Manicures and pedicures are the height of luxury. Such a simple luxury becomes more difficult to indulge in when arthritis and other aches and pain intrude, making it difficult to grip and bend.
Becky Mollenkamp wrote a lovely mini article for Arthritis Today (March/April 2008) on gadgets that make it easier for you to give yourself an “(At-Home) Mani-Pedicure”. I have never really bothered with most of these niceties but a friend of mine does the whole nine yards, including a wax treatment, and I must say that I am more than a little bit intrigued.
So, let us start by dipping our hands and feet in warm paraffin wax (said to ease aches and relax muscles, and increase circulation). The author mentions Therabath PRO Paraffin Bath (www.therabathpro.com).
Move on to a rechargeable manicure and pedicure station with six attachments that file, buff, smooth and more (www.brucemedical.com). If you are clumsy, and aren’t we all, with a nail clipper, you might like to try a pair made for one-handed use. The Sportaid’s Nail Clipper Board has a suction cup base for stability (www.sportaid.com). To smooth calluses and other rough areas use an Easy Grip Foot Smoother like the one pictured by Denco (www.denco.theshoppe.com). .
Now it is time for a foot massage with a massager like Homedic’s Foot Pleaser Ultra Deep Kneading Foot Massager which sounds really wonderful. (www.homedics.com).
Last, but not least, if you are interested in a little color, try toe and finger separators (www.angelshandsllc.com), and long handled brushes to make painting nails easier (from your favorite hobby store –try a flat No.1 or No. 2 artist paint brush).
Doesn’t that sound like a nice a nice way to spend an afternoon or evening? Mother’s Day or maybe your birthday is coming up soon. Join me in making a gift suggestion list.