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  • How to Skip Hibernation and Stay Active This Winter

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Core Products

    Let’s face it: when cold temperatures settle in and precipitation mounts, it can be tough to get out and exercise regularly. Maybe you’re an outdoor running enthusiast who feels trapped inside or a gym buff who would rather not brave the cold commute. Whatever the case may be, consistent exercise year-round not only makes us feel better – it also helps stave off viruses that seem to get passed around the office so easily this time of year. Whether at home or in the office, here are our top 5 tips for getting your blood pumping while the snow is blowing:

    1. Stretch! Stretching is an important part of any exercise regimen, and can help refresh you during long days at your desk. Pause for a few minutes midday to stretch your arms, legs, and core, holding each position for 30 seconds.
    2. Walk, don’t email. Need to communicate with your coworker down the hall? Get up and pay him or her a face-to-face visit. Walking is a great way to boost circulation during an otherwise sedentary day, and intentionally carving out time to replace virtual communication with on-your-feet activity will help increase your walking time throughout the day.
    3. Revisit those workout videos. Remember the days of skin-tight unitards and tube socks with sneakers? Well, feel free to skip the attire, but consider turning on a workout video to get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own home.
    4. Find a buddy. It can be hard to motivate ourselves to maintain a healthy routine, so pair off with a coworker or family member who has similar goals. Schedule coffee walks periodically throughout the day or set aside time in the morning or evening to do some at-home exercises together – no equipment required!
    5. Get cleaning. Did you know an hour of housework can burn up to 200 calories? Make it a priority to limit couch time and reallocate it for scrubbing, washing, organizing, and vacuuming. Hate chores? Turn up your favorite tunes, and go ahead – use that broom handle as a microphone.

    What other ways have you found to stay healthy during cold winter months? 


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  • Core Products Holiday Gift Guide: Support Belts

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Core Products

    8 in 10 people suffer from back pain. Clearly the chance you or someone you know suffers from some form of back pain is quite high. If you’re considering a back support belt as a gift this holiday season you should know there are many different types for a number of situations.

    Ranging from chiropractic belts to maternity belts Core Products has the right belt for whatever situation you’re shopping for. Don’t forget to check with your health care professional to see if a back support could help in alleviating your back pain.

    Abdominal & Rib Belts

    Rib belts provide stabilization and support for anyone with a rib or sternum injury. These belts hold the rib cage in position lessening the pain caused by everyday movements. Abdominal belts may accelerate the healing process post-surgery by increasing circulation. They also help relieve bone and ligament aches and strains. These also provide stability to the rib cage.

    Maternity Support Belts

    Maternity support belts are great if you happen to have poor posture or a job that involves a lot of time on your feet. They’re also a good idea if you or the person you know has had previous hip and back pain.

    Lumbar Support & Lifting Support Belts

    Lifting support belts help workers prevent injury to their backs while lifting heavy objects. These belts provide additional compression and support on the back. The CorFit Industrial Back Support Belt 7500 is a great example of a Core Products lifting belt available for any size adult. Lumbar support belts come in various styles and sizes so there’s a good chance we have the support belt your back needs for almost any situation.

    Sacroiliac and Trochanter Belts

    Sacroiliac belts and Trochanter belts are designed to alleviate pain, promote healing, and increase the function of your pelvis. The CorFit Sacroiliac Back Support Belt wraps around hips and compresses the pelvis and sacroiliac joints relieving instability and painful stress.


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  • New Study Reveals Bad Smartphone Posture Leads to Back Pain

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Core Products

    Who would’ve thought doing something so simple and seemingly insignificant could result in terrible health problems?  We’re talking about the way you look at your smartphone and almost everyone is doing it—so you’re not alone.

    According to a recent article on CBS News, the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, found that bending your head at a 60 degree angle to get a better look at your selfie is putting 60 pounds’ worth of pressure on your cervical spine.

    We’re designed to stand upright but in a social media savvy world, we spend 2 to 4 hours a day on average with our neck bent at an unnatural angle while sending text messages and emails. Talk about bad smartphone posture! Even tilting your head 15 degrees puts 27 pounds of pressure on your spine.

    Bad posture also leads to a bevy of other issues such as headaches, depression, constipation, and heart disease. According to the article, constant slouching is likely to cause a lot of chronic pain.

    Avoid the pain pills and give your back some proper TLC with our Wireless Remote Controlled Pain Relief Device using TENS Technology. This drug-free alternative works by suppressing the transmission of nerve pain (called Gate Control Theory) and reducing the sensitivity of pain. The WiTouch accomplished this while being small, lightweight and discreet. This device accommodates over 100 thirty-minute treatment sessions per battery life.


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  • Holiday Travel Survival Guide 2014

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Core Products

    With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching, many of us have already started stressing about holiday plans and travel arrangements. The hustle and the bustle of the season can oftentimes make us lose focus of what really matters this time of year. Use these useful tools and tips to help keep stress and pains in check!

    1)     Memory Travel Core Pillow

    Don’t skimp on sleep as a result of hectic holiday plans and extensive travel time. Bring the Memory Travel Core pillow along with you on road trips and during flights to sleep comfortably while on-the-go. This viscoelastic foam pillow is designed to provide max comfort for sleeping while in the seated position by conforming to the shape of your head and neck. It also makes for a great Christmas gift for the frequent traveler in your life!

     

     

     

    2)     WiTouch Wireless TENS Unit

    Find relief from back aches and pain no matter where you end up this holiday by using this compact, travel-friendly TENS therapy device–the industry standard in wireless TENS therapy for treating lower back pain. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and discreet, so you can wear it just about anywhere without being detected.

     

     

     

     

     

    3)      Jeanie Rub Variable Speed Massager

    Let’s be honest–spending 24/7 with family can make anyone feel a little tense. Think ahead by bringing along the proper stress-relief equipment to soothe the tension from your muscles and joints after a long day of jam packed holiday festivities. Trust us–better to be prepared than to erupt at cranky old Uncle Jim on the last day of Christmas vacation.

     

     

     

     

    4)     CorPak Soft Comfort Hot & Cold

    Are you suffering from a strain or sprain, or frequently fall victim to killer headaches? Pack this CorPak Soft Comfort Hot & Cold pack with you–it fits easily into any compartment or carry-on, and will save the day when your aches and pains start kicking into full force. You can easily toss it into the freezer or a sink of hot water to chill or heat it up in a flash.

     

    Have a particular ache or pain not addressed by the items above? Check out our product inventory by your specific pain area or type to ensure that you are properly equipped for any flare ups while traveling this holiday season!


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  • Core Products' Holiday Gift Guide: For Therapeutic Pillows

    Posted on December 4, 2014 by Core Products

    With the holidays fast approaching and shopping gift ideas piling up, Core Products felt it would be beneficial to release a Holiday Gift Guide to help ease the stress of online shopping. This particular Core Products Holiday Gift Guide is geared towards pairing the right gift for your loved one, who may be in need of a better night’s sleep.

    Is someone in your family or a close friend suffering from sleep apnea?

    Core CPAP Pillow

    Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is a common treatment used to help people suffering from sleep apnea. The Core Side Sleeping Pillow is proven to help CPAP Users sleep better. The Core Side Sleeping Pillow was designed by CPAP users for CPAP users, in response to common concerns such as pressure point soreness and mask leaks from pillow interference. This unique pillow has quilted side panels to create a distinct edge, allowing mask to comfortably hang over the side of pillow. This prevents the CPAP mask from being forced into side of the face. The CPAP pillow works well with all types of nasal, full face, or nasal pillow-style masks.

    The CPAP Pillow was designed to be durable enough to support the head and neck without losing its edge, yet soft enough to provide a comfortable night’s sleep. The pillow is comfortable for both side and stomach sleepers. Patients required by medical professionals to sleep on their side for other medical reasons, such as oral or dental appliances, fibromyalgia or other chronic pain, and pregnancy may also benefit from the Core CPAP Pillow and its unique shape.

    Check it out: http://www.coreproducts.com/shop-by-product-type/orthopedic-pillows/cervical-pillows-fiber/cpap-pillow.html

     

    Neck problems? Sleeping problems? Here is the gift that should be on your holiday list!

    Tri-Core Cervical Pillow The Tri-Core® Cervical Pillow Provides Proper Alignment of the Spine. The Tri-Core Cervical Pillow is the most requested fiber support pillow, and provides softer support that lasts longer than traditional pillows. The trapezoid-shaped center delivers great orthopedic benefits; cradling the head and firmly supporting the neck.

    Two different sized lobes provide a better fit for different sized sleepers. Side lobes are taller for side sleeping. High resiliency fiber springs back when compressed for exceptional comfort and durability. Blended cotton cover is breathable and soft to the touch.

    Interested? http://www.coreproducts.com/featured-products/tri-core-pillow.html

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  • Headache Relief

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by Core Products

    Headaches are the worst. If you suffer from regular headaches or migraines, it’s important to go seek medical advice from your doctor.

    There are a few methods to help relieve headache pain other than over-the-counter medication. A few involve minor (and perhaps obvious) lifestyle changes. In fact, most of these suggestions will improve one’s quality of life in general as well as help to limit the occurrence and painfulness of headaches.

    Eating healthy – It’s not all about what you put in your body but also not skipping meals and drinking plenty of water throughout each day.

    Exercising – Regular exercise releases certain chemicals in your body that can assist in alleviating headache pain. The trick is to listen to your body. Some types of vigorous exercise can trigger some headaches.

    Sleeping – Getting enough sleep is crucial for all aspects of your life. Relax before going to bed and try to maintain the same sleep schedule ever day of the week.

    Limiting caffeine – Some amount of caffeine can help limit the onset of headaches. However, too much caffeine can trigger headaches and increase irritability. Don’t be irritable.

    Home Remedies for treating headaches include: Applying an ice pack on the painful area(s) of your head; resting in a quiet, dark room; taking a warm bath/shower; and rubbing your neck and back (or simply getting a massage).

    Controlling your level of stress is often another great way of limiting your headaches.

    If you or someone you know is looking for some great home methods for headache relief, Core Products offers many solutions. One of our most popular drug-free headache relief items is the MicroBeads Microwavable Moist Heat Pack. You can check out some of our other options here: http://www.coreproducts.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=headache.


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  • Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with These Healthy Holiday Tips

    Posted on November 24, 2014 by Core Products

    With Halloween behind us, you’re likely coming down from that trick-or-treat candy sugar high. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a Thanksgiving family meal or a holiday party with friends. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, pie, gingerbread cookies, candy canes, and libations galore await you this holiday season.

    Unfortunately, while enjoying these delicious food and drinks during the holiday season, many people tend to lose their willpower and pack on a few extra pounds. But, by following these simple tips, you can avoid holiday weight gain without sacrificing taste or fun with friends and family:

    -  Don’t skip a meal so that you can eat more at a party and don’t forget to drink water. Instead, be sure to eat a snack of vegetables or fruit and drink plenty of water before heading out to a holiday party – this will help you to eat less while you’re mingling.

    -  Be mindful of how many alcoholic drinks you are consuming. Many libations are packed with calories and sugar, and drinking more will lower your inhibitions and could cause you to overeat. If you are drinking alcohol, remember to alternate each drink with a glass of water. Be wary of non-alcoholic drinks, too! Punches and cider are sugary and high in calories, as well.

    -  Bring your own food (to share) to parties, and opt to make a healthier dish. That way, you know you’ll have at least one healthy option. Scour Google and Pinterest to find delicious, healthy holiday recipes. Consider healthy holiday swaps like these:

    • Apple sauce instead of oil
    • Coconut oil instead of butter
    • Unsweetened almond milk instead of dairy milk
    • 70% dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
    • Two egg whites instead of one egg
    • Greek yogurt instead of sour cream

    -  When putting together your plate of food at a dinner event or party, be sure your choices are balanced. Don’t skip the mashed potatoes and stuffing, but don’t forget your salad, vegetables and protein, either.

    -  Eat until you are full, not until you have to loosen your belt or can’t get up off the couch. It’s fine to have one or two cookies, but don’t over indulge to the point where you don’t feel well.

    -  Stock your desk with healthy snack options so you’re not as tempted to devour all the holiday treats that your co-workers will surely bring in to share.

    -  And finally, schedule time to keep moving! This could be getting up once an hour to take a walk around the office, or committing to go to the gym at a specific time on certain days. No matter what you decide, stick to it! Work your activity schedule around your holiday plans so you have no excuses not to exercise.


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  • New Study Finds Birth Season Related to Specific Adult Character Traits

    Posted on November 21, 2014 by Core Products

    A Hungarian research study revealed that people who are born in the winter tend to be less irritable when they grow up while those born in summer months are more likely to be moody and prone to develop temperament problems. Scientists now believe that the birth season has an influence on an individual’s mood.

    "Biochemical studies have shown that the season in which you are born has an influence on certain monoamine neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, which is detectable even in adult life. This led us to believe that birth season may have a longer-lasting effect," stated lead researcher Xenia Gonda.

    400 adults participated in the study and each participant was matched to a personality type based on the month of year they were born. The study found that participants could be identified from four different temperament categories:

    • Cyclothymic Temperament - rapid, frequent mood swings from sad to happy
    • Hyperthymic Temperament- tendency to be excessively positive outlook
    • Irritable Temperament- easily annoyed or bothered
    • Depressive Temperament – likely to suffer from depression

    The study found those who were born in the summer months tended to fall into the cyclothymic temperament grouping. On the other hand, those born in summer and spring were found to be matched to the hyperthymic temperament. Participants who were born in both winter and autumn months were less likely to fall into the irritable and depressive temperament.

    This study comes as no surprise because Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD has existed for quite some time. SAD is a mood disorder that usually causes depression when the seasons change. According to Olga Khazan, staff writer for The Atlantic, about five percent of the population is thought to have winter variety of SAD, while about one percent of the population suffers from summer SAD.

    Tips to Combat SAD

    • Live in the present, let go of the past
    • Acknowledge feelings
    • Don’t over indulge in food or alcohol to suppress feelings
    • Create a support system
    • Seek help from professionals

    Sources: http://www.cnet.com/news/the-season-youre-born-affects-your-moodiness-in-life-study-says/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11171567/Season-of-birth-affects-your-mood-later-in-life.html

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/how-birth-season-affects-mood/381727/

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=21977


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  • 8.1 Million People in the United States Live with Undiagnosed Diabetes

    Posted on November 18, 2014 by Core Products

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 Statistic Report, 8.1 million people or 27.8% of the U.S. population are undiagnosed with Diabetes.

    November is National Diabetes Month. The month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes risk factors, symptoms and encouraging the population to make healthier life choices to prevent developing the potentially deadly disease.  

    What is Diabetes?

    Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, when the disease goes undiagnosed. Diabetes is a disease that affects a person’s blood glucose levels. The disease limits glucose or sugar from distributing evenly throughout the cells of body, which in turn causes sugar to build up in an individual’s blood stream. Diabetes causes the body to not produce enough insulin, which is the hormone, produced in the pancreas that is responsible for helping to breakdown food into glucose.

    What are the types of diabetes?

    • Type 1 or juvenile-onset diabetes is usually unable to be controlled by diet and exercise and is typically an insulin-dependent disease when first diagnosed.
    • Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes is developed overtime, unlike Type 1, and can usually be controlled by changing a person’s diet
    • Gestational Diabetes is a developed by women during pregnancy and usually disappears when treated after or after child birth.
    • Prediabetes is when the blood glucose level of an individual is elevated or higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

    Common Symptoms of Type 2 or Prediabetes:

    • Increased thirst, hunger and urination
    • Blurred vision
    • Areas of darkened skin
    • Fatigue
    • Weight loss or weight gain

    3 Easy Ways to Limit Your Risk of Developing Diabetes:

    • Develop a daily exercise routine
    • Maintain a healthy well-balanced diet
    • Join the National Diabetes Prevention Program- click here to learn more!

    Sources:

    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014StatisticsReport.html
    http://ndep.nih.gov/partners-community-organization/national-diabetes-month/2014.aspx
    http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/Novembertoolkit.aspx
    http://www.cdc.gov/features/livingwithdiabetes/
    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.htm


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  • Core Products Supports the Great American Smokeout- November 20th, 2014

    Posted on November 16, 2014 by Core Products

    The Great American Smokeout is a day, created by the American Cancer Society, dedicated to help people to quit smoking.

    Many people may believe that smoking is a habit of the past, but according to the American Cancer Society, “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.”

    There is an abundance of educational information available to Americans that highlights why Tobacco use causes health problems, but yet 42 million Americans are still smoking cigarettes. How does that happen?

    First, I think it is important to understand why Americans start smoking cigarettes. The most common reasons Americans begin smoking cigarettes are:

    • to be “cool” or because other friends are smoking
    •  for weight-loss
    •  oral fixation
    • to relieve stress or anxiety

    However, once Americans begin smoking why do they have trouble stopping? The number one answer is simple: they are addicted to nicotine, a stimulant drug found in cigarettes.

    How to battle addiction? Begin with a plan!

    The first step of any plan to quit is to select a day to stop smoking (hint: November 20th, 2014 (The Great American Smokeout)

    Core Products believes that the most important step to overcoming addiction is to begin with a plan. The Great American Smokeout is a great day to start this plan; therefore, for all you smokers out there on November 20th, 2014 plan to be tobacco-free. Even if you are unable to be fully-kick the habit on this particular day, ensure you spend Thursday, November 20th tobacco-free. Core Products believes spending one day being tobacco-free is the first step to quitting smoking.

    Quick Tip: If you believe you will need to utilize an over-the-counter product or a prescription drug from your doctor to quit smoking; such as a nicotine replacement product like Nicotine gum, Core Products suggests you  start using these products on November 20th – on the Great American Smokeout!

    For more information about the Great American Smokeout or to understand how to quit, visit:

    Sources: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index?gclid=Cj0KEQiA-PGiBRDRz4jH9o39yZwBEiQAWCBZNV8NGPciONM6036seFcKHqBUTTrXzIUL5B8U6GUqI5QaAsEP8P8HAQ


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