While I can't tell you to get the pillow or cushion I think is super, I can share with you some of the back rest products I like. My opinion is any of the following pillows might make a great gift for someone who has tired back muscles. And one - the Softeze Foam Wedge with Memory Foam Half Lumbar Roll - could work well for people who like to read or watch TV in bed. If you need help selecting a cushion, pillow or wedge system that is appropriate for your condition, ask your physical therapist for guidance.
I have a disclosure to make: I have not personally tried any of the following back products, but I'd sure like to!
The Back Pain Relief Bed Wedge System is designed to give your spine a chance to decompress. You lie on your back (supine) and place the wedge under your legs. The Back Pain Relief Bed Wedge System has a patented inflatable mattress that lets you adjust for height and firmness. (It comes with an electric pump.) You can incline the mattress up to 45 degrees. As you incline up, the flexion at your hips increases. You might consider putting a little pillow or other padding under your knees so that you don't lock them while on the wedge.
You can adjust the Back Pain Relief Bed Wedge firmness settings from super soft to firm.
According to the manufacturer, you can use the Back Pain Relief Bed Wedge System on top of your regular mattress or as a stand alone when you travel or go camping.
Even though this item is called the Softeze Foam Wedge with Memory Foam Half Lumbar Roll, it looks like it would be great for propping up neck and shoulders when you read or watch TV in bed.
The Softeze Foam Wedge comes with a removable 3.5" high half roll (by half roll I mean the bottom is flat) attachable by Velcro. According to the manufacturer, the roll is designed to be used separately for either lumbar or cervical support, where appropriate, or used with wedge attached.
The Softeze Foam Wedge is made with polyurethane foam - aka memory foam. The covers for both the wedge and the lumbar roll are removable and washable. The Softeze wedge is 11/5" high, 21" wide and 23.5" in depth.
The Jobri Spine Reliever Leg Wedge is a memory foam product that puts your whole body in a slightly flexed position, according to the manufacturer. The manufacturer claims this position helps your body to relax, and helps improve circulation. When you are on the Jobri Spine Reliever Leg Wedge, your thighs are supported at an angle, and the lower legs are supported approximately parallel to the floor. (Your knees bend.)
The cover for the Jobri Spine Reliever Leg Wedge is washable, and the pillow comes in 2 heights - a 6 inch and an 8 inch height.
For all you Pilates lovers out there, the SmartSpine Sacral Wedge serves several purposes. As the name implies, you can place this pillow under your sacrum bone to gently help relax the area. You can also use it to enhance Pilates breathing exercises by placing it on the chest.
But the SmartSpine Sacral Wedge doesn't stop there. Enhance the relaxation you get from this small pillow by warming it up in the microwave first. And the Wedge is infused with organic lavender for a sensory treat. Mmmmm!
The SmartSpine Sacral Wedge is a simple stitched pillow, made with 100% cotton, and designed by Marie Jose Blum. Blum is a Master Pilates instructor.
Related: Pilates for Back Pain