As we age, knee pain may not be inevitable, but it’s a common complaint among many people. Even when the younger set is factored in, the American Osteopathic Association reports a third of all Americans are affected by knee pain.
A host of remedies abound, including joint-replacement surgery, injections, strong prescription drugs and over-the-counter pills and potions. There are also non-invasive solutions that can offer the unique gift of sweet relief without drugs, or as a complement to medication.
Using technology developed by NASA to heal astronauts’ injuries, this infrared LED device, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, covers a wide area to produce safe and gentle heat. It stimulates blood circulation to relieve swelling in joints and loosen tight muscles. A study at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin showed the LED technology reduced painful inflammation by up to 37%. Unlike heating pads that only treat just below the skin’s surface, this unique gift’s LED light penetrates deep into tissue for long-lasting relief.
This hands-free device combines infrared LED technology and vibration massage to ease knee pain. Also available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this massager includes a compression sleeve that keeps the device from slipping off the knee and insulates the skin. Four LEDs surround the patella and produce infrared energy for improved blood flow to relieve stiffness and fatigue. Six neon warming lights—adjustable from 113-149°F—heat the surrounding exterior tissue. Meanwhile, an 8,000 rpm vibration massage kneads out tension and soothes muscle aches.
Get relief even while you’re active with these gentleman’s walking shoes They feature a patented sole that helps to relieve knee pain. Developed with rheumatology experts, the shoes employ flexure zones built into the outsoles, proven in a study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to reduce knee load by 20%, essential for slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. EVA insoles provide comfort to forefoot, arch, and heel while the rubber outsoles ensure an even, reliable grip while walking. Breathable mesh uppers keep feet dry and comfortable. The shoes are available for ladies, too.
Building leg strength and, especially, losing weight can help ease knee pain, but both of those are easier said than done for many folks. In the meantime, these unique gifts can bring some comfort to anyone who has ever said, “Oh, my aching knees!”