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  • 6 Pillows Types That Can Improve Your Sleep

    Posted on September 15, 2014 by Core Products

    Tri-Core PillowHave you been experiencing body aches and pains? If you have it may be time to examine the type of pillow you use. Pillows are commonly used under a person’s head while they are sleeping, but the following pillow types can be used under different areas of the body to improve the overall quality of a person’s sleep.

    1. Neck Pillows
    Neck pillows are commonly referred to as cervical or orthopedic pillows. Neck pillows are shaped to support the head and neck. Neck pillows can be helpful for people experiencing cervical spine problems or neck pain because they help to keep the neck aligned with the spine.

    2. Body Pillows
    Body pillows are defined by its long shape, usually as long as the body, and are favored by people who sleep on their side. People that sleep on their side utilize the body pillow to support a variety of body parts. The long shape allows a person to support their head, neck, knees and legs. The head and neck are supported by the top of the pillow and the knees and legs are supported by the bottom of the pillow; typically by placing the bottom of the pillow between the knees and the top of the pillow under the head.

    3. Knee Pillows
    Traditional rectangle pillows can be used as knee pillows. Positioning a pillow between the knees helps to alleviate strain on the lower back. Knee pillows can be used when sleeping on the side or back. By adding a pillow between the knees it keeps the legs from rotating, which keeps the spine in a neutral pain-free position.

    4. Donut Pillows
    Donut pillows are named after its circular donut-shape with center cut out. Donut pillows are used to prevent pressure on the tailbone or lower extremities. People usually sit on donut pillows by placing the donut on the seat of a person’s chair. Donut pillows can also be used while sleeping to ease pain and tension away from a bruised or broken body part.

    5. Lower Back Pillows
    Lower back pillows are used to support the inward curve of a person’s spine and help to prevent muscle tension. Traditional pillows can also be used as lower back pillows because they help to fill the natural gap between the lower spine and the surface of a bed or chair.

    6. Travel Pillows
    Travel pillows are “U” shaped pillows that fit around the neck to support the head of a person in a seated position. Travel pillows are used to prevent the neck from bending into uncomfortable positions and help to support the weight of a person’s head. Travel pillows should be used when a person is sleeping in an upright position.


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  • Five Lifehacks for People with Limited Mobility

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by Core Products

    For people with limited mobility, simply maneuvering through the halls of their home can be intimidating, not to mention venturing outside the house to enjoy the outdoors, or even going to the store to pick up groceries. But living life shouldn’t be a daunting task. Here are five great lifehacks to help people with limited mobility live life fully and safely:

    1. Optimize your home’s entrance to prevent falls. For people with limited mobility, walking up a few steps to get into the house can be difficult. To prevent falls while entering and exiting the house, make sure there is a clear and smooth path to the front door. If there are stairs or a porch leading to the front door, be sure to install a strong handrail or a sturdy ramp if needed. Ramps can be rented if needed for temporary mobility issues, or there are many ramps that can be installed permanently as well.

    2. Rearrange furniture and create more seating spaces. Try to avoid small walkways between furniture whenever possible and make sure each room has enough seating so a person with limited mobility can sit down and rest. It is also a good idea to secure all fragile decorative items on shelves and on the walls.

    3. Purchase a reacher to help with picking things up off the floor or grabbing items from higher shelves. Reachers can even be used outside the house at places like the grocery store, to help grab items that are out of reach. These items are generally very budget-friendly and can make life much easier for those with limited mobility.

    4. Invest in hand grips to use with smaller, everyday items. The thicker handles of hand grips will help those with arthritis or limited mobility use everyday items and tools with their hands, from toothbrushes to forks to crochet hooks.

    5. Enjoy the comfort of the outdoors, indoors. For people with limited mobility, going outside can sometimes be a difficult task. To bring the serenity of the outdoors inside, open a window while eating dinner, put a comfortable chair near the window with the best view, or plant a container garden that can be placed near a window for sunlight. A breath of fresh air and a few rays of sunlight can do the body and mind good!


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  • Supporting Your Child and Understanding Common Health Conditions

    Posted on September 3, 2014 by Core Products

    Four of the most common serious health conditions in children are obesity, chronic illness, developmental disabilities, and injury during sport or play. It is important to establish healthy patterns and support your child as they transition from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. Often your child will not know how to express themselves and this will lead to confusion and anger. Communication and patience are the keys to soothing your child and supporting them through difficult and often painful times.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, Obesity affects more than one third of all children and adolescents. Obesity is still misunderstood by most and is too often attributed to being weak willed or lazy. The best thing you can do to help your child is to educate yourself about the contributing factors to obesity.

    • Sleep Habits - Try to keep your child on similar sleep schedule every night. Avoiding late night snacking and staying up too late will help increase your child’s energy and activity level.
    • Portion Size – One way to help with childhood obesity is to limit portion size. You may indeed be providing a proper diet, but you could be giving them too much. Consult a pediatrician for proper portion size suggestions.
    • Diet Options – Avoid diet pills, starvation diets, or fasting – these could hinder your child’s growth and destroy their confidence. Consult a pediatrician for diet options and avoid late night grazing and snack foods. Also, try packing your child’s lunch – that way you will know what your child is eating throughout the day.
    • Exercise – This may be the most obvious option, but without accomplishing the first three bullet points you will not have an active or energetic child. Be patient with your child in the early stages and allow them to grow their confidence by playing with other kids.

    Chronic Conditions/Illness can range from two months to a lifetime of struggles. Chronic conditions may come as a surprise and leave a family feeling alone and powerless. But, there is a large support network for children and as a parent you should spend time educating yourself to benefit your child. There are several important factors to help your child cope with confusing and sometimes scary conditions. Try these four steps to help your child: Listen to your child, Learn from others, Teach your child, Encourage your child to be independent.

    Developmental Disabilities often go untreated because parents are likely to avoid or disregard obvious factors. Developmental disabilities like Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder are two of the least understood and either untreated or misdiagnosed. To support your child it is important to educate yourself and find a support system of parents and families with a similar family dynamic. Developmental disabilities range in severity and treatment, but each requires a specially designed system to comfort and support your child.

    Sprains, strains, or fractures are three of the most common ways children are injured during sport or play. One of the most common soothing techniques is the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. RICE is commonly used for soft tissue damage like sprains or strains but a more severe injury should be treated in a hospital.


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  • Core Products Sponsors Osceola Wheels and Wings Pancake Breakfast

    Posted on August 25, 2014 by Core Products

    Osceola Wheels and Wings

    Osceola, Wisconsin proudly presents the best Fly-in/Air and Classic Car show in the Midwest-on Saturday September 6th, just as the leaves start turning their glorious colors! Now in its 34th year, Wheels and Wings continues to be the largest family entertainment event of the region. Drawing over 8000 regional visitors, car and aviation enthusiasts fill the town and the airport for a full day of spectating- 750 custom classic cars from every era, motorcycles, hot rods, vintage planes, ultra lights and other incredible pieces of aviation, mechanical art and history.

    The popular Radar Run and Pancake Breakfast are in queue. Be ready for your jaw to drop as the pilots perform their acrobats and stunts with exhilarating performances. With more than 5 acres of aircraft displays,classic cars galore, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. And the best part is the admission is FREE!

    Located at the LO Simenstad  Municipal Airport,the Osceola Wheels and Wingsis growing but still retains its friendly and small town country atmosphere- part of the reason Osceola is an annual “must see” for more families every year.  To round out your day, join in on the fun at the Osceola Community Craft Fair at Mill Pond Park and in its 90th year- the Osceola Community Fair with rides, entertainment and an old fashioned community gathering  in Oakey Park.Arrive early for the Airport Pancake Breakfast to rev up your engine and start your day off right!

    Proceeds from this event benefit the Lion’s Club and the Osceola Area Chamber of Commerce, both Non-Profit organizations that give value to their members and the community. All proceeds go directly to deserving programs and charities that serve and strengthen our Community.


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  • Paralyzed Man Moves Hand after Successful Brain Chip Surgery

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by Core Products

    Earlier this year, surgeons and engineers collaborated on a surgery to implant a chip on the surface of a paralyzed man’s brain. The goal and hope was to for him to regain control and movement in his hand.

    It looks as if this sci-fi story is turning into reality. With a cord coming from the top of his head (plugged into the chip on his brain), in something that looked like it was out of The Matrix movie franchise, Ian Burkhart moved his hand for the first time in four years.

    This paralyzed man moved his hand using only his thoughts and the electrodes wrapped around his arm. Doctors and engineers circumvented his broken spinal cord by picking up electrical signals from the brain (via the implanted chip), passing those signals through a computer, and firing electrical pulses to stimulate the muscles in the man’s forearm using an electrode sleeve. The researchers at Battelle are calling it the Neurobridge and you can check out how it works here.

    The technology is a few years away from practical use but it’s an important first step in the process of helping paralyzed persons gain back their independence. This is an exciting time for a company like ours; one that manufactures products intended to give people a higher quality of life by making their lives more comfortable and pain-free.

    The future possibilities for our field are endless at this point. We look forward to following Ian’s story as well as other advances in the medical field in the near future. What once was deemed impossible is now reality. From neck pillows to back support belts and from specialty pillows to ankle braces, Core Products remains committed to making your life more comfortable.


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  • Golfing with a Sore Back

    Posted on August 14, 2014 by Core Products

    Lower back pain is a common golf injury. It’s also a cause of great frustration for any chronic back pain sufferers as it may prevent them from playing the game they love.

    If you’re dealing with back pain after golfing try to determine if it’s something sharp and specific (an indication of a severe injury), a chronic, nagging pain, or simply pain from either a lack of conditioning or a lack of golf. If you only play golf once a month there’s a good chance you’ll be sore for the next few days or even the entire next week. If this is the case, proper conditioning for playing golf is the best thing one can do.

    Focus on three things to help prevent lower back pain while golfing: mobility, stability, and strength. Below are some tips on how to get back into the swing of things

    1. Stretch and warm up: Going straight from the clubhouse to the tee box without properly stretching or warming up is not a good idea. A lot of people may like to just ‘grip it and rip it’ but if you’ve hurt your back in the past or are dealing with some lower back pain this is not advised.
    2. Condition your body. Body conditioning will strengthen your core, back, arms, and legs. Strength training and/or yoga will increase your body control and help cut down on the amount of violence in your golf swing – a leading cause of back pain in golfers.
    3. Ease back into golfing and don’t push yourself. If you’ve been off the golf course due to back pain (and not just an errant tee shot), start out on the driving range. It’s important to understand you might lose some distance on your swing. Additionally, if you can only play a few holes when getting back out there, so be it.
    4. Smartly carry your golf bag. It’s not just your swing that could cause pain. Consider using a rolling cart bag or forego walking the course and start using a golf cart to get around.
    5. Stand closer. Standing a few inches closer to the ball improves your center of gravity and will help keep your back aligned throughout your swing.

    It’s possible to play golf pain-free. This article from Golf Digest (http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2010-03/save-your-back-foley) does a great job of showing you how to properly swing your club to reduce pain and stress on your back.


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  • Correct Weightlifting Posture

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Core Products

    Correct posture while weightlifting increases its effectiveness and helps prevent injuries. When we’re weightlifting our goals are all pretty much the same whether it’s to gain strength or lose weight. We’re in it to get/stay in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle.

    In order to maximize the results from our efforts it’s important to maintain correct posture while weightlifting. It’s especially important for avoiding injuries. If we hurt ourselves weightlifting there’s a good chance we’ll need to rest and remain inactive while we recover – not an ideal scenario.

    There is a plethora of articles and videos available online to assist us on how to achieve correct weightlifting posture. It’s a great entryway to increase your weight training knowledgebase. However, the best way to learn when starting out is to employ the services of a knowledgeable trainer at your local gym. You don’t have to hire them as your full-time trainer, but working with a trainer once in a while is a good idea to make sure your form is spot on (unless, of course, you want a personal trainer every time you lift). Even if you’ve been weight training for years it’s a good idea to occasionally work with a trainer to check your technique and make adjustments as needed.

    There are a few important tips no matter what type of weightlifting you’re doing to maintain proper posture other than just good form:

    1. Warm up
      Before doing any sort of weightlifting it’s important to do a few minutes of aerobic exercise to increase blood flow to your muscles. Lifting with cold muscles can lead to serious strains, pulls, and even tears.
    2. Proper weight
      It is much easier to maintain proper weightlifting form and technique with a weight you can manage than with a higher weight you struggle to lift.
    3. Breathe
      This sounds easy as it is something you do on a daily basis without thinking. However, many people tend to hold their breath while weightlifting. Exhale when lifting the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    If you experience pain while weightlifting heed the warning. Stop what you’re doing and try again another day. The old adage “no pain, no gain” is somewhat true but lifting through pain – the kind that is sharp or lingers – is a bad idea. Read our post here about playing/lifting through pain and when to shut it down. Stay smart about what your body tells you. Weightlifting is one of the best activities for a healthy lifestyle. Don’t limit what you can do by practicing poor technique.


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  • Back Injuries and Sex: A Few Tips for Getting Back into the Groove

    Posted on August 1, 2014 by Core Products

    Back Injuries and Sex: A Few Tips for Getting Back into the GrooveFor some, back injuries are completely debilitating. It doesn’t matter if it’s affecting your work or your leisure activities. Either way, your life isn’t quite the same. You can say something similar about what happens in the bedroom. Injuring your back can seriously put you and your partner’s sex life in a funk.

    Having sex after a back injury can be a difficult time. The injured person may be timid, afraid of hurting it or aggravating the same injury. It might also cause pain while in the act. Sex is an integral part of any relationship and you don’t want a back injury to get in the way.

    Communication is important. The best thing for you to do is be open and honest about your back pain. It’s a much better idea to discuss what’s going on than not explaining the situation of what you’re not able to have sex. This rings true for discussing back pain and sex with your doctor.

    Relax and don’t rush the process. Make yourself comfortable. Pillows are a great way to assist in positions that cause back pain. Lying on one’s back causes a lot of stress. Placing a pillow under your lower back can help relieve that stress and your pain. Another option for this is to give each other massages before engaging in sex. Not only will you help relieve each other’s pain, you will loosen up the muscles around the areas causing back pain.

    Another alternative is to try a different location other than bed. Many sites recommend engaging in sex on a chair for those who suffer from back pain. The goal is to relieve pressure wherever you’re experiencing pain. Trying sex in different positions can also achieve this goal.

    Working on your stabilizer muscles is another great way to help relieve your pain and attempt to prevent future pain. Core exercises are extremely helpful in this regard. Yoga is another great way to strengthen and stabilize your back/abs.

    If you ever experience back pain of any type please visit your doctor. The above tips are merely a guideline and not intended to replace the advice and knowledge of a medical professional.


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  • Playing Through the Pain: Not Always the Best Tactic

    Posted on July 29, 2014 by Core Products

    We see it when we watch professional athletes performing at the highest level. In the eyes of society, playing through pain is honorable. This pro-athlete glorification drives home the idea of playing through pain so much that we sometimes chastise athletes if they sit on the sideline without any visible injuries.

    Despite this, playing through pain is not always in a player’s best interest – nor is it for the average, active person. The greatest risk is doing more (sometimes serious) harm beyond the initial discomfort. A tweak, pull, or strain can quickly expand into a tear, break, or fracture.

    Professional hockey players regularly play through losing their teeth mid-game amidst a multitude of other pains. Basketball and football players are often seen getting taped on the sidelines with ankle sprains and broken fingers. Many of these athletes typically take the “grin and bear it” approach to cope with the blunt force that comes with the territory. Whether this is some machismo thing or simply giving one’s all for the benefit of the team is debatable. The example set by star athletes moves on down the ranks to the college and high school levels and even filters out to healthy, active adults.

    That’s the real trick though: they’re professional athletes with some of the best medical teams at their fingertips. It’s also reported that athletes have a higher pain tolerance than the rest of us.

    Active adults, on the other hand, need to pay close attention to any pain. Some may say it comes down to one question: are you hurt or injured? The difference can be huge and difficult to decipher.

    This Health & Fitness Magazine article lists four signs a person experiencing pain should stop the activity they’re doing.

    1. A hot or swelling joint
    2. Chronic pain that lingers for weeks or months at a time
    3. If a degenerative disease is revealed by X-rays
    4. If the pain makes it impossible to continue

    Staying physically active is important for those who want to healthy lifestyle. Oftentimes, tolerating aches and pains is just fine so long as we don’t overcompensate and injure another body part or heed larger warning signs that something might be seriously wrong. If we’re coming back from injury and experience pain, it’s a good idea to shut it down, cut back, and start some more rehabilitation.


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  • Getting Back to Exercise After an Injury

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Core Products

    Whether you’re an extremely athletic person who is in tip-top shape, or someone who just works out to keep from packing on the pounds, chances are you could at some point experience an injury that keeps you from your regular workout routine. Unfortunately, this can put a damper on your fitness and make it harder to get back to your routine after your injury is treated and healed.

    If you’d rather keep working out as you recover, there are a few things you can do to keep from hurting yourself all over again, and putting yourself out of commission even longer. One caveat: you should talk to your doctor about your specific case before getting back to the gym – their knowledge of your injury and their answers to your questions will be tailored for your situation, and you should heed that advice first and foremost.

    That being said, here are a few tips for staying in shape during your recovery.

    1.     Baby Steps

    You know that saying, “hit the ground running?” DON’T do that this time around. Whether you’re lifting weights, getting some aerobic exercise, or stretching, don’t assume that you can perform at the level you were before you had your injury. This is a good recipe for injuring yourself again, or exacerbating your current injury. Start at a much lower level to see what you can handle. Lower weights, lower reps, and lower intensity will be your mantra at first.

    2.     Talk to an Expert

    At this point, you should have already talked to your doctor, but there are other experts who can give you advice on getting back to the gym. Physical therapists and physical trainers have expertise in these areas. Consider talking to one of these professionals to determine a workout program that will keep you in shape without landing you back in the hospital.

    3.     Pay Special Attention to Your Body

    Pre-injury, you may have tended to push yourself hard at the gym, trusting that pain, soreness, or fatigue is the sign that you’re doing something right and getting stronger. However, there’s a reason pain exists – it’s a signal to our brains that something is wrong. Post-injury, pay attention to the pains you feel during or after a workout – if something you could do before doesn’t feel right, you should stop for the time being. Your body may need some time before it can get ready for that particular exercise again.

    4.     Don’t Skimp on Rest and Nutrition

    Part of the key to recovery is giving your body the recuperation it needs. Make sure you’re getting enough rest, eating right, and taking it easy on the affected area.

    Not all injuries are created equal – obviously, a broken leg will hinder you more than a sprained ankle – but many injuries will not prevent you from getting regular exercise. The key is paying attention to your body, going a little easier on yourself, starting off slow, and giving your body its needed recuperation time. Keep these in mind, and talk to your doctor, before getting back to your usual workout.


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