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  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Posture

    Posted on October 30, 2014 by Core Products

    Poor posture can lead to chronic muscle and joint pain over time, which is why it’s important to break bad habits such as slouching and hunching before the damage is incurred. Here are six ways for you to improve your posture throughout the day.

    1)     Strengthen Your Core

    It’s important to prevent back and shoulder muscle atrophy so that your body doesn’t begin adopting a poor alignment over time. By practicing a few simple exercises to strengthen your core on a regular basis, you’ll build muscle memory so that your body assumes the correct posture without conscious effort or strain.

    2)     Head Up, Shoulders Back

    If you’re able to see your shoulder blades, your back is too rounded. Similarly, if your ears are aligned in front of your shoulders, your head is too far forward. Try to reach the top of your head up to the ceiling, keeping your head aligned on top of your neck and spine, and pull your shoulders back to mimic the shape of a square. While these habits may feel awkward in the beginning, it will quickly become second nature through an ongoing, conscious effort.

    3)     Routine Stretching

    Stretching not only helps alleviate sore muscles; it moreover can be used to reduce any strains that may be causing bad posture and low energy levels. Morning stretches can help loosen up the body to get rid of muscle lethargy caused by sleep, while performing ongoing stretches throughout the day can help to boost energy and improve posture.

    4)     Become a Yogi

    Yet another reason to learn to love yoga, practicing on a regular basis will help improve your balance and posture by working and strengthening your core muscles in order to maintain proper alignment. Yoga teaches you how to focus on holding an erect posture and activate specific muscles that benefit your alignment whether you’re sitting, standing, or in walking position.

    5)     Shift Weight Forward

    Standing up straight, consciously move the weight of your body forward to the balls of your feet. Now rock back so that your weight is resting on your heels and notice the way your entire body gravitates towards a slouched position. By keeping the weight on the balls of your feet, your body will naturally maintain a lengthened and upright stature.

    6)     Sit Smarter

    In addition to implementing the tips already mentioned, i.e. keeping your head up and aligned with the neck and spine and shoulders squared, keep both of your feet resting on the ground (or on a footrest if your legs don’t reach) and keep your back aligned with the chair’s to prevent slouching or leaning too far forward. If your job involves sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, consider investing in a chair that is designed ergonomically for proper support.


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  • The Advantages to Wearing a Knee Sleeve Post Injury

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Core Products

    Knee SleeveKnee injuries are very common among athletes at every level. However, knee sleeves are frequently seen on professional and college athletes, but why?

    Knee sleeves protect the knee from further injury and damage. They’re generally made from high quality rayon and breathable elastic, are worn over the knee, and usually slide on over the foot. The design of knee sleeves allows the knee to achieve full range of motion due to the neoprene material used. Full range of motion is a pivotal movement for the knee joint, and once the knee is injured the joint’s range of motion is immediately jeopardized due to the body’s natural response to injury: swelling.

    Swelling is defined as any abnormal enlargement of a body part and is the body’s immediate response to injury. Applying ice, resting the knee in an elevated position, and compressing the joint with a knee sleeve reduces swelling which causes the knee to be very stiff.

    Ranges of motion exercises are a large part of the early knee rehabilitation process. Range of motion is difficult to achieve post injury to the knee because the body immediately begins to protect the knee from further injury by limiting voluntary movements. However, it is proven that movement helps to aid the recovery process and this is why rehabilitation exercises are focused around functional activities.

    Orthopedic doctors suggest wearing knee sleeves pre and post-surgery to reduce swelling around the injury. Doctors suggest this because it is very hard to perform strengthening exercises if the knee is unable to achieve full range of motion. Therefore, with swelling reduced before surgery, regaining muscle strength post-surgery is normally easier when the muscles are established well before the surgery takes place.

    Knee sleeves help an individual through rehabilitation exercises and leisure day-to-day activities by reducing pain, swelling and stiffness. Athletes prefer knee sleeves that are snug to the joint. The fit of knee sleeves is very important because it helps to provide compression to the knee. Compression helps to increase blood circulation to the injured joint. Blood circulation helps to aid the recovery process. The fit also helps the joint to regain stability as the injury begins to heal overtime.

    In conclusion, three advantages of wearing a knee sleeve after injury are:

    1. Reduced pain, swelling, and stiffness
    2. The compression element helps to aid blood circulation and recovery
    3. Provided support helps to perform rehabilitation exercises and leisure activities

    Main Source: http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-advantages-of-knee-sleeves-what-they-are-and-when-to-wear-them


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  • Travel in Comfort This Holiday Season

    Posted on October 24, 2014 by Core Products

    The holiday season is right around the corner – before you know it, you’ll be packing into a family car and driving a few hours (or more!) to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas get-together with family and friends. According to the United States Department of Transportation, the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel holidays of the year – so if you’re flying or taking a road trip, you’re not alone.

    If you’re traveling by plane, unfortunately, unless you are flying first class, your seat on the airplane probably won’t be the most comfortable resting place in the world. In fact, you might not even be able to recline, depending on the airline you are flying and the attitude of the person sitting behind you. Those of you who are among the 5 to 6 percent of holiday travelers making your voyage in the air will benefit greatly from the right neck pillow and a blanket to help get comfortable.

    But if you’re like 91 percent of American long-distance holiday travelers, you’ll most likely be traveling by automobile. Around 44 percent of personal vehicle trips are between 50 and 99 miles, while 56 percent are at least 100 miles – in fact, the average Thanksgiving long-distance trip is 214 miles, while the average Christmas or New Year’s trip is an astounding 275 miles! Sitting in a car for that long can be uncomfortable, to say the least, and even more so for someone who suffers from back, neck or joint pain.

    To minimize your pain and discomfort during long-distance road trips this holiday season, be sure to make frequent rest stops to stretch and massage your joints. Use the Core Products Automotive Lumbar Support Bucket Seat to provide much needed support and comfort for your lower back. This support is perfect for holiday travel or for everyday car rides if you commute to and from work. The Bucket Seat Sitback Rest Lumbar Support is designed with side wings to fit snugly inside a car’s bucket style seat, fitting most standard models. The contour-cut foam and side wing supports contour to your body for medium-to-firm support, keeping you in the correct position.

    Passengers in your car will benefit from an adjustable travel roll that can be used to increase comfort and low back or neck support when sitting in the car. The Core Product Adjustable Travel Roll can also be used if you are staying overnight on a holiday trip, under the ankles when lying down, or with a standard bed pillow to ensure proper neck support. Not only does this product have multiple uses, it’s also inflatable and can easily be stored rolled up in your suitcase or glove compartment.

    Find more tips on how to travel in comfort at http://www.coreproducts.com/blog/2014/03/31/planes-trains-automobiles-catching-zs-while-travelling/.


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  • Trick or Treat! Healthy Halloween Choices

    Posted on October 21, 2014 by Core Products

    Halloween is just around the corner, so before you head out to the store to buy a mixed bag of candy for your trick-or-treater; take the time to learn about the nutritional facts in candy. Halloween candy is full of sugar and can be proven to cause toothaches, obesity and much more. However, this is no reason to forbid candy from your children on Halloween, as there are many healthy options and alternatives available. The Halloween candies below are low in calorie count and grams of fat.

    Healthiest Halloween Candies

    • Three Musketeers Minis -Serving Size: One fun size bar contains 63 calories and  two grams of fat
    • York Peppermint Patty- Serving Size:  One full size patty contains 165 calories and three grams of fat.
    • Peep Pumpkins- Serving Size:  One peep contains 16 calories and zero grams of fat
    • Tootsie Rolls- Serving Size: One roll contains 50 calories and one gram of fat
    • Peanut M&Ms- Serving Size: One fun size pouch contains 90 calories and five grams of fat
    • Jolly Ranchers - Serving Size: Three candies contain 70 calories and zero grams of fat
    • Charm Blow Pops- Serving Size: One pop contains 60 calories and zero grams of fat

    Still feel like you should have more options for the kids?

    Healthy Alternatives to Candy

    • Pretzels -Serving Size: 1 mini bag contains 160 calories and zero grams of fat
    • Graham Crackers -Serving Size: 1 large rectangle (2 squares) contains 59 calories and 1.4 grams of fat
    • Goldfish crackers -Serving Size: one cup of goldfish contains 266 calories and 13.41 grams of fat
    • Popcorn Ball -Service Size: one ball contains 180 calories and 3 grams of fat

    Now that you are aware of the number of healthy Halloween choices available on the market we can focus on safety tips for bringing loved ones trick-or-treating!

    4 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips to Remember:

    1. Plan a route in advance
    2. Wear comfortable footwear
    3. Utilize reflectors and flashlights to ensure all children are seen
    4. Check candy for tampering before consuming

    Happy Halloween!

     Sources: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/7-healthy-halloween-candy-choices/#slideshow=slide8

    http://www.rd.com/slideshows/7-trick-or-treating-safety-tips/#slideshow=slide2

    http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/halloween-treats-don-t-have-to-be-nutritionally- scary/article_9e881126-8308-522f-9e91-01d32519e4b3.html

    http://caloriecount.about.com/


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  • Juvenile Arthritis Affects Nearly 300,000 Families

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Core Products

    Typically when we hear the word arthritis our minds immediately envision older adults. This isn’t always the case as approximately 294,000 children are afflicted with arthritis or what is coined juvenile arthritis.

    What is juvenile arthritis?

    Well, first and foremost, arthritis by definition typically affects the joints but can also involve one’s eyes, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. The term juvenile arthritis is general and describes the many conditions that can develop in children. Juvenile arthritis is typically an autoimmune disorder meaning the immune system attacks its own healthy body.

    The most common type of juvenile arthritis is JIA or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. There are four types of JIA:

    1. Oligoarthritis – about 40 percent of patients are diagnosed with this type involving four or fewer joints
    2. Polyarthritis – involves five or more joints
    3. Systemic – a rather broad diagnosis that can involve the entire body. This makes up only 10 percent of cases.
    4. Enthesitis-related – this type involves inflammation of places where tendons attach to bone.

    Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints as well as a limited range of motion depending on the exact symptoms. Arthritis can damage joint cartilage and bones as well as altered growth of bones and joints. For children this is particularly worrisome because it can cause short stature and impair the use of some joints.

    Try to stick to as many of your child’s normal activities as possible and maintain their normal routine. These comforting habits are possible and can take the focus away from arthritis – something that shouldn’t be the center point of their life. Juvenile arthritis does not limit what activities a child can or cannot do. The pain from arthritis is the limiting factor, not the ailment itself.

    It may be difficult for parents to deal with a child diagnosed with arthritis. This is normal. However, do not feel as if the child cannot participate in activities. In fact, the opposite should ring true. Allow an arthritic child to participate as many activities as they’d like or are capable of doing.

    For more information about juvenile arthritis visit www.arthritis.org.


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  • Recognizing and Treating Chronic Pain

    Posted on October 17, 2014 by Core Products

    Pain is your body alarming you to injury, ignoring or pressing snooze for this alarm can lead to conditions far worse than a stiff back in the morning. Pain is more than just a symptom; it is a debilitating issue that requires attention. Chronic or untreated pain can lead to sleepless nights, weight gain, or long term disability. Investigate your Chronic Pain and educate yourself on potential causes and treatment options.

    What is Chronic Pain?

    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “chronic pain is any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina.” Too often, chronic pain is ignored while it slowly changes how a person lives their life. If left untreated daily activities can become tiresome and more difficult to perform.

    In most cases, chronic pain is caused by an injury that is left untreated. For example, removing a cast too early or “walking it off” and not seeking treatment after an awkward fall can lead to chronic pain. Some areas of the body are more susceptible to chronic pain:

    -        Lower Back

    -        Joints (Knees, Elbows, Shoulders)

    -        Fingers and Hands (Arthritis)

    -        Jaw/Jaw Hinge

    Is Chronic Pain Dangerous?

    Chronic pain lives on an entirely different scale from your typical 1-10 pain chart. Pain is normally meant to be felt for only a brief moment or short period of time. Chronic pain seeps slowly into every part of your life. It can keep you from getting a full night of sleep, prevent you from running with your children or grandchildren, keep you from work, and disrupt your love life. Chronic pain will make you tired, and can halt your exercise routine. This could obviously lead to weight gain, but some chronic pains can be signs of more serious issues.

    What can I do?

    Chronic pain should be addressed, diagnosed, and treated properly. Try these points to deal with chronic pain:

    -        Overshare – Discuss all of your symptoms and pain to your doctor when you visit. If your doctor seems stumped, request a referral to an expert.

    -        Treat Pain – You do not have to live with pain. Some over-the-counter medicines such as Advil and Motrin focus locating root causes and reducing pain.

    Focus – Core Products focuses on pain areas to reduce chronic pain. Similar to how you would describe pain to a doctor, select the portion of our product line where your pain is located.


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  • An Intro to Foam Rolling and Foam Rolling for Back Pain

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Core Products

    Foam rolling has come into popularity among those in the physical therapy and fitness industries in recent years. At one time, foam rolling was only used by elite athletes, coaches and physical therapists, but it has now become a more mainstream practice among everyday people of all fitness levels.

    A foam roller is essentially a foam cylinder, most commonly 6 inches in diameter and either 12 or 36 inches long. Densities vary from product to product, with those new to foam rolling usually opting for a softer foam roller, while more experienced athletes might prefer a denser product. Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique, basically meaning it’s a form of self-massage that helps to loosen muscle tightness and massage trigger points, like knots that form in muscles or sore spots. Self-myofascial release works by using deep compression to break up tight muscles. The deep compression experienced during foam rolling increases circulation and allows a normal blood flow to return to the particular area you are exercising. It stretches your muscle and activates restoration of healthy tissue, helping to alleviate pain and soreness. In short, foam rolling is like getting a massage at a 5-star spa, only far less expensive and easily done in the comfort of your own home.

    Foam rolling for back pain:

    Many Americans might consider their backs a trigger point, as back pain is one of the most common medical problems. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of 10 people experience back pain at some point during their lives. Some people get a deep tissue massage to help minimize back pain, while others see an acupuncturist or practice yoga. But more and more often, foam rolling is being used as an alternative to more costly treatments. (However, it is important to note that it is no replacement for professional medical treatment.)

    Follow these tips to foam roll your back:

    -Purchase the foam roller of your choice. If you plan on using your foam roller for your back, purchase one that is 36 inches long, like the Full Performance Roller offered by Core Products.

    -Sit on the ground with the roller right behind you. Lace your fingers behind your head and lean your upper back onto the foam roller. With your abs and glutes tight, slowly roll up and down, from your shoulders to the end of your rib cage.

    -Many experts say you should not foam roll on your lower back. Instead, for lower back pain, focus on muscles surrounding and connected to your back, like the hamstrings. Sit on a foam roller with your legs stretched out and place your hands on the floor behind you. The foam roller should be right under your hamstrings. Roll forwards and backwards, slowly, from the bottom of your glutes to the base of your knee


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  • 10 Basic Knee Strengthening Exercises

    Posted on October 9, 2014 by Core Products

    Knee PainThe knee is one the most commonly injured joints in the human body. However, it is never too late to strengthen both the knee and the surrounding muscles to prevent further injury. The surrounding muscles help support the knee joint and can be strengthened through a variety of rehabilitation exercises. The surrounding muscles that will be strengthened in the below exercises include the quadriceps (front of the thigh), hamstrings (back of the thigh), abductor (outside the thigh), and adductor (inside the thigh).

    1. Straight Leg Lifts: help to strengthen the quadriceps muscles (at the front of the thigh).
    o Instructions: Start in a seated position on a flat surface. Begin by tightening the quad and then being to lift leg 6-12 inches off the surface with toes pointed upwards.

    2. Wall Sits: work to strengthen quadriceps and hamstring muscles. These muscles help to manage runner acceleration and jumping ability. The hamstring muscle helps to support and stabilize both the hip and knee joints.
    o Instructions: Place back against wall and bend knees to a 30 to 90 degree angle (degree varies based on pain/ range of motion). Keep feet parallel to shoulders width, and ensure knees never flex past toes. Hold sit for short period of time (30 seconds to a minute)

    3. Ankle Pumps with Resistance: help to reduce swelling and circulate blood to the knee joint.
    o Instructions: While sitting, place a Theraband or resistant band on the ball of the foot. Begin to pump ankle against band with leg in a straight position, tighten all muscles with each pump. (Hold each pump for 30 seconds)

    4. Short-Arc Knee Extensions: helps to reduces knee swelling and builds quad strength
    o Instructions: Begin by utilizing a foam roller or several rolled up towels under the knee. Lay upright on a flat surface with one knee elevated by the roll and the other knee in a bent/upright position. Help to tighten quadriceps and hold position for a few seconds before lowering foot to the surface.

    5. Abductor Raise: strengthens muscles outside the thigh.
    o Instructions: Lay down on side with leg on the floor in the bent position while the other leg remains straight. Lift top leg for 5-10 seconds then lower. (utilize ankle weights to increase intensity of the exercise)

    6. Double Leg Calf Raises: strengthens calf muscles
    o Instructions: Stand with heals on the ground and legs parallel to the shoulders. Begin to rise heals off the ground and hold for 5-10 seconds. (if needed utilize a flat surface to maintain balance)

    7. Hamstring Curls: Strengthen the back of your thigh (hamstring) muscles.
    o Instructions: Start standing with front of legs against a flat surface (example: wall or table). Begin to to flex one knee against the surface and hold knee back until exercise begins to cause pain. (utilize ankle weights to increase intensity of the exercise)

    8. Step ups: help to build muscle endurance and balance
    o Instructions: Utilize an aerobic step to repeatedly walk up and down. Place one leg on step and then repeat with second leg. Alternate reps from front steps, back steps and side steps. Repeat motion for up to 50 times and increase speed as exercise advances.

    9. Stationary Bike: helps to increase strength and range of motion of knee
    o Instructions: Start on bike by rotating pedals at a slow pace. If unable to fully rotate, cycle pedals to 90 degrees and rotate back and forth ((Depending on the current state of the knee’s range in motion).

    10. Hip Extension Exercises: stabilizes pelvis and strengthens gluteus maximus, adductor and hip muscles to support lower extremities
    o Instructions: Start on all fours with elbows and knees on the ground. Elevate one leg to 90 degrees and start to tighten muscles at the back of the thigh as leg is raised to the ceiling. Hold each lift at the highest point and drop knee back to the ground between each set.

    Sources:
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=363
    http://www.irvineortho.com/exercise-program-irvine-orthopaedic-associates.html


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  • Core Products Honors National Chiropractic Month this October

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Core Products

    Each October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) hosts National Chiropractic Month, a national public awareness and education campaign. This year, the American Chiropractic Association is using National Chiropractic Month to promote their “Conservative Care First!” theme, raising awareness of why a conservative approach to pain management and healthcare is not only effective, but sensible as well. Consider this astounding excerpt from www.chirohealthy.com:

    “A recent study based on Washington state workers found that only 1.5 percent of those who visited a doctor of chiropractic first for work-related back pain later had surgery, compared to 42.7 percent of those who saw a surgeon first.”

    Core Products strongly believes in a therapeutic and conservative approach to pain management. In fact, the company got started when Core Products President Phil Mattison experienced a sore neck. After visiting a chiropractor, Phil learned that his neck pain and discomfort was caused by an improper sleeping position – something that could be easily fixed with the help of a proper spinal-support pillow.

    It is well known in the medical industry that back pain is the most common type of chronic pain in America. According to the ACA, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time – a scary statistic.

    After discovering the root of his neck discomfort and realizing that he wasn’t alone in experiencing back and neck pain, Phil worked in conjunction with his chiropractor to create the Wave Comfort Pillow and later the Tri-Core pillow. Now, the Tri-Core pillow is the company’s most popular product and it is routinely recommended by chiropractors across the nation. But Core Products doesn’t stop at therapeutic pillows.

    The entire Core Products line-up is made to make your life more comfortable, with myriad products sensibly addressing chiropractic issues. From therapeutic pillows to back support belts, and baby huggers to automotive lumbar support seats – we’ve got something for everyone. Core Products truly embodies the “Conservative Care First” approach, with an added touch of comfort and affordability.

    Learn more about chiropractic services and conservative care with this educational video from the ACA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4nd8L37TLU&list=UUZnW3D_5trH1k6QYZG_emzQ


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  • Basic Tips for a Great Foot Massage

    Posted on October 1, 2014 by Core Products

    Give the Perfect Foot MassageWant to give the perfect foot massage? Try this:

    • Soak the foot in warm, soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes before starting the massage. Dry feet with warm towel after the feet are removed from the warm water.  Moisturize feet with lotion, and then ensure massage hands are moisturized and warm before beginning massage.
    • Start the massage by elevating feet above the person’s heart a on a soft, supportive pillow. Position the person into a relaxing position by moving into the person into a laying or sitting position. Ensure feet remained covered with warm towel until the massage begins.
    • Begin massage with a warm up of basic stretches by sliding one palm to the bottom of the foot to support the heel and utilizing the other hand to slowly rotate the foot in circles (three times clockwise, three times counter clockwise).
    • Continue to warm up the foot by squeezing even pressure from the toes to the ankle. These movements will help to circulate the blood in the foot. Repeat three times and return feet to elevated surface.
    • Then transfer movements into a twisting motion-- start with toes and continue up to the ankle. Remember to keep one arm supporting the foot as the other hand continues the massage.
    • After the warm up proceed to stroke the top and bottom of the foot.  Utilize your thumbs to knead the arch, sole, and heel. Then start to outline the bones of the foot by stroking the foot with the knuckles of the hand. Stroke the arch from top to bottom. Repeat on each foot for three to five minutes.
    • Toes—transfer focus to the toes. Start by bending each toe and running fingers between each toe. Utilize circular motions to bend each toe. Start at the last and smallest toe; work way to the inside of the foot. Spend one minute massaging each toe. Start at the top of the nail and work your way down to the base of the toe, and then pull the toe at the end of the minute. Repeat massage on each toe, two times each.
    • Cool down-- Repeat warm up exercises, and then lightly stroke the foot with thumbs. Start at the bottom of the foot and work way around top of the ankle.

    As a bonus, try the Jeanie Rub Massager. It is great for relaxing feet and increasing blood flow.


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