heat much. Use the massager a lot.

Also, someone mentioned absorbine jr... I found something called PK5 at Walgreens. Smells like flowers. No stinking/burning/etc. Works for me... Except, being a guy, I'd like something that didn't smell so pretty.

Hope this helps. Kelly

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xx Thanks, Karen, for a great topic
« Reply #16 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 10:59am »

There's lots here to help us all!

My favourite lately was a small tripod stool; used a lot UNTIL I discovered last week a very cheap tripod stick-stool ie can be used as stool and as walking stick. Came in v useful yesterday when I was dragged on long walk by family rolleyes

Also I love my jar openers - two sorts - one goes around rim, the other 'releases' the air pressure inside and hey presto!

Also have an invaluable cheese 'slicer' - very easy and safe, and cuts cheese real thin - so good for keeping calories down!

Will probably think of more later, but posting this before comp crahses again sad

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xx Re: Your most useful bit of equipment????
« Reply #17 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 11:07am »

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If it is like the one I loved---caution!!

I got so comfy with it--I wasn't so careful & fell off of mine when laughing--in the bank.

They do have a more stable one--I hear--but I haven't seen it.

If you know of a resource online--I would like it.
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« Reply #18 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 11:23am »

have an online site for this. Bought it (for£5.99) at a well-known (UK) chain of chemists. All the stick-stools I can find online cost at least £40, usually £50! So this was a real bargain grin

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xx Re: Your most useful bit of equipment????
« Reply #19 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 11:33am »

Gee--I hope it isn't like mine--or that you can remember to be careful. grin grin grin grin

The first fall--in a public place is a good reminder though!
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 11:34am »

I found this info on how to make a cooling scarf. I would just use the moisture crystals that you add to plant soil. You find them in the garden shop. I also would just cut up an old towel to make one. That way you would be able to make it as long as you wanted. I am going to try soaking on in hot water and see how long they stay warm. Anyone tried this with hot water?

http://www.soapcrafters.com/coolband.htm

The ones I have purchased are 40 inches long by 2 inches wide (it is folded in half so cut your material 4 inches wide). Made out of plain cotton. It is zig zagged closed. Remember to go easy on the amount of polymer crystals you add, they swell!

Forgot to say I love the rolling pin idea. I collect them so I have many to choose from, different sizes and shapes. Gotta go try one!
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 12:07pm »

The thng that I have found that help release painful muscle aches is a large super ball (about an inch or so). The kind of ball that you used to play with as a child. A pain specialist suggested it to me and it really does help. You can stand against the wall and position the ball so that it releases and massages away painful spots. You can also use it by laying on the floor and placing it under the painful area. It's cheap and easy and can be taken to the office or on vacation easily.

I also love my moist heating pad. It's relaxing and helps ease the ache in my back and sholders.

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« Reply #22 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 12:13pm »

http://www.theracane.net/
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 2:18pm »

This thread, and all you wonderful people, are an amazing source of information.

Already I have a list of things to go and buy. No-one would believe they are for self-treatment:

sitting-cane (have forgotton proper name
rolling pins, assorted sizes
balls
and a wealth of other things.

The rub mentioned is not something I have come across in the UK. more's the pity.

I use Ruta gravis Homeopathic cream for sprains and strains and it is superb. You can get it in Homeopathic pills too. I cant use anything with NSAI's in...

One thing I have and treasure for the winter and cooler evenings is quite a light long scarf (mine is knitted in boucle yarn so extra light and extra warm) and it comes down to well by my hips and there, where my hands are, are two large pockets.

It's wonderful when my fingers are cold, and the scarf is wide enough (about 24") to use as a cover for chilled shoulders and to hug round you with hands in the pockets....and it is very, very light so no weight to carry.

Ruth, can you describe the thing you got for £5.99 from Boots in more detail pleasehuh

And more....

Jackie, this list, when it's finished (if ever it is!) should be preserved for posterity because the information and suggestions are so excellent.

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« Reply #24 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 3:57pm »

My rolling pin sounds about the same size as yours. The longer it is the easier it is to reach my neck and shoulders without hurting my arms too much. When I have a LOT of pain in that area I wrap a dish towel or bathroom hand towel around it to soften it against my skin.
Another thing I've found useful at times is to put a hard rubber ball (like a tennis ball or a little smaller) in a long sock to massage my back. I can hold the top of the sock (so I don't have to chase the ball) and lean against a chair or wall and move it or myself up and down on a particular spot. It also works on thighs etc. without tiring out your hands as quickly. smiley

Hope these suggestions help someone as much as they've helpe me. I've enjoyed reading everyone one else's "secrets" too!

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 4:40pm »

My reclinere chair is my favorite. actually I am hunting for even a better one that I can afford. I sleep in & computer stuff etc....
Waterbed feels great can adjust temp, fits to me.

Need to find those water pillows Klutzo. I wll have to get with you on that.hmmm, also 1 to sit on....

Rolling pin is good idea,just need some one to help me do my back anyone in fl who can trade off...

I miss my therapist, the best. OH FOR IS SUPURB MASSAGE ,CARING, LISTENING, I FELT SO MUCH BETTER . Wanted to bring the cutty with me.

I have my own little nest ,as my kids call it.... Anything I use on regular basis. Keeping my everyday things close by when I am really weak is quite helpul wink grin

Also found at garage sale (a whole 5cents) grin,It is like a jump rope, only rubber,wrap handles so good for everypart, can even use in my nest to keep stretching ;

Set my home to avoid anyother fall, aids to grabbing in chair to help my balanc,e Canes aLL OVER ETC, Set up like I set up old folks homes. tongue

Reflexolgy was quite helful, surprisingl

Doe`s anyone fnd therselves in pillow dept. Or touching everything to see how it feels from apparal to the blankets etc.huhhuh undecided

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« Reply #26 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 5:09pm »

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KerryBlue, I do that with pillows.....I have got a lot of pillows, failed pillows mostly that gave up after a short while, lost their firmness, went flat...whatever!! Even a shaped one which was, for me, an unmitigated disaster and caused my neck more damage than it ever helped.

Texture is important too...things like fleeces and blankets, dressing gowns and sheets....anything. My fingers and body are so sensitive to things that certain fabrics or finishes just over-stimulate my senspry receptors...fleece things are absolutely wonderful.

Reading about your nest I've just remembered a great 'piece of equipment' I use and this is my 'book basket' which lives on my bed. it's quite large but it contains 5-7 books of differing types, some to dip in, light novels, deep stuff, and anything in between, i.e. book for every mood. Also, the basket holds my BP monitor, a gathering of pens, tissues, my lavender eye pillow, headphones for the cd/radio/tape player, notebook and journal. And they all live tidily in this basket. Always there, never lost.

I'm gonna add a grabber to my list, maybe two....I already have walking sticks (canes), 2, 1 upstairs and 1 down!!

The idea of using the long sock or stocking to extend the use of the ball is terrific.

This is an absolute goldmine of information.

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« Reply #27 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 6:06pm »


I've been beading all day and this is the first time I have had a chance to check in. This is the best thread I have seen.

I have just started doing QiGong (something like Tai Chi) and it is feeling very good. Katie and I took a day class together and are going to try to do all four levels.

It is very restful and moves the energy (chi, as the chinese say) blockages in your body. We did an hour of it and I was suprised it was so strenuous. Really felt it the next day.

I also loved doing exercises in the warm water pool and was doing this three times a week until I developed an allergy to the chlorine. Now I am going to start a once a week class and cover myself with aquaphor which keeps everything our of your skin.

Thanks everyone. i know some of these things, ever have a theracane in the closet. i am going to have to start using them better.

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« Reply #28 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 7:03pm »

My hot tub is a great bit of equipment. We don't use it much in the summertime (it's outdoors), but we have started using it over the past week or two.

The trick to it working well for me is NOT to go in too close to bedtime. If I do, I find that I get all zoomed up and don't sleep well at all. But if I go in about 1 1/2 hours before bedtime, it relaxes me and doesn't disrupt my sleep at all.

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« Reply #29 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 9:20pm »

Lisa,
We put one in a few years ago, too, and almost never use it in summer but it's hot tub weather right now. If I am in the worst of shape, it will give me about an hour of pain relief after I get out.

The "young adults" living with us, and their friends in the neighborhood just love it.

Thanks Lisa for the advice about timing with the hot tub.

This is a wealth of information1 I'm gobsmacked!

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