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  • Dreaming for Wellness: Three Theories on the Mental Benefits of Dreams

    Posted on December 8, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    dream-healthWe know there are a number of health benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, including muscle repair, memory storage, and maintaining proper cognitive functions. Sleep is a crucial aspect of our general well being, and you can feel the impact if you aren’t getting enough.

    But what about the extracurricular activities your mind practices while you’re sleeping? We’re talking about your dreams! Dreams could just be the mind’s way of occupying itself. But there are a number of theories on how dreams may actually support your mental well-being.

    Here are a few of our favorite theories:

    Dreaming May Help to Fight Depression

    Some studies have suggested that dreaming can help fight depression. In one study, sleep researcher Rosalind Cartwright, PhD, collected data dreams of a group of recently divorced individuals suffering from depression. She recorded all dreams the study participants could recall over the course of five months.

    Several of the participants’ depression improved over the course of the study. Those participants had frequently integrated their recent emotional experiences with older memories in the course of their dreams. They dreamt for longer periods of time and their dreams were more vivid, containing many characters and settings.

    Those whose depression remained or worsened had shorter dreams or could not recall them at all.

    While much more research is needed, the study suggests that detailed, memorable dreams can help us process grief or negative feelings and move through difficult times.

    Lucid Dreaming Can Help Our Waking Abilities

    Another interesting theory involves lucid dreaming - the experience of being aware you’re dreaming. In some cases, lucid dreamers can even control their actions in the dream.

    There have been several studies on lucid dreaming and how it relates to our problem solving and learning capabilities. In one study, researchers at the University of Lincoln in England had frequent lucid dreamers and non-lucid dreamers solve a series of puzzles. Lucid dreamers were far superior at solving the puzzles than their counterparts.

    Other researchers have found a link between practicing an activity in a dream and successfully accomplishing it in real life.

    We don’t know if there are other characteristics that frequent lucid dreamers possess that could explain these results. But it’s an interesting idea: that awareness and control in dreams could enhance your prowess in real life!

    Dreams Can Help us Relax

    In 2011, UC Berkeley scientists reported that during dream sleep, study participants’ brains contained fewer chemicals linked to stress. That reduction, suggested the researchers, allows us to calmly process emotions and wake up emotionally strengthened and less stressed out.

    In Closing

    Researchers have been studying sleep and dreams for decades. While they’ve found a number of suggestive results, there is little scientific consensus on the specific benefits of dreams. However, we do know that sleep bestows a number of benefits, so it stands to reason that dreams could have their own perks. As more time goes on, we could start to see more concrete findings and find out exactly how dreams effect our mental well-being.

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  • Best Pillows for Neck Pain: Seven Core Products Pillows, Home Tested

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Neck pain can be a complicated condition, with a great variety of potential contributing factors. As a result, there’s no one-size-fits all solution.

    Because the way we sleep can be a major contributor to our spinal health, Core Products carries many types of pillows designed to promote proper sleeping posture. That variety can cause some confusion about which pillow may be right for you.

    With that in mind, I spent a few months home testing seven of Core Product’s most popular pillows to provide my impressions on their shape, size, material and overall comfort. The goal is to help you choose the pillow most likely to give you a good night’s sleep and help maintain proper sleeping posture. Let’s get started!

    Side note: I do experience neck pain, but I can’t accurately predict which pillow is best for your specific neck pain – for that reason I’m providing my own impressions, but not recommendations. Your mileage may vary.

    Many support pillows are initially uncomfortable and require time for you to adjust when switching from a traditional pillow.


    1. The Econo Wave Cervical Pillow

    Overview: The Econo Wave is a foam pillow designed to provide support to your neck and promote proper spinal alignment as you sleep.

    Shape/Size: Typical of many Core Products pillows, there are raised sections along the long sides of the pillow (known as “lobes”) to support your neck as you sleep. The center of the pillow sits at a lower altitude than the lobe, creating a valley effect for your head.

    Impressions: The first night I tried this pillow, I was very uncomfortable. I felt as if the pillow was too flat to provide any reasonable support to my head or neck. My head also felt too close to the mattress.

    The next night, I turned the pillow around. Turns out, each lobe is a different size, and what I needed was the thinner lobe to support my neck. Lesson learned: you may need to test options before you land on the right configuration.

    After a few nights of adjusting to this pillow’s configuration, I grew to find the positioning comforting. It begins to provide a lulling sense as you drift to sleep.

    The Verdict: This is a good option if you prefer foam pillows. As you expect with foam, the memory is great and bounces right back to its original shape, and contours nicely as you move around. Also typical of foam, it tends to retain heat. It’s great for sleeping on your back, but I found it somewhat lacking in the side-sleeping department. The Econo Wave is also very affordable – one of the more budget-friendly options on the list.


    2. Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow

     Overview: The Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow is a foam pillow designed by an Ergonomic Designer and Doctor of Chiropractic for back or side sleeping. The goal is a stable, comfortable sleep experience with no neck stiffness or soreness in the morning.

    Shape/Size: The Therapeutica is the most uniquely shaped product on this list. It’s smaller than a typical pillow and has a cavity in the middle that cradles your head as you sleep on your back. A lift that resembles a ramp supports your neck as your head lies in the cradle. There are also raised sides for side sleeping.

    Impressions: Size is very important. The pillow comes in five different sizes based on your shoulder length – there’s a sizing guide on the product page. The first night I tried this pillow, I used a smaller size and was extremely uncomfortable – so much so that I had difficulty falling and staying asleep.

    The next night, I switched to the larger size, and the difference was dramatic. In fact, this pillow immediately felt right for back sleeping. The “ramp” that supports your neck feels natural, and your head’s downward angle is very hypnotic. I fell asleep immediately and, throughout my testing, didn’t feel the need to shift around throughout the night, which I typically do.

    However, the raised sides for side sleeping were too high for my comfort.

    The Verdict: This is fantastic pillow for back sleeping. The shape is unusual but the pillow is obviously well made. I found it very comfortable and woke up every morning with a full range of motion in my neck. The foam material feels very dense and has a great memory. As I mentioned, size is crucial for this pillow – picking the wrong size could ruin the experience, so pay attention when you order.

    I found the side-sleeping experience lacking. I’d stick with this pillow primarily for back sleeping. The largest sizes of the Therapeutica are some of the more expensive options on this list.


    3. CPAP Pillow

    Overview: The CPAP Side Sleeping Pillow is intended for people who use a CPAP machine for their sleep apnea. The pillow is intended to make side sleeping easier.
    This pillow is made for CPAP machine users, but Core Products does list neck pain as one condition it can help. Since it’s an extremely popular product for Core Products customers (and I have used a CPAP machine in the past) I included it for my analysis.

    Shape/Size: The CPAP pillow is smaller than a traditional pillow, and has a basic rectangular shape with two side panels extending from each side. It comes in varying heights– from 3” to 5” – to accommodate how much lift you want.

    Impressions: I no longer use a CPAP machine, but still have the facemask equipment still, so I was able to accurately test the pillow. I put on my CPAP mask as normal and got into a side sleeping position. The placement of the pillow’s side panels allowed me to sleep on my side with the facemask and tube hanging off, as pictured above.

    The “hanging” effect works as advertised. It keeps the facemask from pressing into your face and causing discomfort. The material was a nice transition from a traditional memory foam pillow.

    For the pillow to work correctly, you have to be in the correct position. I tend to shift and move around in my sleep, and so end up having to readjust to the right position to maintain the pillow’s desired effect. This could cause frequent sleep interruptions.

    The Verdict: The comfort factor and material is nice – this is a well-made product. It’s also great for those who prefer firm pillows. The pillow works as intended – allowing for comfortable side sleeping with a CPAP facemask – but does require frequent readjustment for restless sleepers.

    The pillow comes in 3”, 4”, and 5” thickness. That 2” can make a huge difference in your experience, so try and anticipate the right thickness for you. The pillow is also reasonably priced for a specialty product.


    4. Double Core Pillow

    Overview: The Double Core Pillow is a foam pillow that lets you choose – and adjust on the fly – the level of neck support you need.

    Shape/Size: The Double Core is similar to the first pillow on this list, the Econo Wave, in shape, size, and material. It's the size and shape of a traditional pillow, but with two lobes that support the neck. The twist is the interchangeable “core” system: foam cylinders fit into the lobes via a clever latching system. You can swap cores for varying levels of neck support. The pillow comes with four, ranging from gentle to extra-firm support.

    Impressions: Of this list, the Double Core Pillow has the most customizable options. The cores allow you to choose your level of neck support, but can also be used as part of a neck support program, in which you move through different configurations and support levels over time as you adjust to the pillow (instructions are included).

    I tested each of the four cores to varying degrees of success. I found that I preferred the firmer cores that fully supported my neck. But no matter your preference, you’ll have an option. If you wish to work through the program, which takes you from the softest to firmest core, you can do that as well.

    The Verdict: If you want the flexibility to choose your level of neck support on the fly, this is the pillow for you. The system that lets you switch out the core is clever but very easy to use, and the instructions for working through the support program are easy to understand.

    Those who prefer soft pillows may have difficulty adjusting to neck support pillows. This pillow lets you gradually adjust. I personally found the firmest level of support the most comfortable. The price is pretty affordable for all the moving parts that are included.


    5. Tri-Core Cervical Pillow

    Overview: Core Products most popular fiber support pillow, the Tri-Core Cervical Pillow “provides better support and lasts longer than traditional pillows.”

    Shape/Size: The Tri-Core pillow comes in a few different sizes and firmness levels (standard or gentle). Two rolls on top and bottom support differently sizes of people, and lobes on the side support side sleeping. A trapezoid-shaped depression in the center is designed to cradle the head as the neck roll supports the neck.

    Impressions: This is my favorite pillow on the list. It’s easy to see why it’s Core Products’ most popular pillow. This pillow immediately felt comfortable. The divot in the center of the pillow was perfectly shaped to cradle my head as I slept on my back, which created a very relaxing effect.

    The side panels felt a bit odd when trying to sleep on my side, but this is a common issue I had across all pillows.

    The Verdict: The Tri-Core is made using top grade virgin polyester fiber, and is designed to stay resilient over long periods of usage. It shows. The most comfortable option on the list, the easiest to adjust to, and the closest to the pillow types I like (thick and supportive). It still provided great neck support and I woke up feeling refreshed after sleeping on this pillow.


    6. The D-Core Cervical Support Pillow

    Overview: The D-Core Cervical Pillow is similar to the Tri-Core. It’s a fiber pillow the size of a traditional pillow, designed to relieve headaches, neck spasms, arthritis, and snoring.

    Shape/Size: The center depression for the head is D-shaped. Bottom lobes support the neck, and raised edges surround each side of the pillow.

    Impressions: Much like the Tri-Core, I easily adjusted to the D-Core. It felt like a normal pillow, but left my neck supported and relaxed in the morning. The D-shaped divot creates a soothing effect.

    Also like the Tri-Core, I did not find the side panels quite as comfortable for side sleeping. The material is slightly less comfortable (but not dramatically so) than the Tri-Core, especially for someone who appreciates firm pillows.

    The Verdict: Another great option that is comfortable, similar to a traditional pillow, and easy to adjust to. This pillow is among the firmest I’ve tested, and feels denser. The price is quite economical and is a great alternative to the Tri-Core.


    7. The CervAlign Pillow

    Overview: Last on our list is the CervAlign Cervical Pillow, a softer fiber pillow that works as a neck support pillow and also functions as a conventional pillow.

    Shape/Size: The Cerv-Align is available in multiple sizes depending on the level of support needed for your neck. Its bottom curve shape is suited for both back and side sleeping, and it’s divot for the head is not as well defined as the Tri-Core or D-Core. The pillow’s sides both have raised sections for side sleeping.

    Impressions: This pillow has much more give to it than some of the other foam or fiber options. It’s very breathable and cool, and the material has more of a “downy” effect. This pillow has more give to it, and is definitely a good choice for those who prefer a softer pillow experience.

    Even though I prefer firmer pillows, I have to say the lightness of this pillow feels great against the skin. This pillow is my favorite option for side sleeping. The firmer pillows tended to raise my head too high when sleeping on my side. With the CervAlign, I feel comfortable sleeping on my side and my neck is still well supported.

    The Verdict: This is a light and breathable neck support pillow best suited for people who like a softer sleeping experience. It’s also the most comfortable pillow I’ve found for sleeping on my side. Though I’d likely choose a firmer pillow, this was pretty comfortable and gave me a decent night’s sleep.

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  • The Role of Massage in Healthcare and Medical Centers

    Posted on November 10, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton


    Massage can be much more than a way to de-stress or relax. While it certainly fulfills that function, massage therapy is increasingly viewed as a very beneficial complement to traditional healthcare. In fact, massage therapists now play a role in high-profile medical centers across the country and serve as official employees at many hospitals.

    It’s important to note that we don’t recommend massage as an alternative to traditional healthcare or as a cure for any illnesses, but rather as one part of an overall treatment program. So what is medical massage?

    Medical Massage

    There’s no one official method of massage known as medical massage. Rather, medical massage is broadly defined as massage therapy prescribed or recommended by a medical doctor with a health-based outcome in mind.
    Of course, this could mean many different things, but it’s important to understand because massage wasn’t always a widely accepted or prescribed aspect of health care. While massage has been around as an aspect of medical practice for centuries, Western medicine has not always embraced it.

    Nowadays, many health insurance plans cover massage therapy if recommended and referred by doctors. Medical massage can be used to help assist in treatment and recovery for disease, injury, and pain resulting from chronic conditions.

    Here are a few specific ways massage can be incorporated into medical treatments at hospitals and other medical centers:

    Hospital Massage

    Massage therapists can play a strong role in many types of recovery onsite at hospitals. In the past, nurses often provided massages to their patients to ease muscle tension, promote relaxation, and undo knotted muscles caused by lying in bed. Now, hospitals often keep full time massage therapists on staff to help when massage is an important part of patient treatment. Hospital massage therapists are often on call during their shift and travel throughout the hospital to wherever they’re needed.

    The conditions massage therapists treat in hospitals are varied, but they can help medical professionals with concentrations in cardiology, sports medicine, and surgery.

    Oncology Massage

    Oncology massage uses traditional massage therapy techniques that are modified to work safely with patients who are undergoing (or have undergone) cancer treatment.

    There are trainings and certifications devoted solely to oncology massage, as oncology massage therapists need to understand how cancer and its treatment affect the body. Oncology massage therapists must be able to adjust their massage techniques to adapt to the symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatment, and they must be proficient enough to make these adjustments from patient-to-patient if necessary.

    For instance, deep-tissue massage may be ruled out for many oncology patients, but gentle massage could help patients relax, sleep, and relieve pain or anxiety.

    Hospice Massage

    For patients in hospice care, the focus of massage therapists is usually to provide comfort during the patients’ final days. Usually, this does not come in the form of a traditional table massage. Instead it could include very light massage and gentle touch, with patients clothed and remaining in bed or a chair.

    For hospice patients, massage therapy can be a pain reliever, promote healthy sleep and bodily functions, reduce swelling, and relieve anxiety. While this can be a very difficult and emotional function for massage therapists, it can also be very rewarding and meaningful to help someone pass away in the most comfortable way possible.


    In the past few decades, massage therapy’s legitimacy among medical professionals has grown by leaps and bounds. Massage therapists could conceivably work in the medical field their entire careers, and the medical field is quickly growing so the industry should continue to see many opportunities. No matter the type of medical massage practiced, massage therapy is now integrated with our understanding of healthcare.







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  • The Difference Between Soreness and Injury After Exercise

    Posted on November 3, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Sore vs InjuredAnyone who’s completed a tough workout can attest to the transformative nature of exercise. Strenuous workouts can help us improve our overall fitness, gradually conditioning our bodies and increasing our strength or endurance.

    Soreness is a natural result of pushing our bodies through difficult physical tasks. Putting tension on your muscles actually causes micro tears to form, which repair themselves in the days following your workout. But how can you tell the difference between muscle soreness – which is a natural and expected consequence of working out – and pain due to an injury?

    Here are a few ways:

    Time of Discomfort

    Soreness after exercise often peaks between 24-72 hours after exercise. Known as Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness (DOMS), this soreness is the body’s natural reaction to exercise. DOMS can cause tender, aching muscles. But after a few days, that soreness should be subsiding or have completely disappeared.

    If your discomfort is lingering beyond the 72-hour mark, it’s possible that you have experienced an injury.

    Type of Discomfort

    Sometimes, soreness and injury can feel similar. But often the difference should be obvious. Soreness generally comes in the form of achy or stiff muscles that react when we work them during everyday activity.

    On the other hand, if you are feeling sharp pains that cause an unusual restriction of your mobility, you may have experienced an injury. Also, if the pain is consistent and occurring whether you’re at rest or moving, this is indicative of an injury.

    How to Treat It

    If you’re experiencing the kind of soreness typical of a killer workout, you can help yourself by treating your body right: getting enough sleep, hydrating, and eating right will help your body recover. You can also work out tight muscles using a therapy roller, get a massage, and make sure to stretch. Other than that, the best thing to do is wait out the soreness – it will go away in time.

    If you’re feeling sharp or extreme pain, or pain that lasts well beyond 72 hours after exercise, it’s very possible you’ve sustained an injury. Depending on the injury, hot or cold therapy can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. But don’t wait for the pain to subside if you expect you’re injured. You can schedule an appointment with your doctor or physical therapist just to make sure you’re treating your injury properly.





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  • How to Take a Staycation the Right Way

    Posted on October 26, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    StaycationTaking time off from work to spend at home – commonly known as the “staycation” – can be an effective way to unwind without the stress, hassle, or expense of travel. But without a focused effort to make the most of your staycation, you could just end up doing chores and sitting in front of the TV all day. This defeats the purpose of taking time off from work: recharging, relaxing, and changing up your routine.

    With that in mind, we have a few tips on how you can achieve vacation-level relaxation without any travel necessary.

    Disconnect from Work

    This is an important one. It’s easier to step away from work when you’re travelling – you can ignore your laptop and emails when exploring a new city or lounging on the beach. But if you’re taking time off at home, it may become tempting to log on to keep up with emails.

    You should resist this urge. Vacations are important to disconnect from stress, which in most office jobs comes in the form of digital communication. Shut off your laptop and turn off smartphone notifications for work email and work-related apps. You can catch up when you’re back in the office and refreshed from your break. Before you leave, set an email responder that notifies everyone that you will not be checking emails until you return.

    Turn off the Chatter

    Television, social media, and the Internet are all clamoring for your attention. Even though they may not be related to work, these distractions can keep you from reaching your relaxation potential during your time off. Turn these distractions off if you can – they’ll still be there in a week, and in the meantime you can avoid getting fired up over politics or reflexively checking social media sites.

    If you must have your news, try reading the paper – digesting information at a slower rate that allows more contemplation.

    Switch Up Your Relaxation Routine

    During your typical workweek, your relaxation time may be restricted to what is simply convenient. After you have worked a full day, commuted, and taken care of responsibilities such as errands or child-rearing, you may only have the energy to flop on the couch for a few hours of TV before bedtime.

    With a staycation, you have more time to get in some quality relaxation time that’s more fulfilling. Yoga classes, a long bath, a good book, or a long walk – all of these activities take extra time, but most importantly are quiet and allow us to truly lose ourselves in the activity or our thoughts. You can even kick back for a few drinks on your balcony or in the backyard – not a bad replacement for poolside cocktails.

    Indulge Yourself

    You don’t have to go to the beach or visit a new city to indulge. If you have a local spa, yoga studio, or fancy restaurant, you can enjoy the good life locally. You’re saving money by staying at home, so indulging yourself in treats like these shouldn’t leave you with too much guilt.

    Be a Tourist in Your Own Neighborhood

    Whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs, your area probably has some dynamite attractions. Plan some excursions from the viewpoint of a tourist: if someone was visiting your area, what would you tell them to check out?

    Bonus points if you can find some new attractions that are outside your recreational routine. Whether it’s a different hiking trail, a new museum, or a restaurant with cuisine you’ve never tried, you can experience some new regional attractions. You’ll gain a new appreciation for your area, potentially find a new fun spot to take your friends or family, and have a new experience while you’re at it.


    With a little creativity you can turn a staycation into an epic week to remember. You can also recharge your batteries, de-stress, and gain a new appreciation for staying close to home. You don’t have to travel to have a break from work – with the right motivation you’ll be achieving beach-level relaxation, even if you live in a crowded metropolis.

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  • Massage Tools: The Differences Between Cream, Oil, Lotion, and Gel

    Posted on October 20, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Massage ToolsMassage therapists have a variety of tools with which to practice their trade. One of the most important is lubricant. But there are so many different options to choose from – oils, creams, gels, and lotions. It’s often been reported that the more options we have, the more paralyzed we become when it’s time to make a choice. This is as true for massage therapists as anyone.

    While we can’t remove options from the market to make choosing your massage supplies easier, we can at least help you make an informed decision. The truth is, you may need to stock a few different types of products based on your client’s needs and preferences and your own experience as a massage therapist. Here, we break down the difference between each type of product so you can understand what to expect of each product type.


    Historically, massage oil is the product most commonly used by massage therapists. Oil has a great glide to it when massaging, and it’s easy to add essential oils without vigorous mixing required. Oil can feel comfortable and warm on your hands and a client’s skin. A bottle can also last you longer – it doesn’t require frequent reapplication like lotions or creams.

    There are a few downsides to oils. Many types of massage oils are more likely to stain sheets, clothing and other material. Some clients also don’t like the greasy residue feeling left behind by some of the thicker oils. Also, oil tends to spoil quicker than other products – you can tell by the smell and if it starts to separate in the bottle.


    Cream tends to be much thicker than oils, and is great when you need to give a massage with less slippage – perfect when you need to spend a lot of time in one area. It absorbs into the skin, similar to lotion, and doesn’t leave behind an oily feeling or residue on the client’s skin. It’s also much less likely to stain clothes or sheets.

    The absorbing effect of cream is also a downside: you tend to reapply it more frequently, meaning you go through cream quicker and it becomes less cost effective. The thickness means you can’t pump the cream from a bottle, and it’s also much more difficult to add essential oils.


    Gels are great for many massage techniques. They tend to be the most cost-effective product out there because they stay on the body longer and don’t require a lot of re-application. They also provide the best glide effect during the massage, and a long, flowing massage technique will benefit from a gel. Gels are perfect for hairy clients or clients with very dry skin.

    Due to the glide, gels are not great for sports or deep tissue massages. They are more likely to stain sheets or clothing.


    Off the shelves, lotion is the cheapest option available. Consider, though, that it absorbs very quickly, which means that you’ll most likely be applying it faster than any other product type. Lotion is a good basic option that clients may already use to moisturize. It leaves little behind and there is usually little to no “greasy” effect for the client. It is also less likely to stain sheets or other materials.

    Lotion isn’t great for hairy clients. You should also beware of lotion when clients have a flaking sunburn – it will pull dead skin together in chunks and leave it on the body. Not a great look for your clients when they leave the massage table!

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  • October is Chiropractic Health Month – Here are Five Conditions Chiropractors can Treat

    Posted on October 15, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    October is Chiropractic Health Month, and during this time, the American Chiropractic Association and chiropractic doctors around the nation will focus on raising public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic. Chiropractors focus on neuromuscular health, and treat their patients primarily through spinal manipulation and adjustments. This treatment is often viewed as alternative or complementary to more mainstream treatment, but many believe the practice is a natural alternative to addictive pain medication or invasive surgery.

    To do our part for the month, we’re listing five common conditions or disorders that chiropractic care can help to treat.

    Sports Injuries

    Sports medicine and chiropractic don’t always go hand in hand, but for many athletes they’re a natural fit. Chiropractic sports medicine is a specialty of chiropractic treatment, and focuses on pain management and rehabilitation of neuromuscular and skeletal health for both pro athletes and athletic people of all levels. As of 2015, every NFL team and many MLB teams have an official chiropractor. These chiropractors focus on spinal manipulation for injuries sustained during athletics and focus on joint manipulations that help to improve strength and flexibility.


    According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care can help with a condition commonly experienced by most people from time to time: headaches. Many factors can cause headaches, but one of the primary causes is overly tense muscles in the neck, which is a frequent condition in the era of the desk job. Chiropractors can assist with spinal manipulations or adjustments to relieve tense muscles and spinal pressure in the neck. They can also advise on posture, stretches, and exercises that will help to prevent headaches from developing in the neck and upper back.

    Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain is one of the most well known reasons to visit a chiropractor. For many, lower back pain goes away after a brief time. But for those with chronic lower back pain, the condition is recurring and can last for months or even years. Chiropractors treat lower back pain through spinal manipulation, using their hands or tools to apply force to spinal joints with the goal of pain relief. Studies have shown that this treatment is fairly low-risk and is one of the most popular “alternative” treatments to back pain.

    Spinal Disc Conditions

    There are a number of conditions that can befall the discs in your spine and cause severe back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms. Usually, these conditions come down to either a pinched nerve (material is leading from inside the disc and pinching a nerve) or disc pain (the disc itself is in pain). Chiropractors may take passive approach to treatment – for instance, exercise and stretches. Depending on the condition, they may also suggest spinal manipulations as well. In the case of a herniated disc, it’s important to note that they can only treat pain relief and not the underlying cause.


    Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden forward and backward movement of the neck (a common cause is a car accident). This can cause severe pain and restricted mobility in the neck. Chiropractors treat whiplash by evaluating the entire spine and identifying areas of joint, disc, muscle or ligament injury. Treatment involves a mix of spinal manipulation, inflammation treatment (if the injury is very recent) and stretching.

    In Closing

    Chiropractic medicine is a respected and legitimate option for treatment of many spine-related injuries and conditions. It’s commonly popular as an alternative to medication-based pain relief. While in all cases we recommend consulting your primary care doctor or other specialists in the case of injury or illness, a chiropractor can potentially help you with your pain in many instances. If you’ve been considering chiropractic treatment, Chiropractic Health Month is the perfect occasion to research your options!








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  • Joint Relief: The Best Products to Provide Joint Support

    Posted on September 27, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Our joints enable the smooth, comfortable movement of our bodies – until they don’t. When they act up, it can turn normal, everyday movements into painful affairs. We rely on our joints almost constantly each day, so joint problems can be particularly challenging to deal with. .
    That’s why we sell products that can provide relief and support to troubled joints. Here are a few of our most popular:


    knee-2-2-27Trident Osteoarthritic Knee Brace

    People with mild to moderate knee pain due to osteoarthritis can have trouble with simple activities such as sitting, walking or climbing stairs. But products such as the Trident Osteoarthritic Knee Brace use a simple wedge system and the fulcrum effect to bear the load you normally put on your knees. Put simply, the knee brace takes the load off the knee, making it easier to stay active.

    The knee brace can easily be worn under pants, as well. With the brace, you can perform simple movements that could have caused great pain and discomfort unassisted.






    sacroiliac-9-27Corfit Sacroiliac Back Support Belt

     The sacroiliac joints are on either side of the pelvis, connecting the sacrum and ilium bones. The joints work with the pelvis to support the spine and support normal activities such as walking. When the sacroiliac joints are in pain, it can cause instability and stress to your pelvis, lower spine and buttocks area. Injury and pregnancy are common \ causes of sacroiliac joint pain.

    The Corfit Sacroiliac Back Support Belt reduces this discomfort. It wraps around the hips, compressing the joints and stabilizing the area. The belt also conforms to the body without discomfort.





    lace-up-9-27Laceup Ankle Supports


    Ankle supports can provide relief to sprained or injured ankles and also help to promote natural movement and reduce the risk of injury during times of high activity. Ankles are sprained easily and often during intense exercise, as the ankle can easily roll or turn an unnatural way as the foot attempts to pivot or hits a strange angle.

    The internal spiral design of Lace-Up Ankle Supports reduces stress on sprained ankles and injured joints and reduces swelling. It also limits abnormal motion the ankle doesn’t naturally handle well, which makes it ideal for sports such as basketball. As the name implies, the support is tied on with laces and so can be easily put on in seconds.




    thumb-9-27Bi-Lateral Thumb Spica Support

    Easy thumb movement is something we can take for granted until it’s suddenly gone. If you’ve injured your thumb or have pain due to tendonitis or arthritis, a support solution can help to promote healing or relieve pain.

    The Bi-Lateral Thumb Spica Support is simple and lightweight, but stabilizes the carpometacarpal joint that joins the wrist to the thumb. When worn, the thumb is held tightly in place. The support can be worn on either hand interchangeably and can fit any size hand or wrist.




    In Closing

    Sometimes, playing through the pain isn’t worth it. Our products are designed to provide simple solutions to pain and discomfort. Using support products, you can supplement medical treatment of your joint pain and perform everyday movements with greater confidence, stability and comfort.

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  • Back Pain During or After Spin Class? Here are Some Tips to Avoid it

    Posted on September 21, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Spin classes have become a very popular phenomenon in the American fitness. The group atmosphere, bumping music and encouragement from trainers are all reasons for the success of spinning in recent years. Ranging from a half hour to an hour plus, spin classes involve cycling on stationary bikes to varying levels of intensity, body position and endurance. These workouts are not easy – they’re built to shed calories and burn fat by sustaining activity for a good amount of time.

    But a common complaint of spin class is that it causes lower back pain. And the best workout in the world isn’t doing you much good if you’re doing damage to your spine. You’re not alone – even professional cyclists are very susceptible to back problems.

    If you’re experiencing this symptom of spin class, it could be due to form issues that are easily corrected. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your spin class without causing back pain.

    Set Up Your Bike Correctly

    To promote proper form and prevent back pain, your seat needs to be in the right position. Having your seat too high or too low can contribute significantly to back pain (not to mention knee problems). To position the seat correctly, stand next to it – the seat should be in line with your hip. If, when you get on the bike, you find your knees are coming up too high or you’re close to locking out your legs on the downward pedal, you need to adjust your seat accordingly.

    Although it’s slightly less crucial for your back, you should pay attention to the positioning of your handlebars as well. If you’re new to cycling, or have noticed lower back problems during your cycling workouts, raise the handlebars a bit more than the traditional setup.

    If you have questions, ask your fitness instructor on the proper positioning.


    Stretching out all the necessary muscles – including your back – can help you endure a tough spin workout without overdoing it. Work some back stretches into your normal stretching routine. One helpful technique is to bend backwards to test for back stiffness. If you feel sore, do 10-15 backward bends to stretch out that area.


    The natural tendency for many beginner cyclists is to sit towards the front of the seat and hunch forward, hinging your body at the ribcage. This positioning forces you to round your back forward, which puts far too much strain on your lower back. Instead, sit towards the rear of the seat and hinge your body at the hips – this helps keep your back in the right position. Make sure to self-assess from time to time during your workout to make sure you aren’t hunching forward.


    By setting up your bike correctly, stretching and paying attention to proper form and positioning, you can reduce the risk of back pain caused by cycling. Of course, if these problems persist, talk to your cycling trainer during class to adjust your technique. If that doesn’t help, take a few days off from cycling and see a doctor to make sure your back pain isn’t caused by another underlying problem.






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  • How to Extend the Life Expectancy of Your Mattress

    Posted on September 14, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    mattressConventional wisdom suggests that you should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years. If you can afford it, that’s a suggestion we won’t argue with. But frequently mattresses need to extend beyond their normal lifespan. They could be handed off to child who’s moving out, shifted to a guest room or coming with you on a move. Or maybe you’re just not ready to drop hundreds to thousands of dollars on a mattress every seven years.

    Whatever the reason, there are things you can do right now to protect your mattress and help it live beyond its expected lifespan.

    Use a Mattress Protector

    Your sheets do next to nothing to protect your mattress from spills and other accidents. They also do little as a barrier between you and dust mites that live in the mattress. Mattress protectors are basically a protective barrier that go on under the sheet and keep your mattress clean and stain free. They come in all kinds, and range from basic cotton stain protectors to memory foam toppers that also provide extra comfort.

    Clean Your Bedding and Mattress

    You should clean your sheets and bedding regularly as they tend to soak in sweat, dust and skin cells. A good guideline is every two weeks at minimum. When you do this, use a vacuum hose attachment to vacuum the top of your mattress – even if you use a mattress cover. This will remove dust mites, skin cells and other unwanted material from the surface of your mattress.

    Flip and/or Rotate Your Mattress

    Over time, your bodyweight puts wear and tear on your mattress, especially in the places your body tends to rest as you’re sleeping. To slow the wear and tear on specific areas of your mattress, you should regularly reposition your mattress to put pressure on different areas.

    If your mattress is only designed to be slept on one side, you still should rotate it 180° - switching the head end to the foot end – every 1-3 months. If your mattress can be slept on both sides, you should flip and rotate the mattress on the same schedule.

    Provide Proper Support

    Finally, mattresses need to be properly supported in order to do their job well. Make sure to inspect your bedframe and box spring when you flip and/or rotate your mattress. Worn out box springs and creaking or sagging wooden slats are signs that your mattress isn’t getting the proper support it needs.


    The longer you intend to keep your mattress, the better care you’ll need to provide it to ensure it’s functional. Use these tips to keep your mattress clean and extend its life expectancy.

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