As long as there have been people, health and freedom from sickness and pain have been almost as important as food, water, clothing and shelter. And from prehistoric times until just recently, people relied on herbal medicines and natural remedies to find the cures they needed. Fact is, until the development of modern chemistry, that’s all they had! There wasn’t a choice of ‘eating organic’ or ‘natural cures’, because that’s all there was!
Here is just a short list of medicines from plants and natural sources:
Aspirin–A pain killer derived from the willow tree
Morphine–comes from opium poppies, is widely used to stop excruciating pain.
Penicillin–discovered as a chemical in cheese mold, and used as an antibiotic
Caffeine–Most of us use it as a stimulant, it of course comes from coffee beans and tea
Cocaine–Grown high in the Andes Mountains of South America, it comes from coca leaves, and has been used to offset altitude sickness and increase energy levels. It was an original ingredient in Coca Cola.
Here is a list of the most popular books on Amazon:
Probably the biggest misconception in modern society, is that we humans exist outside the laws of nature. Think about it:
In addition to the use of medicines in indigenous cultures such as Native Americans before the use of modern medicines, many cultures developed their own forms of medicine using plants.
We breathe air, like all animals do. We eat food that comes from Nature. We are living organisms and share lots of DNA with both other mammals as well as vertebrates….
So if you kiss that frog, he or she may turn out to be a prince or princess in disguise….but seriously, all this means is that we are intertwined with Nature, which traditional peoples have known for literally thousands of years. Understanding how to use natural medicines is one of the most basic skills people have had for centuries. We’d all be better off knowing something about it. Examples of systems of medicine from other cultures are:
Needless to say, modern medicines have been a great step forward in treating both maladies as well as their symptoms. In the “old days”, if you had to have surgery, they’d give you massive amounts of alcohol….not a good thing.
However, modern forms of anesthesia have been a huge improvement in pain management during surgery. Likewise, antibiotics have cut the rates of infection and death due to disease or injury. However, we’re seeing some serious disadvantages to pharmaceuticals, such as:
Inadequate testing, which resulted in serious side effects, an example being Thalidomide, which caused serious birth defects. Or Vioxx, which resulted in a number of deaths.
Overprescription, especially of antibiotics. Over time, disease and infection related germs and pathogens develop resistance to such medicines. We are seeing a resurgence of diseases like tuberculosis, or flesh eating bacteria, as these noxious organisms become immune to the medicine.
Improper or even unethical use. Nowadays, we are bombarded with advertising, to scare us into begging our doctor to give us some medicine, which not only costs money, but may have side effects, which then need yet more medicine. It becomes a downward spiral of overdependence on manufactured drugs.
The best current example is the opioid crisis, where doctors end up making addicts of their patients.
US Drug Deaths Are Showing Alarming Increases Over Time
Possible Advantage of Natural vs. Manufactured Drugs
There may be several advantages to using natural medicines instead of pharmaceutical medicines, one being that you get additional ingredients or trace minerals that medicines made in a lab just don’t have. As the well known site, Natural News, points out
“While the pharmaceutical industry thinks it can just copy the primary medicinal compounds found in plant medicines, the truth is that these isolates will never compare to the real deal. By missing out on the synergistic effects of trace minerals, pharmaceutical copycats pale in comparison.”
From a nutritional point of view, suppose you had a disease called scurvy, which is actually a severe Vitamin C deficiency. You could take pure Vitamin C. But if you take it in the form of an orange or a lemon or lime, you get complimentary chemicals calle bioflavenoids, which aid in the absoption and use of Vitamin C by your body.
Turmeric, a relative of ginger root, is well known as an anti inflammatory. So it is best taken with Black Pepper, which makes the turmeric absorb into the body more effectively.
At least partly because of the problems coming from modern pharmaceuticals, people are returning to traditional medicines.
Disadvantages of Natural Herbal Medicines
There are a some disadvantages to Herbal Medicines.
It may be difficult to get consistency in strength
If you buy a prepared or prepackaged herb, it may also be expensive, especially if it is in capsule form.
In rare cases, herbal remedies may interact negatively with other drugs, especially pharmaceuticals.
Are You Someone Who Studies Plants–Or Would Like to?
Would you like to become an herbalist? You could go to a special school that teaches these specialized skills, which would take several years and probably several thousand dollars. Or to start with, get a good guide for herbalism for beginners.
But your best bet, is to simply have a handbook or guide, where you can read about natural herbal medicine, see photos, and learn their properties, to see what make the most sense in your situation. These books are available at relatively low cost.
Here are the 5 best herbal medicine books you’ll find.
The Lost Book of Remedies
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine–550 Herbs and Remedies for for Common Ailments
The Modern Herbal Dispensary: A Medicine-Making Guide
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body
The Lost Book of Remedies is an excellent book. It covers over 200 different plant remedies, and classifies them by where they are found:
Forests and Woodlands
Wild Plants in Great Plains
Trees and Shrubs
Coastal, Tropical and Water-Loving Plants
Household Remedies (not plants but easily available items)
The Index is quite helpful, because it lists various maladies, and then points you to the page where you can find the right plant or treatment. It places them in alphabetical order, so you can search the issue you have, and then find the plants to use, plus what page it is listed on, so you can find them easily. For example, under “Bones”, it lists Osteoporosis, then cites 4 treatments: Red Clover, Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose, and the non plant item, Diatomaceous Earth. It gives the pages where they’re located and the index is pleasant to read, easily accessible, unlike typical indices with small print.
On Amazon, the book is available in paperback. At the time of this writing, it has a 4.5 star rating, however, it has just 80 reviews. That is less than the usual number I usually use in a review. However, it at this writing, 88% are 4 and 5 star reviews. 6% gave it a 1 star rating. The main issue those reviews have is that the book is overpriced and the print quality is not the best.
On the other hand, 70 out of the 80 reviews cite it as a valuable reference, with lots of information and excellent color illustrations.
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine–550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
As the name suggests, Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine is an excellent reference book. The Table of Contents divides the material into the following sections:
The Development of Herbal Medicine, which gives the theory and background of using herbs as medicine
Key Medicinal Plants. This is the main section covering 100 of the most commonly used plants for medicine.
Other Medicinal Plants. This section cover 450 plants that are also used.
Herbal Remedies for Home Use. You can learn how to grow and prepare your own medicines at home.
A final section with Glossary, Bibliography, General Index, and a particularly useful Index of Herbs by Ailment
The book sells on Amazon in hard cover. As for statistics, it has a stunning 97% positive rating, with not a single negative review at the time of this writing. The number of reviews is less than the 200 I look for, however, with such a positive rating, this book is an obvious choice, indeed selling close to 500 copies per month.
The Modern Herbal Dispensary: A Medicine Making Guide
As the title suggests, this book is more about how to make medicines from herbs. It divides herbs according to their different types, for example, Pungent herbs, acrid herbs and salty herbs. A total of 13 different types of herbs. It also recommends different types of solvents. A solvent is the medium which delivers the herb to the body. It recommends using water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar or oil.
However, each type of herb fits different solvents. So the book is really what to do with an herb, once you know what you need for a particular condition. As of this writing, it has a 4.8 star rating, with 214 reviews, 96% 4 or 5 stars. There is not much wrong with this book from an herbal preparation point of view.
The book also has a materia medica, which lists many well known as well as some newer herbs. This book would be a good complement to books that emphasize the identification and use of various herbs. This book is available either in Kindle or as Paperback.
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal
As the title suggests, this book of herbs is a very practical way to ‘teach by doing’. While it does give some theory of how herbs work, unlike other books reviewed here, it limits the number of herbs to those you would commonly find right at home. It then gives you specific recipes for how to use them.
Apparently, a lot of people like this approach, because it sells over 500 copies a month, according to the latest statistics (which change daily). It also has well over 1300 reviews. What is really stunning is the fact that the average rating, as of this writing is 4.9 stars, with not a single 1 star review, a highly unusual thing for any item.
The main purpose of this book and why in my opinion it is so popular, is because–truth be told–most people don’t want to spend hours, days and years studying herbs a discipline. People just want to know, for example, if their child has a sore throat, is there a way to treat it without going to the drug store. And there is! Cinnamon tea. Or for colds and flu, Ginger Lemon tea. The book gives numerous examples and recipes that are highly practical without being technical.
So Alchemy of Herbs is great for the average person who just wants some basic knowledge of how to treat common ailments easily and cheaply. The book is well illustrated, and very pleasant to read. Another benefit of this book is that it comes in three different formats:
Kindle–for those of you who prefer to go digital and not have lots of heavy books
Paperback–convenient to keep on the kitchen shelf
Spiral bound–best if you want to use it while working. The pages stay open
For your basic ‘home use’ herb book, this is the one you’ll want.
Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body
As of this writing, this book is the #1 Best Seller in the Herbal Remedies category, and has a 4.7 star rating, with over 400 reviews. The main difference between this book and the others, is that it gives historical context to the question of diet itself. As the title suggests, it recommends a real change in dietary habit, based on the idea that humans originated from Africa, and the original diet which is plant based is superior to the diets that humans adopted as they migrated to more Northerly climates, and started to eat meat.
There is an emerging movement towards veganism, or a 100% plant based diet. So, if you’re attached to that T bone Steak, or KFC Chicken, this book may not be for you. However, if you find that your health is in such a state that you really need to rethink what you eat, then this may well be the book for your. Indeed the lead review even cites the reviewers mother, who had cancer, and benefited from changing her diet to an alkaline food and herb diet.
Alkaline Herbal Medicine also points out that the Pharmaceutical industry derives 50% of its drugs from plants–a point they really don’t want you to know. Indeed, buying an herb, or worse (from a corporation’s point of view) growing your own medicine for a fraction of what they charge, is way cheaper than going to a doctor, waiting for hours, paying for a prescription, and so on. Plus, it’s a lot more fun!
In sum, if you have doubts about your health, and want to make a real change, instead of just treating this or that ailment, this may be just what you are looking for.
Honorable Mention: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide
I include this book as an honorable mention. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow and Use is also a best seller on Amazon in the category of herbal gardening. So it is not exactly on topic here. Also, it does not have a very large list of medicinal plants. But if you are looking for a beginners guide, to get you started in herbal medicine, then this book is also worth checking out.
If you type into the search area, “Herbal Remedy Books” in Amazon, it shows over 10,000 results. That is Ten Thousand choices of books in the category of Herbal Remedies! How are we supposed to decide what to buy? On one hand, I looked at what books have strong sales, which tells what the market thinks. But I also looked at books that have very high ratings. Every book reviewed here has at least a 4.5 rating, which is excellent. Second, I realized that people may be looking for quite different things when searching for a book about herbal medicines.
Some of you may want a much larger list and overview of all the possibilities. On that basis, the Lost Book of Remedies, or the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine would be the books I recommend. If you are looking for the more technical aspects of preparation of herbal cures, then The Modern Herbal Dispensary would be a good choice.
If you are doing a serious rethink of your overall health and want a road map for that, then Alkaline Herbal Medicine is the book for you. And if you just want a basic book of household remedies with simple to prepare recipes, then Alchemy of Herbs or Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs would be good choices. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and it helps you clarify, both your own objectives in looking for books about herbal remedies, as well as specific suggestions based on your needs.
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Do you ever have pain in your knee, or swelling or stiffness in one or both of your knees? I know I do. I have had 3 knee injuries over the years, and to be honest, from an athletic point of view have been kind of rough on them.
Now, if you want to know the top knee ice packs to reduce swelling, stiffness and pain right now, check this table to see the ones we recommend for you. However, our top pick is the Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap. You can find more details for it by clicking its button.
And if you want more detail information before that, including quick and easy ways to ice your knee, and learn more about this method to reduce knee pain, just keep reading.
How Do Your Knees Feel….Right Now?
What happens if you put too much impact on your knee from running or jumping? Truth be told, for older athletes, often times there is not much cushioning left, either due to injury and surgery, or to wear and tear. Likewise, there are many other ways you can damage your knee joint. And you want quick relief. So ice packs for knees may give you just what you need. Here is a quick and easy way to do cold knee therapy at home:
Conditions When Cold Therapy May Be Helpful
Pain after knee replacements
To reduce swelling in knees
If you have a knee sprain or strain
Leg swelling after surgery
If you want to treat a twisted knee
Cold therapy for meniscus tear
Ice therapy for arthritis pain
“Ice treatment works most effectively when used immediately after an injury or surgery (in the first 3-4 days), but can also help reduce pain and inflammation in longer term knee problems. The simplest way to apply cryotherapy treatment is to wrap some ice in a damp cloth e.g.tea towel.”
We were talking about that acronym, RICE, rest, ice, compression, elevation. So one question people might ask is, ‘isn’t a bag of ice good enough’. And in fact, in a pinch, taking some ice out of your freezer, wrapping it in cloth (to avoid skin damage due to direct contact with cold) can certainly help.
“Knee pain resulting from common strains and sprains can be treated at home by following a simple plan called RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.”
You can also get an ice bag, or even take some frozen food out of the freezer, wrap it and use it.
However, what if you can combine two of the treatments, ice (that is cold temperature) as well as compression to your knee? Might that have the positive effect of two treatments at once (actually three, since you are resting your knee while using a cold compression therapy system, or cold compression wrap?
Cold Therapy Systems for Knees
You can do the quick and easy approach to cold therapy as shown here. If you are willing to spend some money to add the compression factor, there are several fine products readily available. So let’s take a look at them.
The system we are using to choose from the thousands of knee cold compression wraps is to use the search engine used by millions, Amazon. If you go to Amazon and type in the ‘All Departments’ Box, “Cold therapy wrap”, guess how many choices come up…..10?….100?….1000?….nope…it is 4000 at least. There are 48 just on the first page! Crazy! So how do you decide what’s best for you?
The Top Cold Knee Compression Wraps
Millions of people are looking for, buying and then leaving feedback on their Amazon purchase. So what we do, is sort through all that, find the best sellers, with the best ratings, the most reviews and see what each product has. That way we can determine if a product will meet your needs. So let’s dive in.
Bear in mind that these are based on March, 2019 figures and are subject to change.
Pain Relief Flexible Ice Pack for Injuries by TheraPAQ
ESSENTIAL - Reuseable Hot & Cold Gel Pack with adjustable extra long belt for all body parts. A first aid essential for home, ideal for sports injuries, swelling, muscle pains, post surgery, body aches, recovery after knee replacement, arthritis treatment, joint pain relief and more!
REUSABLE - Can be used for BOTH warm and cold compression. The gel pack is reuseable and can be freezable while still remaining soft or heated in the microwave. Serves as an ice pack or heating pad. Perfect for any body part: Knee, Arm, Thigh, Leg, Foot, Lumbar, Cervical, Upper and Lower Back, Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Neck, Calves, Shins, Hips and more
FAST RELIEF, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE - Keep one handy in your fridge for a first aid icing emergency or your everyday comfort from pain. Just strap on and get the soothing relief from hot or cold therapy right away. Delivers up to 30 minutes of soothing cooling or heat relief for aches and pains
TRUSTED - Recommended by Physical Therapists, Doctors, Sports Trainers and Chiropractors. TheraPAQ has a non-toxic gel contained in a leak-proof blue plastic pac with elastic hook-and-loop straps (gel pack size: 14" x 6")
ORDER NOW WITH PEACE OF MIND knowing that we have a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, NO CATCHES! We stand above and beyond for our customers. If you're not thrilled with your purchase for any reason, just tell us and we'll refund 100% of your purchase price - anytime! IDEAL GIFT for Black Friday Deals, Cyber Monday, Prime Deal Day, Easter or Christmas
Far and away, with over 2300 sales per month, is this product by TheraPAQ. It is a gel pack, and can be used for either hot or cold, you just have to heat or chill it depending on your need. It has straps that can fit just about any joint or area of your body. This is a well established product with over 1600 reviews and a respectable 4.2 star rating. Generally, a rating with at least 4 stars is advisable, so this falls within the range.
It’s good to see what customers say who give it bad reviews. Sometimes they are just being mean or they use the product incorrectly and blame the product. This product had a few bad reviews, generally speaking of defects. One customer complained about putting it in the microwave to heat it and it started bubbling…..My advice: Don’t blame the knee wrap… just don’t leave it in the microwave on so long. Another said that some of the pouches started to leak gel not too long after they got it.
However, these bad reviews which comprise 6% of feedback while 67% were 5 star reviews. And given the number of reviews and daily sales, it’s safe to say, that if you need an ice pack (or a heat pack) you can’t go wrong. It also has a one year guarantee.
Vive Knee Ice Pack Wrap – Cold/Hot Gel Compression Brace
SOOTHING KNEE PAIN RELIEF: Targeting both the front and back of the knee with adjustable compression and hot or cold therapy, the Vive cold knee brace effectively reduces swelling, pain and inflammation due to muscle fatigue, injury or surgery. The soft knee brace also provides comfortable relief for sprains and strains, ACL, arthritis, sports injuries, surgery and more.
HOT OR COLD THERAPY: Includes three removable Arctic Flex gel packs for hot or cold therapy. Each pack easily slips into one of three pockets. Two pockets are located on the front of the knee brace and one behind the knee for targeted relief. The nontoxic gel packs are reusable, leakproof and latex-free.
FLEXIBLE FIT: Secured with a strong fastener system with four adjustable straps, the versatile knee brace fits knee circumferences up to 21". Suitable for both men and women, the soft brace can be worn on the left or right knee.
BREATHABLE NEOPRENE BLEND: Machine washable for added convenience, the knee wrap is made from a lightweight neoprene blend. Latex-free, the blend is soft and breathable for exceptional comfort.
VIVE GUARANTEE: 60 day unconditional guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.
Coming up next in terms of popularity (monthly sales) is this brace, which operates similarly to the TheraPAQ mentioned above. It sells almost as many, and has similar characteristics.
It uses gel and has straps to wrap around the joint. It has a higher Star Rating, 4.8, which is excellent. However, this appears to be a newer product because it only has 79 reviews. Usually, it’s a good idea to stick with products that have at least 200 reviews. However, because of its very high rating and apparent popularity, it is a safe bet to get this Ice Pack Wrap.
It has almost all 5 star reviews with only a couple of 1 star reviews. One of those said it had a defect. However, there are far more 5 star reviews. In addition, you get a 60 day money back guarantee. That is not as good as the one year guarantee for the TheraPAQ, though.
Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap Cold Therapy Wearable Ice Pack
Shown here is the large size Polar Ice Knee Wrap; there is an additional smaller size but the product is the same except for size. As the name suggests, this is not as versatile as the TheraPAQ. It has fewer sales, about 625 per month, which is still quite respectable. It also has 775 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. That is a good indication that the product has been around for awhile and people like it. What’s more, 75% of reviewers give it a 5 Star rating vs. only 3% with a 1 Star Rating.
The Polar Ice Knee Wrap does not use gel but instead, purified water, inside the ice pack which has a fleece cover, to prevent frostbite. You can also wear it during activities. It is suitable for both post surgery recovery, as well as sprains, strains and other types of injuries. While the ice packs are solid ice, unlike gels which remain flexible, the wrap is designed to go all the way around the knee, and covers a large area around the whole knee.
While the product is well received, has solid reviews, no mention is made of a guarantee. However, the very high percentage of 5 star reviews is a good indication that returns are very few.
O2 Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Ice Pack and Air Compression Wrap
O2 completes your therapy! If your Doctor wants you to do RICE Therapy (Rest Ice Compression Elevation), then we can help with the Ice and Compression! Great for Arthritis and Post Surgery
O2 quickens your recovery! By adding Air Compression to the cold, your recovery time is shortened according medical studies.
O2 is target designed! By designing for individual body parts, you get targeted pain relief for the area you need it most.
O2 is durable and reusable! The industrial design satisfies physical therapists for multiple uses per day. High quality materials, re-freezable cold packs with liners, and high end valves will ensure a long life to your needed therapy.
Coming in next with about 380 sales per month is the O2 Cold therapy knee wrap with ice and air compression. This knee wrap has over 430 reviews, and a 4.6 star rating, which is excellent. Even better, 77% of the reviews are 5 Star and only 2% are 1 star. Lots of happy customers here. What makes this product unlike the other knee wraps in this review is the addition of air compression.
This wrap is primarily meant for knees, but you can use it on other body parts. It makes use of gel pockets that you put into the freezer and then insert into wrap.
But what makes this unique is the use of an air pump in addition to the ice. So when you strap it on, pump up the air into the wrap. The description specifically cites the RICE formula and the emphasis on both ice as well as compression, aided by the air compression component.
With its very high review ratings, this product could be just what you are looking for if you have one of the condtions where cold compression is recommended.
Shock Doctor ICE Pack Recovery Compression Knee Wrap Brace
Shock Doctor is a well respected brand in the knee wrap and knee brace marketplace. It has a number of products that can be useful, depending on the severity of the condition of the knee. This product has multiple gel pack which are removeable, and can be used for either hot or cold therapy. It uses straps to hold it in place and provide compression.
As regards sales, reviews and ratings, it has about 260 sales per month and about 160 reviews. Because this product is more specialized for knees, it has fewer reviews than the products that can be used for other parts of the body, such as the TheraPAQ.
However, even though it does not have a lot of reviews, under 200, 75% are 5 Star and only 2% are one star. That, plus the reputation of the Shock Doctor brand make it worth your consideration.
Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Compression and Extra Ice Gel Pack
REDUCES SWELLING & INFLAMMATION - The combination of cold therapy and compression provides quicker pain relief and reduces swelling and inflammation. The gel packs and wrap were designed specifically for the knee area for a more focused treatment. (Refer to sizing chart to ensure this wrap will fit you properly.)
PROVIDES BETTER COVERAGE - The added compression ensures proper contact of the ice gel pack with the injured knee for better coverage and deeper cold penetration, compared to just using ice packs on their own. Use the air pump to add the desired compression and to ensure a snug fit, for better coverage and deeper cold penetration.
RELIEVES KNEE PAIN QUICKLY - Provides relief for knee pain caused by Arthritis, Runner's Knee, tendinitis, bursitis, meniscus / ligament issues and more. For optimal results, leave ice gel packs in freezer until needed. (2 hours minimum.)
BONUS ICE PACK INCLUDED - Comes with an extra ice pack so you don't have to wait in between icing treatments. Allows for longer knee therapy treatment times, if recommended by your doctor. The ice gel packs are re-usable, leak-proof and contain non-toxic gel.
This is a newer product, as indicated by its having only 62 reviews, and about 185 sales per month. What makes this knee wrap different, is that it has both air compression as well as an extra gel pack. That way, you can chill one while wearing the other. On the other hand, keeping your knee cold continuously for long periods of time may not be the best approach. Still, having an extra gel pack is useful.
As with other knee wraps, it claims to stop pain quickly and you can use it for the usual range of symptoms, from sprains and strains, to arthritis, runner’s knee meniscus, surgery and knee replacement. Its main advantage is the extra gel pack, which is removable, an air compression pump and versatility for all kinds of knee issues. It also has a 100% money back guarantee.
Just today, I was having lunch with a couple of guys and we were talking about joint pain. Both of them have used drugs like Ibuprofen, or Celebrex, both of which are NSAID’s or Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. One friend said he’s had some serious pain and found that it worked well. My other friend told me he took Ibuprofen and his blood pressure spiked to 180/100! Point being, these drugs can work but there is a dangerous serious side effects, especially if you use them regularly.
That’s why non drug approaches to joint pain may be just as effective, safer, and in the long run cheaper than constantly having to go out and buy more medicines. Give this some thought. Better yet, you can click on this link or one of the links of products discussed here and check them out for more detailed study.
As you can see, out of over 4000 products sold on Amazon, these are ones that are considered by people just like you to be their top choice. So I hope this review will save you a lot of time and energy. Good Luck, and take good care of your knees!
Are You Over 65 and Want to Protect Your Health and Stay in Shape?
For some people over age 65, using an elliptical, treadmill, cycle or rowing machine is just fine. However, the equipment available in gyms can vary widely, so when you’re choosing the best exercise machine in a gym — or buying a machine — keep these factors in mind. via The Best Exercise Machine for Over 70 Years of Age.
However, my personal preference is to use a rowing machine. The idea of using a treadmill to me reminds me of those rats in lab experiments. If I’m going to walk, I like fresh air and the outdoors. Elliptical trainers are also good because they work multiple muscle groups. So if that’s your preference, that’s fine, too. As for cycling, I prefer to combine small errands around town on a bicycle. So get the exercise as well as get somewhere.
Bikes are great for exercise, recreation and doing small local errands
It’d be great to go rowing in a boat, but if you’re not near a river or a rowing club, then a rowing machine is a great alternative. You can even keep one around the house. They don’t take up so much room and are easy and convenient to work out on.
Senior Moments, and Balance Issues
As we get older, we may find some memory loss or balance issues. Not to mention that our joints are not what they used to be, and we want to avoid impact caused by running or other types of exercise. So for that reason, a rowing machine takes care of those issues as well. Here are two rowing machines you can consider.
Stamina ATS Rower
This checks all the boxes for a reasonably priced rowing machine–some rowing machines cost 5 times more. The fact that it comes with a 3 year warranty of the frame is great. However, the 90 warranty on parts is a bit of a concern. As of this writing, it gets a 3.8 star review, which is passable but not great. Most of the reviews are 4 and 5 star, however, a number of reviewers say the machine broke after the warranty ran out—not a good thing! Probably the most accurate review says “it is good machine for the money, but if you want reliable quality, look elsewhere.” If you use this machine for light use, it will probably be OK. On the other hand, as of this writing, it ranks in the top ten for rowing machines.
So the Pros are:
Lots of Reviews
Ranks high for rowing machines Its star rating is mediocre
Rowing Machine Dimensions: 75.5 L x 18.75 W x 22 H Inches / Weight: 54 Pounds. Features Comfortable Padded, Upholstered Seat Slides Easily.
Designed With Efficient Wind Resistance for Smooth Rowing Stroke And Multi-Function, Electronic Performance Monitor Displays: Speed, Time, and Calories Burned.
Equipped With Large Foot Plates To Fit Every User. Adjustable Nylon Foot Straps Hold Feet Securely in Place While The Over-Sized Seat Rail Offers Smooth Sliding Seat. Angled Seat Rail for Easy Seat Return.
Sturdy Steel Construction with Tough, Nylon Rowing Strap. Folds For Storage And Features Wheels for Portability and Floor Protectors Safeguard Your Workout Area and Prevent Skidding.
Enjoy 3 years manufacturer warranty on frame and 90 days manufacturer warranty on parts plus free shipping when you purchase from Dazadi.
Sunny Health and Fitness Magnetic Rower, SF-RW5515
As the information box shows, this rower has all the important stuff: Digital Monitor, Foam Grip Handle Bars, Non slip Foot Pedals, Transportation Wheels and Adjustable Resistance. It has over 1000 reviews and a respectable 4.1 Star Rating. This is also only about 1/5 the price of the higher end “premier’ rowing machine, the Concept 2 rowing machine. While it doesn’t cite a specific warranty on its Amazon page, one customer said that when the machine broke, the company replaced it with no charge.
What is also significant, is that, as of this writing (which is subject change) it is an “Amazon’s Choice” rowing machine and ranks # 2 for “Rowing Machines”
Has all the basics of a rowing machine
Not as reliable and durable as more expensive models
DIGITAL MONITOR - The large LCD console displays time, count, calories, total count, Scan. The convenient scan mode displays your progress to assist you in tracking all your fitness goals
FOAM GRIP HANDLEBARS - Help prevent calluses with the improved Sunny Health & Fitness Handle Bars. Non-Slip foam grip handlebars offer comfort while enduring those long rides. Slide rail inseam: 44 inch
NON-SLIP FOOT PEDALS - Textured non-slip foot pedals will ensure safe footing during the most demanding and vigorous workouts! Foot straps keep your feet saddled in so you can focus on the workout without feeling unbalanced
TRANSPORTATION WHEELS - Built in transportation wheels for easy portability. Simply tilt and roll out for use or away for storage, no need for heavy lifting or muscle strain. Folded Dimensions: 37L X 19W X 53. 5H inches
ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE - With a simple twist, you can increase or decrease resistance, so your workout can remain challenging and effective throughout your fitness journey. 8 Resistance levels.Slide Rail Length:48 inches
For older adults, impact type exercises such as running, jumping and highly strenuous workouts may not be optimal, and even cause injuries. Gym equipment that requires standing, such as Elliptical or Treadmills are not everyone’s cup of tea. For that reason, a rowing machine my be your best bet for an all around cardio, strength and flexibility workout. It exercises most of your muscles but with minimal risk if used properly.
On the other hand, they do take up some space at home, and may not be right for a small space. Also, quality varies, and price does matter in terms of durability and quality. So as a possible buyer, please weight these factors in, when you are considering a purchase. If you can afford it, my overall choice would be the Concept 2 Rower. Here is my full review of this rowing machine.
You can see a demonstration I recorded with Fitness Trainer, Eric Anderson here:
The other day, I was having lunch with a couple of friends of mine, and the subject of pain relief, such as painful joints, painful back and in my case, painful knees came up. My two friends mentioned that they were using a couple of drugs which are generally known as NSAIDs, or Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. While true that not all joint pain is due to arthritis, a significant amount is. Here is what the CDC, or the US Government Agency Center for Disease Control has to say about this:
Between 2013 and 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nearly 23 percent of Americans had a diagnosable joint disorder. Though most of these can be classified as arthritis, that category is broad. There are over 100 different varieties of arthritis. Still, a large percentage of those cases fall into two main categories — and if you experience joint pain, yours could too.
NSAID stands for Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. One of the main causes of pain is inflammation. So some drugs, the steroidal drugs, such as cortisone or prednisone are steroids, which also reduce inflammation. NSAIDs, though, work differently from Steroids. They are so called COX (Cyclo-Oxygenase enzymes) blockers, thus reducing another chemical in the body, prostaglandins. This results in reduction of symptoms such as pain, inflammation and fever.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) are a group of medicines that relieve pain and fever and reduce inflammation. There are nearly two dozen different NSAIDs available, but they all work in the same way, and that is by blocking a specific group of enzymes called cyclo-oxygenase enzymes, often abbreviated to COX enzymes. via List of Common NSAIDs + Uses, Types & Side Effects – Drugs.com
What are the Benefits of NSAIDs?
Pain is an unfortunate aspect of life. It can come at any age and from a variety of causes, such as illness or injury. In seeking relief from pain, people often use some types of medicines. Two common ones are opioids and steroids. Both can lead to significant problems. Opioids can be highly addictive. In fact there is a serious crisis from the use of opiods, such as Oxycontin, which we hear about in the news almost daily.
Steroids are not addictive, but they can have significant side effects, such as the thinning of tissues. Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatories, especially those sold ‘over the counter’, that is, without a prescription, are readily available, not expensive and they do work.
When an individual is feeling pain or experiencing inflammation on a certain region of the body, OTC medication is often adequate for providing pain relief. These kinds of OTC drugs called NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are accessible at department stores and drugstores. via Benefits Of NSAIDs – Benefits Of
Common Side Effects of NSAIDs
NSAIDs are enormously popular drugs which can relieve pain. However, they can have either annoying or even serious side effects. The most common one is stomach irritation. However, if you take them over a period of time, more serious symptoms such as tendency to bleed more easily, ringing in the ears, headaches, and even an increase in blood pressure. For this reason, taking them over an extended period of time can cause real problems such as kidney or liver problems or even heart attacks and strokes!
One friend told me that he took Ibuprofen, one of the most common NSAIDs for 3 days, and his blood pressure then jumped to 180/100! He knew something was wrong because he started feeling dizzy. Fortunately, he has a home blood pressure monitor and caught it. For that reason, it might be better to use more natural alternatives if possible.
Anyway, the fact is that NSAIDs are very popular and effective if used properly.
Arthritis is perhaps the most common source of knee, back and joint pain, especially as people get into their 50’s and beyond. Let’s take a look at the top brands of NSAIDs, to see what literally thousands of buyers chose, and why.
We went to Amazon and typed in the search box, “NSAID’s for Arthritis”.
260 products came up. However, for our purposes, in this case, we chose the top pills, capsules or tablets. (Other methods of pain relief are also possible of course). Click here to learn about those.
The number one best seller according to the latest (March 2019) results is the Basic Care Ibuprofen Tablets. It has the same ingredient as Advil, and according to their information, it is good for headaches, muscle aches, minor arthritis pain, toothache, backache and menstrual cramps.
It also ranks as the #1 Ibuprofen product.
Over 600 people reviewed it, and gave it a stunning 4.8 star rating. With 89% giving a 5 star review, while the combined 1 and 2 star reviews amount to only 1%. Very few products have such high scores.
Excellent Supplemental Information
One of the value added benefits of the product, is that the listing has some excellent general information about what causes pain, and what to do about it. So go to the listing just for the information it provides.
It also provides extensive warnings about possible adverse reactions, so be sure to read that, as well.
Basic Care Naproxen is a very strong contender in the NSAID pain relief space. It sells over 7000 bottles a month, not as many as Basic Care Ibuprofen, which sells over 15,000. However, it is the #1 Naproxen Sodium product, with a 4.8 star rating, and over 400 reviews.
It compares with the active ingredient in Aleve, and provides temporary relief of minor arthritis, muscle, headache, menstrual, backache, and tooth ache pains for up to 12 hours.
It also has extensive supplemental information about pain relief and cautions about its use. If you are looking for an alternative to Ibuprofen, then this might be what you are looking for.
Aleve is Proven Better* and Lasts Longer** on Pain than Tylenol.
Get Fast, Continuous Pain Relief with Aleve Liquid Gels.
Only Aleve Works at the Site of Pain All Day with Just Two Pills. Aleve is different, unlike Tylenol and Advil, each Aleve liquid gel has the strength to last 12 hours.**
Aleve is an over-the-counter (OTC), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has provided temporary relief from minor aches and pains for 25 years.
Aleve provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains due to backaches, muscular aches, headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, menstrual pain, toothaches, and the common cold. Also temporarily reduces fever.
Like Advil Liqui-Gels, Aleve comes in an easy to swallow form. It is also extremely popular, selling several thousand bottles a month, has a 4.5 star rating and respectable 200+ reviews. It specifically states that it is meant for minor arthritis, back and body pain.
The liquid gel capsule provides 12 hours of pain relief. It ranks #2 as Naproxen Sodium on Amazon, however, it maintains that “Aleve is the #1 Orthopedic Surgeon recommended over the counter brand for minor arthritis pain”. That is quite a strong endorsement. Its possible advantage is its liquid gel form, which may be absorbed more quickly and easily than tablets, although this is not authenticated.
Advil coated ibuprofen tablets temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to: headache, toothache, backache, menstrual cramps, the common cold, muscular aches, and minor pain of arthritis. Advil coated ibuprofen tablets temporarily reduce fever as well
So whether you have a headache, muscle aches, backaches, menstrual pain, minor arthritis and other joint pain, or aches and pains from the common cold, nothing's stronger or longer lasting.(1) The medicine in Advil is #1 doctor recommended for pain relief.(2)
Includes one bottle 300 Advil coated ibuprofen tablets, temporary pain relief. Make pain a distant memory with Advil ibuprofen, the #1 selling pain reliever (among over the counter pain relievers), providing safe, effective pain relief for over 30 years
Recent Amazon rankings (which change frequently) say that Advil Coated Tablets ranked very high, #4 in Joint and Muscle Pain Relief Medications and #7 in Arthritis and Pain Relief Medications. It sells over 3500 bottles a month, has over 600 reviews and has a 4.7 Star Rating.
With a stunning 87% of reviews giving it 5 stars, and only 1% giving it 1 star and 2 star reviews. Consumer sentiment is very high for this Advil product. And of course, it is a trusted brand name for 30 years. It also claims to be the #1 Doctor recommended pain reliever.
What makes this product different is that it is a coated tablet. So it is a tablet like the Basic products reviewed above, and it is also coated. This is Ibuprofen, like several other products reviewed here.
One interesting issue that comes up is the difference between generic drugs, such as Basic, and brand named drugs such as Advil. One question implied that Advil compared to generics is ‘amazing’. And refered to the opinion of the answer, that ‘nothing is better than the original’.
According to the individual who answered the question, the amount of ibuprofen may vary more or less than the amount that Advil states it contains. So just because it uses the same ingredient, how much is in it and how it delivers to the body may be better than the generic. That is one person’s opinion and not something that this reviewer would speculate about.
The bottom line here, is that if you have arthritis, muscle pain, fever, headache, etc., all of these products are highly recommended according to the hundreds of 5 star reviews and thousands of monthly sales. How to choose? It comes down your personal preference in the kind of pill you like, which is easier to swallow and which brings on relief faster and lasts longer. These are subjective factors, that is, up to the individual to decide.
Is There a Difference Between Generic and Brand Name Drugs?
So how do you decide what to buy? The Basic Store Amazon page doesn’t use the word “Generic”, which would be kind of nice. Why not just call things by their true name. It does point out that all its products are made according to the highest standards.
On the other hand, the University of New Hampshire makes a strong case for generic over prescription drugs.
So if the quality is the same but the price is lower, then what? Well, it boils down to the issues discussed earlier, such as how easy is it to take? At these prices which are not terribly high, even for the brand name drugs, it may not matter too much. Do you prefer easy to swallow gels, or does it not really matter to you?
Check out the Amazon listing for these offerings and see what you think is best.
Prescription vs Over the Counter Drugs
A final consideration is, whether you think you should get a prescription rather than a non prescription, OTC drug. Prescription drugs require seeing a doctor. Which can take time and money for the doctor, and higher cost of the drug itself. Not discussed in this review are NSAIDs that require a prescription.
They’re generally stronger but may also have side effects which you need to thoroughly check with your doctor. And, whenever your doctor recommends a drug, do a search for ‘side effects of…..’ and see what results you get. Are potential side effects worth the benefit of the medicine itself?
On the other hand, if your condition really demands it, that visit to the doctor could make all the difference in your treatment being successful or not. For starters, click on the links here, to see for yourself what works for you, if you want to get some fast relief, and are willing to put off a visit to the doctor. Good luck! Nobody wants to be in pain. Here is a good place to start to get better fast!
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult a licensed medical professional if you have a medical issue.
Fact is, our bodies do have a great capacity to heal themselves if we just lay off the stress and give them a chance.
Here is another fact:
Sleep and Healing Injuries
We all know that if you are sick, the best thing you can do for yourself is to just go to bed, get some rest, and SLEEP. But the same is true for injuries, and even for heavy duty workouts. Bodybuilders put a lot of stress on their muscles and joints, and the first step in many muscle building plans is the micro tears due to heavy lifting. That’s why muscle builders get a lot of sleep, which is when the effort they made in the gym works out to repairing muscles built during sleep.
Likewise, getting a good night’s rest can make all the difference. Just the other day, after doing a lot of leg exercises, I noticed my knee acting up. I got a good night’s sleep and my knee feels a lot better. Try it yourself.
When you sleep, your body restores and repairs various functions and replenishes hormones to a healthy level.
“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood,” says Dr. Merrill Mitler, a sleep expert and neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in a story on the NIH website.
In other words, late nights and disrupted sleep interfere with the body’s ability to repair damage and rejuvenate itself. Getting quality shut-eye, as it turns out, becomes more challenging as we age. At least 50 percent of people age 65 and older report having sleep problems, according to The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Have ever noticed how sometimes you will feel pain in your knee after sleeping, or even that your knees ache at night? It may be that while you’re sleeping, your leg goes into some awkward stressful position. Let’s also remember that as we get older, the cushion in our joints, the cartilage and meniscus deteriorates, which makes the knee more susceptible to pain.
So an obvious solution to knee pain, and in fact other types of joint and nerve issues, such as back pain, sciatica, hip pain and so on can benefit from using a knee pillow. This can either be a pillow between the knees, under the knees or even a pillow that elevates the knees and legs.
The Top 5 Knee Pillows on Amazon
It is very common to use the purely subject approach to deciding what product works. Of course, only you, after using a product can decide if it’s worth it or not. We often depend on expert opinions to help us make a decision. That can be very useful, as well. However, what if you had the benefit of hundreds or even THOUSANDS of product testers giving you an evaluation of a product.
In this study, we’re going to look at the top 5 knee pillows on Amazon. How to determine the top 5?
We used these criteria:
The (approximate) number of monthly sales
The number of reviews
The rating on a scale of 1 to 5
The overall rank according to Amazon’s own internal criteria
These figures are taken from a software program called Jungle Scout, which goes into Amazon’s data base and extracts this information. While not exact, it does give a good idea of what is going on inside Amazon.
Let’s dig a little deeper into these measures.
The (approximate) number of monthly sales
This is a direct reflection of the overall popularity of a product. While it is true that markets and people’s opinions change, at least we have general idea of what the Amazon buying public thinks at least in the current (May 2019) period.
The number of reviews
The more people who review a product, the better case can be made what the overall opinion of the public is. So generally it is best to stick with products that have a minimum of 200 reviews.
The rating on a scale of 1 to 5
Most of us have seen how many products and services are rated on the basis of the ‘Star System’. Products rated between 4-5 stars are more likely to have high customer satisfaction.
Amazon’s Rank for the product
Amazon has something called the Best Seller Rank. It ranks products by both broad category as well as narrow category. For example, if you do a search for ‘Knee Pillow’, in Amazon, you will find the following:
Knee Pillows are categorized first in “Home and Kitchen”. You won’t find “auto tires” in home and kitchen but of course we do use pillows in the home. So knee pillows are ranked in Home and Kitchen (ranks change constantly) in this snapshot. And then in the Bedding > Bed Pillows & Positioners > Leg Positioner Pillows categories.
Based on these measures, here is what are the best rated, most popular knee pillows on Amazon in 2019 (month of May).
CONTOUR KNEE PILLOW - This contoured superior memory foam knee pillow with washable cover allows for a comfortable all night's sleep by elevating your upper knee while placed between your knees. The therapeutic side sleeper body positioner - encourages the correct posture. No more restless nights!
SCIATICA PAIN RELIEF - Eases back, leg, knee, ankle and hip joint pain by providing proper spinal alignment and reducing pressure while sleeping. Just insert the bolster inbetween your knees and sleep on the side most comfortable for you. Customers report great comfort when using our premium knee pillow for sleeping on their side
ESSENTIAL CUSHION - Improves circulation for side sleepers, use as knee spacer during pregnancy or post surgery recovery, assists with restless leg syndrome. Includes a free storage and travel bag! The Cushy Form knee pillow will feel softer in warm and firmer in cold temperatures. The pillow will also react to your body heat by yielding and softening throughout the night
TRUSTED - Recommended by Physical Therapists, Doctors, Sports Trainers and Chiropractors. Can be used as an abductor pilow, and provides relief for hip bursitis and scoliosis. Cushy Form is 100% Visco-elastic memory foam, hypo-allergenic
GUARANTEE - We have a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, NO CATCHES! If you're not thrilled with your purchase for any reason, just tell us and we'll refund 100% of your purchase price - anytime! IDEAL GIFT for Mother's Day, Labor Day Sale, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Prime Deal Day, Easter or Christmas
100% PURE MEMORY FOAM - Our memory foam cushion is 100% pure with no additives and is made from the exact same material as the world's best memory foam manufacturers.
ERGONOMIC CURVED DESIGN - The orthopedic contour keeps your knees separated with ideal spacing and support to align your legs, hips and spine. Relief and treatment for knee, hip, leg and thigh area, pelvis, lower back, lumbar and spine, arthritis, bursitis, joint & sciatic nerve pain aka sciatica. Perfect for side sleepers and use during pregnancy.
REMOVABLE STRAP - Our knee pillows are equipped with a removable and adjustable hook-and-loop strap that keeps the knee pillow in perfect alignment between your legs when you roll over while sleeping. No more hassles with readjusting the wedge pillow in bed, giving you an undisturbed night's rest!
FREE BONUS: MEMORY FOAM EARPLUGS -Comes with 2 pairs of premium quality memory foam ear plugs with an industry leading NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 33, packed conveniently into a travel case
LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE -Your knee pillow is protected under our lifetime warranty and if anything happens we will send you a new one at absolutely no cost! You can sleep well from night til morning knowing you can rely on the help of Everlasting Comfort.
EFFECTIVE ORTHOPEDIC PAIN RELIEF - Recommended by Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Sports Trainers and Doctors, BeautifulLife Bed Roll Pillow uses 100% premium quality visco-elastic memory foam which is hypo-allergenic and provides excellent comfort and support to different areas of body, such as lower back, knees, hips, legs or ankles, and is best for back, side, or stomach sleepers, knee / hip replacement after surgery recovery, or during pregnancy.
LUMBAR PILLOW, KNEE ROLL PILLOW, LEG RAISER or SPACER - Ensure spine / hip alignment and relaxation, positively improve quality of sleep and rejuvenate your body. This memory foam positioning wedge body pillow at size 20.5" x 8" x 4.5" is perfect to provide cushion and lumbar support for sleeping / sitting while relieving lower back and sciatic nerve pains, Scoliosis and Sciatica Relief.
MULTI POTISTIONAL BODY SUPPORT - Uses this Half Moon Bolster as under knee support pillow, spacer between legs, lumbar support while sitting on reclining sofa / couch / chair, leg bolster for elevating your legs while sleeping on your back, or position under your ankles to lift your feet for better circulation while reducing varicose veins and accelerating post surgery recovery. Can also be used for car seat back lumbar support while driving
TOP RATED PILLOW with BEST MATERIAL - The dual layer firm bolster pillow uses 100% Visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam, which provides excellent back, knee and hip support without flattening out all night, ideal for long term use. Covered by breathable and machine washable organic cotton cover that is easy to clean. IDEAL GIFT for Mother's Day, Father's Day,, Labor Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Christmas.
LIFETIME SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - Each BeautifulLife product is backed by our NO HASSLE, 100% LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! If you're not happy with your purchase for any reason, we'll make it right or refund your entire purchase amount with no question asked! WAIT NO MORE. BUY IT NOW TO GET BACK A FULL NIGHT SLEEP AGAIN!
PAIN RELIEF-LEG SUPPORT- PREGNANCY- Ziraki knee pillow fits comfortably between your knees and provides maximum support and comfort throughout your day and night. It helps relieve sciatica nerve pain, pressure on the lower back, in addition to knee and leg pain . During pregnancy, use the pillow as a knee spacer while lying down, for better comfort and circulation.
IMPROVE SPINAL ALIGNMENT- Ziraki knee pillow will help keep your hip, legs and spine properly aligned, while lying down or sleeping, thus allowing for better circulation throughout your body.
HIGH QUALITY-MEMORY FOAM PILLOW- Made with premium quality,100% memory foam to provide long lasting comfort for hours, and won't flatten over time. Firmness for all memory foam products changes with temperature. Your cushion will feel softer in warm and firmer in cold temperatures. Room temperature is ideal for optimal performance!
EASILY WASHABLE-The convenient zippered cover, allows for easy removal of the machine-washable cover - just throw into the machine for a quick washing, and get your pillow looking clean and brand new.
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - If you don't absolutely love your Ziraki memory foam knee pillow, we guarantee you that we will reimburse you for 100% of your order.
ELIMINATES KNEE PAIN - Are you suffering from a knee pain or is just recovering from a torn meniscus and fractured tibial plateau or broken knee injury or surgery? Speed up your recovery by putting this knee cushion pillow as a knee separator to support your joints and muscles and have it properly positioned when you rest.
ELIMINATES HIP PAIN - When you get home, do you get pain and tension on your hips as you bend over or sit down? With this knee and hip pillow, you will feel relaxed as it helps in alignment and bursitis treatment. This is also perfect as a pregnancy pillow and after maternity pillow for hip pain and other health conditions affecting the hips.
ELIMINATES LOWER BACK PAIN - Do you get lower back pain while sleeping? This therapeutic pillow is a great relief from sciatic pain and improves your blood circulation as your lower back gets proper support while you sleep. You can sleep in a correct position and can take off any pressure on your spine by keeping a proper posture alignment.
GOOD FOR TRAVELING - Do you enjoy traveling? Decrease your stress with this pillow that's perfect to use as a headrest, footrest, lower back support, phone holder, and laptop pad. This memory foam travel pillow is made from soft, breathable and washable covers, so you'll feel comfortable and relaxed while you sleep. You deserve to be free from stress when you sleep!
GREAT FOR SIDE SLEEPERS - Whether you're a side or a back sleeper, you can get that precious deep sleep that you have always wanted with this thigh pillow. This is made from memory foam, so you'll feel like you're just floating on air while asleep!
This knee pillow is contoured to support your knees and help align your posture throughout the night. Its description says it ‘eases back, leg, knee, ankle and hip joint pain by providing proper spinal alignment.” It has an Amazon rating of #4 in the Leg Positioner Pillows category, and a respectable 4.3 star rating. It is also a top seller with, as of this writing, over 4000 sales per month. Plus, it has over 3000 customer reviews, 64% are 5 stars.
The bad reviews say that it is too small, or too firm, not meant for a petite person, and that it slipped out from between the reviewer’s knees at night, causing more pain. 6% of reviewers gave it a one star rating. So, ten times more people gave it a 5 star rating than a one star rating. This is a common issue, it is a great product, but not for everyone. As the reviewers point out, it’s a good idea to test something first. However, like most sellers do, you can get a refund if you’re not completely satisfied.
2. Everlasting Comfort Memory Foam Knee Pillow
This knee pillow has a couple of special attractions: It has a strap, which is removable, but you can use it to keep the pillow in place throughout the night, unlike its competitors. Plus, it comes with a bonus set of ear plugs. If you are sensitive to noise that is a nice little add on.
The Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow has a very high sales volume of over 2000 per month, over 1000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. So it has clearly got a great track record. 75% of the reviews are 5 stars, and only 2% are 1 star. Odds are, you won’t go wrong with this knee pillow.
3. Back Pain Relief Memory Foam Pillow
Unlike the other pillows, this pillow is shaped like a half moon, so it fits under your knees, giving them a slight bend. So it’s different from knee pillow that fit between the knees, which is good for side sleeping. It also gives some elevation to the knees but not the whole lower leg. You can sleep with it either on your back or on your side.
It sells over 2000 per month, has over 500 reviews, its star rating is 4.4 stars, and ranks #1 for Specialty Medical Pillows
73% of reviewers give it 5 Stars, with just 4% giving it a 1 Star review. What is the issue here? As a reviewer of reviews, I find it kind of funny when 1 one star reviews say the pillow is too soft, and another says it’s too hard. You just can’t please everyone. 86% give it a 4 or 5 star review. It also offers a 100% money back guarantee. What’s not to like about this pillow if you need one for this purpose?
I included this product because it is a different design and approach to dealing with knee and other body pain issues and does offer elevation. The fact that it is a top seller speaks for itself, in its category.
So if you are looking for a knee support pillow that fits under your knees, while allowing you to sleep either on your back or your side, this pillow is certainly worthy of your consideration.
As of May, 2019, this pillow is an ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for Knee Pillow. It has over 400 Reviews and has a 4 Star Rating and over 2000 sales per month. It also comes with a money back guarantee. This pillow is similar in design to the Everlasting Comfort Pillow, (which of this writing is more expensive). However, it doesn’t come with the ear plugs and it has a lower, though respectable, star rating. If price is an issue, this one is certainly worth considering. Check and compare current pricing comparisons for details.
5. Trademark Supplies Knee Pillow Leg Positioner
This knee pillow has a similar design as the Cushy Form, Everlasting Comfort, and ZIRAKI offerings. It has a solid 4.5 Star Rating, and is rated #1 Best Seller for Knee Positioner Pillows. With over 2000 sales per month as of this writing, it is a solid choice, and at a very affordable price (subject to change). So if you want a basic, no frills knee pillow at a great price, this is a good choice.
A simple search in Amazon for knee pillow for knee pain, brings up ‘over 2000 results’. Imagine going to a store to buy something and you are faced with a shelf with 2000 choices…..how to make a decision? Well, you could rely on a friend or trusted voice, which is best. However, when shopping online, it is much harder to get good advice. For that reason, we need tools that can take advantage of the opinions–how people actually spent their money, as well as their written reviews–to help guide our decisions.
Please remember that this review is a snapshot. Prices, sales volumes and ratings are subject to change daily. However, I think it’s fair to say that since all of these have sales of at least 2000 a month, and all having 4 or higher star ratings, with over 250 reviews, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
I hope this method of identifying products worth your hard earned money helps you. To go straight to Amazon to get more details on this or any other product you are considering, just click on the highlighted links or buttons. By doing so, you support my work to bring you the benefits of my research. Thanks for reading!
Knees Hurt? Learn How to Lose 10 Pounds in Two Weeks
A Review of Brian Flatt’s 2 Week Diet.
If you could lose up to 10 pounds or more in two weeks, do you think that might take some stress of your knees? Of course it would! Obesity is a huge problem. So if you have knee pain, and are overweight– that could be a big reason why your knees hurt. Here is the fact: Every pound you are overweight is like 4 pounds on your knee joint, which is much smaller than your hips and all the body weight is crushing the joint.
Third Party Review
Unlike some people who have reviewed Brian Flatt’s 2 Week Diet, I am a little unusual. I am not going to say, “I was 50 pounds overweight and lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks”. This 2 week diet review will give you my actual experience using the diet. So read on!
I have two issues. One is that my knees are sensitive, especially the one that’s been injured 3 times. In the past, I stayed in reasonably good shape by walking, bicycling and doing yoga. However, after my 3rd injury, and given the fact that I am over 60, loss of muscle strength and bone density become an issue, too, so I had decided to start weight training a year and a half earlier.
Detox and Lose Weight in Two Weeks
I started taking whey powder for more protein, too. And after awhile, I started getting a rash on my legs. Katie Stone, Naturopathic practitioner, suggested that I might be allergic to the dairy I was ingesting. I cut out my dairy intake from one helping of yogurt a day and one whey powder drink a day completely. And since then, the rash has subsided. You can read her report on Naturopathic knee care here.
However, I am concerned about toxicity in the environment and in food. So that was also a factor in considering a diet. The second thing is that, while I am not exactly fat, I have had a bit of a stomach, which is kind of embarrassing. So, when I saw the 2 week diet, which addresses the issue of weight, toxicity and proper course of exercise, it seemed like a good idea.
So I took the plunge. If I don’t need those extra pounds and I have knee issues, better to lose some weight, right? Before I started, I weighed 144 pounds. My height is 5’8 1/2″. So my weight is within normal range, but I had a persistent chunk of belly fat I wanted to get rid of. I am 69 years old. When I was 35, I weighed 135. So, seeking that fleeting fountain of youth, I wanted to get back to that 135. I also wanted to get stronger–stronger than I was at 35. When I was 35, I could do 3 pullups and about 15 pushups. Read on to see what happened.
Starting the 2 Week Diet
First, Brian sent an overview ebook which explained the principles behind the diet, all of which make sense. In a nutshell, he says that most diets fail, because of two reasons. The overall structure of most diets is such that they are too hard to follow. Most people simply don’t have the patience to restrict their food and exercise at the gym for days and weeks. You can get the introductory ebook here: The diet is supposed to get us to lose weight fast, so that we feel encouraged. He challenges the conventional wisdom that losing weight on the order of 6-14 or more pounds in 2 weeks is unhealthy. He backs all that up with scientific research. So far so good. Once I understood the principles of the diet, it made sense to give it a try. There was one other factor, aside from weight which he brought up, which I also was concerned about, that of toxins.
Environmental Toxins and Health
Brian says that we are constantly exposed to all sorts of toxins from pollution and bad processed food, to name just two. And that the toxins stay in our fat. So if we want to shed the toxins, shed the fat! Makes sense. He even included a toxin quiz so you can get an idea of where your body stands in relation to toxins. You can take the quiz by going here, to this link. While I consider myself pretty careful by avoiding packaged and junk food, the fact that I live in a city that sometimes has pretty bad pollution, and the fact that I have taken antibiotics maybe too much, showed that I should have moderate concern about toxins. For that reason alone, the quiz was worth taking.
How the Diet Plan Worked
The course consists of several sections. The main point is that it tells you what you should eat each day of the 14 days. The first couple of days were hardest for me because they totally eliminated carbohydrates. So on the second day, I was feeling kind of drained, but I kept pushing through. I lost a couple of pounds right away. I was continuing to lose weight, following the instructions.
Overcoming Barriers to Healthy Eating
One funny thing that happened was that I went to a networking event at Pizza Hut. I told the organizer that I wouldn’t eat the pizza, which was ok with him. When I showed up, the tables had plates of quite delicious looking brownies as a sort of appetizer. I felt kind of sad not being able to eat a brownie, however, one must maintain discipline. One way to do that is to ask “do I want to maintain my health, or do I indulge my sweet tooth for temporary enjoyment, and lose my health as a result.?” You may answer differently depending on the situation. But remembering, “Oh, I had a dessert yesterday, I will pass for now”, can help.
High sugar snacks cause weight gain. Can result in diabetes, arthritis, heart disease. OK once in a while but don’t make a habit of eating this stuff!
LOL. It didn’t help that one of the participants brought some of her homemade cupcakes…..oh well. The event organizer was very kind, he sent out for a nice chicken salad, so I felt better. Overall, I didn’t find the diet too difficult. Until day 11, which happened to fall on Thanksgiving. I restricted myself to some chicken and there was some squash soup, which would have to substitute for pumpkin pie, or my favorite, apple pie and ice cream. Oh—the sacrifices we make to get those 6 Pack Abs!
Needless to say, I gained back a couple of pounds anyway. There are two optional aspects to the diet, which are recommended, though. One point is that there are a couple of common edibles that people often take (sorry, can’t give away what they are, in respect for those who paid for the course.) I chose not to use two of the three recommended items, since I have used them in the past and prefer to avoid them.
Yohimbine for Weight Loss
A third item is an herbal supplement that I have known about for years for its use as an energizer and even an aphrodisiac, but didn’t know that it also promotes weight loss. I ordered some by mail but it didn’t arrive in time. So for the duration of the course, I didn’t use yohimbine, which probably affected my overall weight loss. However, I have been using it since the course ended and it does seem to help increase my energy level.
Two Week Workout Plan
The other key aspect of the diet was a new weight training program. It is short and high intensity. You can get through the daily workout in 30-40 minutes. Now, I have been working out for a year and a half already, so I know working out can be challenging. Brian recommends some exercises that I had not done before, and even though the routine takes well under an hour, it will still make you know you had a full body, fat burning workout. In the end, despite not using the supplements he suggests we use, and the Thanksgiving setback, I still ended up losing 6.6 pounds, bringing me to within a couple of pounds of my target weight at age 35, which was 135 pounds.
Most people are at least 10-20 pounds overweight, so I feel pretty good about that. Second, my stomach is definitely flatter, due to Brian’s recommended ab exercises which I had not tried before. And best of all, was that on the very last day, I did chin ups. Those are not in Brian’s recommended routine, but they give me a sense of accomplishment. When I first started weight training, I couldn’t do even one chin up. By the final day, I had, as mentioned, lost 6.6 pounds and I did a series of chin ups with 1 minute rest. 14, 6, 5, and 1. At which point I couldn’t do any more. I then went through his routine, and just before leaving, I did another 8 chinups for a total of 34 chin ups within an hour, which I feel really good about. Wouldn’t you like to make similar progress towards your weight and fitness goals?
Low Carb Diet Results After 2 Weeks
Today I was at the gym and during the workout, people noticed me wearing my For-Knees knee brace. Both are in their 60’s and both have pretty bad knee pain. The woman remarked how well I do squats. I tactfully suggested that her weight must be a factor, since she is obviously overweight. The first thing I look at when I see someone with knee pain is their weight. The second guy told me that his cortisone shot had just worn out and his knee is hurting badly again. He didn’t realize that cortisone shots, in the long run, will adversely affect his knees and general health. He is also overweight. So that is the reason why I am recommending you do the 2 Week Diet.
While on this For-Knees website, we focus on knee health, the idea is that knee problems are often a symptom of other health issues. And training ourselves to have a healthy diet can help us with our overall health. if weight is an issue for you. Sooner or later, excess weight will become a problem, so why not deal with it now? To get access to the free report, click to get your 2 week diet free report: And if you are ready to sign up for the full course, click here. The cost is $37 usually, however, I made a special arrangement with Brian to get you a $10 price reduction. If you are serious about losing weight, take action. And remember, if you aren’t satisfied with the results, you have 60 days to get a full refund, no questions asked.