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    30 Practical Products So You’re Not So Freaking Sore All The Time

    If you're been hunched over a desk like a gremlin for the last year, you need these products.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Please note that these aren't medical recommendations. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of treatment.

    1. A computer document clip because having to look up and down 50 million times while typing a note is a pain in the neck — literally.

    Promising review: "THIS stopped all my frequent head and neck aches caused from looking too far down while using the computer at work. Love it." —Dustin Vargas

    Get it from Amazon for $10.86.

    2. A posture corrector that'll buzz every time you slouch. It attaches directly to your back and is discreet enough that no one will know you're wearing it.

    Model wearing the device on their upper middle back

    Promising review: "I am in good shape but after 10 years of sitting at a desk 10+ hours a day, my posture had deteriorated to a point where it was causing me a lot of pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. This device truly helped me to kick my bad posture habit. I keep this device in training mode all day because it reminds with a little vibration to straighten up every time I slouch. This is exactly what I needed! The first day I wore this device I was surprised to learn how often I was slouching and I admit it was really hard to maintain good posture all day. With time it has become easier and I am now more self-aware. I am proud to say my posture has significantly improved with this device. The app is super cool and intuitive; this is just a well-thought-out product." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    3. Or a more low-tech back brace you can wear over or under your clothes to straighten your posture and help ease back, neck, and shoulder pain.

    Reviewer wearing the brace over their T-shirt

    Promising review: "I been suffering from upper back pain since I got this new job. I constantly sit in front of a computer and keep slouching. This posture corrector really helps keep my back straight, thus relieving my back pain. It took me a few days to get used to it but otherwise I love it and I’ll keep using it until my body learns to sit straight. Definitely recommend it." —YasmelyTV

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    4. A foam roller so you can target tight, achy muscles. Use it before bed each night to help you wake up pain-free and ready for work.

    Model using the foam roller on their hip

    Promising review: "When I got this as a gift, I thought 'What's this foam thing gonna do for me?' But after I used it the first time, I used it every day for a month and my back felt so much better. I didn't feel sore when I got out of bed, it helped release tension from being on my feet all day (work as an RN). I also had a tight hip for a while and it hurt to go from sitting to standing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    5. A Theragun Mini if you're looking for some relief from aching muscles, cramps, and hard-to-reach knots.

    @therabody / Via,

    Exercising has been a huge boost to my mental health during quarantine, but the DOMS man — the DOMS hurt like hell!! I'm talking hurts to walk, hurts to lower myself and sit, hurts to stand up, hurts to lift things heavier than a stuffed animal, hurts to exist. I learned early on that this little gadget was suuuuuuuuper helpful in reducing my discomfort and loosening my tight, angry muscles. While jackhammering my calves and thighs is not an incredibly fun experience (TBH it hurts especially when I'm massaging already sore muscles) but I know the next day I'll wake up with significantly less pain.

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in three colors).

    6. An arm rest support for when you're working from a chair that doesn't come with built-in arm rests. These supports attach to your desk or work surface and are on a rotating joint so you can move them any which way until you find a comfortable position. They're also durable enough to function as a desk extender and can hold your mouse, keyboard, an even laptop.

    Reviewer photo of the support attached to a table

    Promising review: "First and foremost, you will probably need two of these. I spend a lot of time on my computer and after awhile my back started hurting. I initially bought one and I noticed my body was tilting and resting on the elbow with the armrest. So I ordered a second and now I can rest my back on my chair and both elbows and arms fully rest on it. My back and body no longer hurts. Fantastic!!" —Tope Olutola

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A set of two memory foam armrest pads because they're like teeny-weeny supportive mattress pads for your wrists.,

    Each pad is 9.5 inches wide, 4.5 inches long, and 1.5 inches high, and fits armrests between 6 and 11 inches.

    Promising review: "I started getting elbow pain a few months ago and thought it was due to me commuting by bicycle every day. My brother told me it could be my armrests of the chairs I sit in because he had the same pain and these Aloudy [armrest pads] made his pain go away. I ordered them straightaway, installed then on my Aeron chair and was blown away with how much more comfortable my elbows felt." —Joseph

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two colors).

    8. A memory foam seat cushion with cooling gel that'll support your bum and relieve pressure on your tailbone. Reviewers say it also helps ease lower back pain.

    The U-shaped cushion in black

    Promising review: "I'm new to having a desk job. Sitting for many hours made my bum burn, and my back ache. My bum doesn't burn, back doesn't ache, it seems to hold its shape well and it appears well made. I'm ordering one for my husband." —Marla

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    9. A pair of moisture-wicking compression socks that apply pressure to your legs and feet to help with circulation issues and swelling — two common symptoms of standing for long periods of time.,

    Promising review: "Favorite compression socks for the price. I stand all day on hard floors and these help a lot with foot pain. I used to always have swollen ankles after long days but not when I wear these. I have five pairs now. For some reason the green ones seem longer and looser than the others so I don't know what that's about. I would recommend if purchasing multiple pairs to just stick to the same color, makes it easier when washing to pair them back up rather that trying to keep the same colors together." —Hayley Nyman

    Get them from Amazon for $14.76+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine styles)

    Check out my colleague's Physix Gear compression socks review for more deets!

    10. Or compression ankle braces so you can still reap the benefits of compression socks while rocking something more inconspicuous.,

    Promising review: "I have to say I bought these for my daughter who complains about her severe foot pain from standing all day at her job in the pharmacy and read many reviews on these socks so I purchased, and they are the bomb! My daughter wants more and wears them at night and every day, even when not working. She says she has so much relief! Don't hesitate to buy these. They really do work!" —Danielle McMiller

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and eight colors).

    11. A neck and shoulder relaxer to help stretch, soothe, and relieve tension in your neck. This shouldn't be used to replace a regular pillow, but using it regularly can help alleviate chronic pain from side sleeping, hunching over a computer, and even migraines.,

    Check with your doctor and make sure you get their OK before adding this to your cart!

    Promising review: "I love this neck rest. My neck and shoulders feel so much better now that I use this product. I just love it. So much stress is held in my neck and shoulders. Exercise seems to make it worse so I took a chance on this neck device and I am so glad that I did. I lay on the floor with it for about five minutes a day. I sleep better too. Who knew this little piece of foam plastic would be of so much help to me? I may buy another one just to make sure I always have one on hand. It is small enough to pack for trips. Well worth the money when you consider the medical alternative." —Care giver

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in three colors).

    12. A knee stabilizer band for anyone who says, "Ugh, my knees" at least once a day. These soft, breathable bands can provide much-needed support during running, hiking, cycling, walking, exercising, and playing sports.,

    Promising review: "I have suffered from chronic knee pain while running for years now after experiencing an injury. With running being one of my hobbies, I thought I’d never run again without being in extreme pain. These little contraptions have changed my life. I now run without even the slightest pain in my knee. The only thing is that it’s kinda uncomfortable without long pants on. But that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to take for no pain. I’d highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.88 (available in three colors).

    13. An anti-fatigue mat so it feels like you're walking on clouds when you're on your feet all day.

    Model standing barefoot on the mat

    Promising review: "Bought this mat to place at my standing desk at work. I was having some lower back and hip discomfort so thought I’d try an anti-fatigue mat. It has worked beautifully!! I stand all day (9–10 hours) and this has helped beyond my expectations." —Sunrise

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    14. A foot roller that'll massage away the pain of a 12-hour shift — no partner needed!

    Reviewer's socked feed on the textured wood roller

    Promising review: "Wonderful piece of equipment. It's perfect for people who work jobs that require them to stand on their feet all day. I would absolutely recommend. It's easily the most effective $20 you'll spend on foot pain." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    15. A cult-favorite pain-relief cream you can apply just about anywhere to relieve discomfort. There's a reason this cream has 19,000+ 5-star ratings.


    Promising review: "I have plantar fasciitis and stand on my feet all day for work and I cannot live without this in my life. It works great and is worth every penny." —jwais

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    Check out our deep dive into the Penetrex Pain Relief Therapy cream.

    16. Dr. Scholl's massaging gel insoles with cushioning that absorbs shocks so your joints don't bear the brunt of it. Plus, the arch support is clutch for anyone with flat feet.

    The insoles

    These are designed to fit women's shoes in sizes 6–10; just trim them if necessary to fit your feet.

    Promising review: "This is what true comfort is. Walk all day, stand all day, laugh at the people with sore feet. All shoes should come with these from the factory." —Steve Schulz

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (also available in men's size 8–14 and in a two-pack).

    17. Comfy Dansko mules if you want a pair of shoes that thousands of nurses stand behind as the comfiest footwear ever for walking around in all day. They're pretty darn expensive, but they will last you ages and walking without pain is a basic human right.,

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I have never bought Dansko before but they were at the top of the recommended list for professionals on their feet all day. These brought me the relief I was seeking. These are so comfortable I ditched all my sneakers and I will wear no other shoes but these to work now." —Jackie S

    Get them from Amazon for $87.57+ (available in sizes 4.5–13 and various colors).

    18. A calf stretcher for anyone with painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendonitis — which can all get worse when you're running around all day without a chance to sit.

    Model standing on the curved stretcher

    Promising review: "As long as I use this my feet are OK. I’m on my feet all day. This in the morning and evening helps. When I forget to stretch I’ll get sore feet and use it again. It’s immediate relief for me." —MsReal

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    19. A memory foam orthopedic knee pillow that's said to help reduce back strain, align your spine, promote better circulation, and alleviate pressure on your knees, especially for side sleepers.

    Reviewer with the white square pillow between their knees

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about trying a memory foam pillow, but I heard that they can help with backaches. I own a small restaurant and am on my feet for 10 to 12 hours per day. I immediately noticed a difference after using this pillow two nights in a row." —jdefranc

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    20. An ergonomic mouse pad that'll works as hard as you do and comes with gel support to minimize wrist pain.

    Promising review: "I love how inexpensive this mouse pad is for what you get out of it. It has absolutely save my wrists from working all day at a computer. I didn't want a mouse pad that was covered in cloth because the cloth tends to wear down and look bad, but so far the cloth on this still looks perfect after months of use. The bottom of the pad clings to my desk and does not move or slide around. Highly recommend." —E. McKillip

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two styles).

    21. Epsom salt to use on its own or mix with relaxing essential oils for the most luxurious bath to soothe your muscles.

    The champagne colored bath salts
    Angels and Sages / Etsy

    Angels and Sages is an Oklahoma City-based small biz run by Dena Bradford, an herbalist and meditation instructor.

    Get it from Angels and Sages on Etsy for $24.

    22. A thick yoga mat so you can stretch sore muscles, increase blood flow and flexibility, and prevent future pain after a long day on your feet — ~om~ yeah!

    Promising review: "Very nice yoga mat. It gives a bit more cushion than most without being too much, especially for people that are on their feet all day. Love the little carrying handle to take it to and from yoga class with ease." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.07+ (available in seven colors).

    23. A microwave rice bag if you're in need of some heat or cold therapy. Pop it in the microwave or let it chill in the freezer. Whenever you're feeling a little sore, lay this rice bag over your shoulder, knee, stomach, etc. for some sustained pain relief.

    Five rice bags in a variety of patterns
    PorcupineCraftStudio / Etsy

    PorcupineCraftStudio is a small biz based in Boyne City, Michigan. Sandra Shields, the owner, has been sewing since middle school!

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with the rice bag. I have problems with my neck and jaw from sitting at the computer and this has helped so much. Perfect size! Thank you so much!!!! I plan on buying more!" —Mary Crothers

    Get it from PorcupineCraftStudio on Etsy for $14+ (available in four scents and a variety of colors).

    24. A kneeling chair for anyone with a bad habit of hunching over their desk. It comes with a thick cushion for your bum and wheels so you can roll around your home office. (It's the little things in life, right?)

    Model using the chair

    Promising review: "This chair has the tilted seat, which you need to truly benefit from a kneeling style chair. It is also adjustable both on the seat height [and] on the knee height making it highly customizable for people short and tall. I have chronic hip and lower back pain despite being young and healthy and this has saved me when I need to sit and work at the computer. I have a standing desk with a balance board as well but you can't stand all day or for some kinds of work, so this chair has been great." —Jaime Bauer

    Get it from Amazon for $149+ (available in two colors).

    25. Some elbow protectors because, OK fine, this isn't for you but maybe your dog is sore and could use some extra padding. They'll both cushion your dog's arms and elbows from rough ground and gravel as well as prevent them from licking open sores so they can actually heal.

    White fluffy dog wearing black elbow pad
    CuriosityCraftLabs / Etsy

    Promising review: "We love our new elbow protector! It stays in place and is the perfect barrier to my pups' incessant licking of a tumor on the back of his elbow/arm. The neoprene fabric seems soft, comfortable and waterproof. I got a large for my 81-pound golden retriever. The adjustable strap on the back helps make it custom. Thank you!" —Allie Cottrill

    Get it from CuriosityCraftLabs on Etsy for $38.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors)

    26. A heated foot massager that'll work out the knots and kinks you've developed after standing all day. Be prepared for every family member to ask to "borrow" it.

    Reviewer with their feet on the massager

    Promising review: "This massager is a gift from God. Not too long ago I started a job that's a 12-hour shift standing on my feet. I'm flat-footed and on top of that walk heavy on the ball of my foot. Even before half of my work day is done, I'm in excruciating pain and am tempted to just cut off my feet. This massager is simple to use; two settings: massage and massage with heat. This hits all the necessary spots from your toes to the ball of your foot. It gets in deep. It is able to bring my feet back to life. After 30 to 45 minutes of using this, I'm able to walk around with no issues." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $50.99.

    27. A pair of heat therapy mitts to ease pain in the hands and wrists caused by arthritis, carpal tunnel, and more. They're filled with soothing essential oils to make the process oh-so-relaxing.

    The floral print hand wrap
    NaturalSimpleCrazy / Etsy

    NaturalSimpleCrazy is a health-inspired small biz based in Medford, New York run by Jennifer Frascogna.

    Promising review: "I bought a set of these mitts for my mother who suffers from arthritis and carpel tunnel. She absolutely LOVES them!! They help ease the pain in her hands and provides much-needed relief. My mom is very sensitive to scents so I asked if they could make my set without any fragrance. Jen was so helpful and accommodating and gladly customized my set. Thank you!!!" —TK

    Get it from NaturalSimpleCrazy on Etsy for $28.

    28. A muscle soak bath bomb so you can sink into the tub and some sweet sweet pain relief thanks to epsom salts, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, and wintergreen. Plus you'll never accidentally pour in way too much bath salt with these perfectly portioned fizzies.

    Cube fizzies with herbs in them
    RoseAnnaChi / Etsy

    RoseAnnaChi is a small biz based in Chicago. Allison Ann, the store owner, makes the most amazing bath fizzies and custom bath blends.

    Promising review: "These bath fizzies are great after a long day. I felt very refreshed after soaking in the tub and smelled very nice as well." —alex

    Get three fizzies from RoseAnnaChi on Etsy for $3.50 (also available in a six-pack).

    29. A soft yet supportive toe separator if you need something that's discreet enough to wear inside your regular shoes. If you use it consistently, you may correct your bunions and hammertoes = no more pain while standing.

    Promising review: "This product (along with a splint at night) have been helping correct my big toe move out, thus relieving the pain of the bunion. I wear it under my socks during work and have barely any pain while being on my feet all day!" —April

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    30. A wireless ergonomic mouse for arranging your hand in a more neutral position so there's less strain on your wrist. Say goodbye to wrist discomfort and hello to productivity!

    Infographic showing that the vertical mouse is more ergonomic and holds the wrist in a straighter position to alleviate pressure on the wrist joint and reduce the risk of cramping

    Promising review: "I bought this mouse because I have wrist and lower arm pain. I can't actively use any regular mouse more than one hour at a time without getting some pain... It's comfortable, and this is the most important thing, because so far I can use it for hours and don't have any pains. The wrist isn't twisted like on a regular mouse and I can feel this, for the better. Took me under a day to get adjusted to this angle. An interesting thing about this design is that you feel more inclined to use your whole arm to make mouse movements, which is a good thing, since doing so puts less stress on the wrist." —Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $27.49.

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