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  • Thinking about a Back Support this Winter?

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Core Products

    Could you benefit from a back support? If you’re lifting heavy objects or hunched over for long periods of time, a back support can act as a reminder for proper posture and lifting technique. Even if you’re not frequently experiencing back pain, Core Products has a back support for everyone.

    Have you considered using a back support when shoveling snow this winter? You’re not alone. Many people (us included) find ourselves with sore backs after the first few snowfalls of the year. Most of the time we find it’s either because we’re not used to those movements and lifting that amount of weight or we’re trying to rush and get the job done throwing caution and proper technique to the wind.

    A back support can help alleviate these minor pains as well as keep us from improperly lifting a heavy shovel full of snow.

    Here are a few simple tips to follow when heading out to shovel this winter:

    -        Stay active. If your body is already in shape you have less chance of injury.

    -        Warm up inside. Stretch and do some core-strengthening exercises. Going from zero to full-force hero when shoveling snow is bad news.

    -        Use proper form. Lift with your legs, not your back. Push don’t your shovel don’t lift it. If you do lift, use your legs not your back. Don’t bend from the waist – it’s more of a squat from the knees. Also, walk with the snow and dump it. Don’t lean and/or twist to toss.

    -        Do it in small doses. Only shovel away small amounts of snow instead of trying to do as much as possible each time the shovel touches snow. If you’ve had back problems in the past consider only shoveling for 5-10 minutes at a time before taking a break.

    -        Choose proper tools. Ergonomic shovels help take stress away from your back and give you a better angle of attack when scooping away snow.


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  • From Cold Sores to Heart Attacks: How the Winter Blues are Taking You Down (& Life Hacks to Fight Back)

    Posted on January 18, 2015 by Core Products

    Post-holiday seasonal depression is so commonplace in our culture that it has become a hot topic during the cold winter months from January through March. However, many people don’t realize the health repercussions of letting yourself become a helpless victim to winter weather woes and aren’t aware of the ways in which one can prevent their diminished spirit from spiraling out of control.

    Proper treatment and supplies can prevent or relieve some of the ailments more commonly experienced during the cold winter months. Cold weather keeps people indoors, the dry air both outside and produced by indoor heating dehydrates the skin and causes a slew of other irritants, and short days with little to no sunlight, all contributing to lethargy, stress, and the onset of debilitating aches and pains.

    Winter depression can weaken the immune system, and when combined with the increase in germs spread and the dry, cold air, it can end up leading to one health issue after the next–only to further exacerbate people’s level of stress and unhappiness. Find out what life hacks you should apply to prevent and/or alleviate the following winter grievances:

    1)     Cold Sores

    Skipping past the most commonly experienced cold and flu (wash your hands, maintain a clean living and work environment, and get the flu shot–in case you need the basics), there are many health risks that people don’t realize are associated with colder temperatures, including the prevalence of cold sores. Most people are aware that stress can induce a breakout, but don’t make the connection that the increase in stress experienced during the cold winter months implicates a higher prevalence of cold sores during this season.

    This is why it’s important to keep your stress in check. There are plenty of tips and tricks for boosting your mood and alleviating tension in the body. Try taking a hot bath, practicing yoga or running indoors if it’s too cold outside, or using a massager to unwind at the end of the day.

    2)     Heart Attacks

    There’s an increase in heart attacks during the wintertime, most likely because cold temperatures raise one’s blood pressure, adding more strain to the heart. The added pressure and strain is compounded by the extra work your heart has to perform just to maintain your body heat in the cold.

    To prevent these effects from occurring, you should dress warmly, and use resources such as hot beverages or heated garments and accessories to reduce the work your heart has to perform on its own. We recommend using the Tri-Core Comfort Zone Pillow to keep you warm while also maintaining a balanced temperature throughout your sleep.

    3)     Painful Joints

    Cold weather often causes many people to experience stiffness and pain in the joints and muscles. Even though the frosty conditions may force you indoors, finding an alternative means to remain active will help keep your body loose and prevent the onset of aches and pains from occurring.

    Another trick to ease and prevent joint pain is to use hot & cold packs or heat therapy to melt the tension buildup in the body.

    Taking care of Number 1 is a tough job, especially when your energy sources are depleted. However, taking the care to stay warm, exercise, and treat your body right will help curb the emotional and physical hardships faced throughout the winter. Thankfully, there are tons of great products out there to help you fight off some of the most common issues that arise!


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  • Tips for Drinking Enough Water

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Core Products

    Eight Glasses of water a day. We’ve all heard it but what’s the easiest way to do it? Water is arguably the most important aspect of everyone’s diet. Our bodies are comprised of mostly water and our organs need enough of it to properly function.

    Below are a few ways to assist you in your hydration quest.

    Eat foods containing water. Watermelon (it’s in the name), oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, and grapefruit are a few fruits with a high amount of water. Cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, and celery are a few vegetables with high water content. There’s also soup and other water-based dishes you can make to assist you in staying hydrated.

    Drink at specific points. Drink a glass of water when you wake up (you have been fasting for a few hours, after all) and also in the evening before you go to bed.

    Add flavor to your water. If drinking plain water is too boring for you, adding a bit of flavor can help liven up this necessary beverage.

    Keep water bottles handy. Keep reusable water bottles in your office, in your car, and your gym bag. Make it easy on yourself to regularly consume water no matter where you are.

    Sip instead of snacking. When craving food, instead of grabbing a snack snag a glass of water when craving food. Water can not only help quench the hunger it will also add to your daily hydration quota.

    There’s an app for that. Seriously. If you use your phone all day, consider downloading a water-tracking app. They help keep tabs on your water consumption.


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  • Using Hot and Cold Therapy

    Posted on January 12, 2015 by Core Products

    Different injuries and ailments call for different methods of relief. Hot and cold therapy is a great alternative to pain medication.

    Both of these therapies are fantastic for joint pain, typical muscle aches and pains, and pain caused by arthritis.

    If you’re using words like stiff, tense, and sore to describe muscles or joints heat therapy is your best bet. Heat therapy opens up your blood vessels increasing blood flow and supplies of oxygen and nutrients to injured areas. Heat relaxes muscles and that blood flow stimulation improves circulation, range of motion, and reduces stiffness.

    When your arthritis is causing a burning sensation cold therapy can help numb the affected joint/area. Cold therapy also reduces inflammation and can reduce pain in other parts of your body. Bumps, bruises, sprains and strains can all be treated with cold therapy. Be careful not to apply a cold compress for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

    Core Products offers a variety of hot and cold therapy items for differing needs and ailments.

    People looking for a two-in-one solution should check out the CorPak Soft Comfort Hot & Cold Pack. After chilling in the freezer the frost-free pack does not require a towel and is gentle on the skin. To use the pack for heat therapy simply warm it in the microwave. The dual comfort series also comes in various sizes and shapes including a cervical pack and tri-sectional pack.


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  • The Importance of Regular Doctor Visits

    Posted on January 7, 2015 by Core Products

    When was the last time you visited a doctor? The best way to monitor one’s health is regularly reporting to a physician.

    Regular health screenings vary from person to person depending on one’s age, sex, and family medical history. The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on your health and fitness levels and make the moves to do something about it.

    If it’s been months or even years since your last doctor visit, that is a problem. Serious health problems are easier to treat when found early. Waiting until they’re full-blown issues may require more serious treatment or even surgery. Planning annual exams and check-ups is an easy way to stay on top of your health. If you’re not doing regular doctor visits for yourself, at least consider it for loved ones who care about you and your well-being.

    This goes beyond older adults and the elderly, too. Young adults should not take their health for granted. Regularly seeing a doctor helps maintain good health and may help prevent future problems.

    It’s important to not only take an active role in your own health and well-being through diet and regular exercise but also by preparing for these regular check-ups. Make sure to review or update your family medical history before going to see your doctor. The CDC has a checklist of things to do before your next check-up.

    Additionally, if you have a list of questions regarding particular health concerns make sure to ask them! Don’t be shy when it comes to medical questions and your doctor. It’s their job to answer them and your job to ask.


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  • Setting Health Goals for 2015

    Posted on January 4, 2015 by Core Products

    January is a fresh start for everyone. Make the most of the New Year by setting up some goals for yourself. Even if you didn’t start off 2015 with some resolutions on January 1 committing yourself to a goal can begin on any day of the year! Below are some helpful tips on making healthy resolutions for 2015.

    Limit your goals. Multiple resolutions can be harder to follow through on. Focus on a few or only one and go from there.

    Write it down. There are studies floating around suggesting those who write down their goals are far more successful. Think of it as a personal contract.

    Be specific. Don’t let the goal be generic. What exactly do you want to accomplish? How will you do it? What’s the game plan or strategy?

    Many people follow the SMART method when it comes to goal-setting.

    S-pecific: What do you want to accomplish?

    M-easurable: What is the metric with which you will measure your success and track your accomplishment?

    A-ction oriented: The end goal should include an action you can take to achieve it.

    R-easonable/R-elevant: Your resolution should be reasonable meaning that it’s within reach or isn’t within your standard day-to-day (that’d be too easy). Resolutions are a challenge to yourself that aren’t easy but shouldn’t be impossible.

    T-ime oriented: What’s the goal completion date?

    Know where you are now before deciding where you want to go. Where do you currently stand on overall health? If your goal is to do 1,000 pull-ups a week and you can barely do one without the assistance of a chair it’s probably a good idea to temper expectations.

    Whether your goal is to quit smoking, exercise regularly (which is too ambiguous – remember to be specific with this type), lose weight (again, set a number!), or eat healthier we wish you nothing but the best in 2015!


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  • Ankle Sprains, Stress Fractures and Foot injuries Increase in Winter

    Posted on December 31, 2014 by Core Products

    Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie snowboarding down the steepest slope or just walking on an icy sidewalk, freezing temperatures and winter weather make for slippery conditions - which makes sense that more foot and ankle related injuries occur this season. Some hospitals report a 500 percent increase in trips to the emergency room for falls and slips alone.

    Ankle sprains are the most common leg and foot injury. They occur when you roll over from the inside to the outside of your foot. This movement stretches or tears the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. There are many ways to prevent this from happening. Exercising and stretching help you maintain strength, balance, and flexibility. Wearing well-fitted shoes and firm support also helps.

    Our PowerWrap® Ankle Brace provides extra stability and support whether you’re playing sports or at home. The brace is built with our Positive Tensioning System which gives you a custom fit every time without needing to tie any laces or worry about taping.

    If the unfortunate occurs and you do wind up with an ankle injury, the PowerWrap® Ankle Brace is also designed for post-injury. The lace design provides excellent compression and outside/inside support while walking, reduces swelling and can help with knee hyper-extension without restricting necessary motion or reducing strength.


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  • Staying Hydrated this Winter

    Posted on December 28, 2014 by Core Products

    It seems, for the most part, we’re all well aware the importance of staying hydrated. In the summer, it’s easy. Most people are so hot they carry around cool drinks throughout the day.

    Well, winter isn’t coming – it’s already here. Make sure staying hydrated isn’t an afterthought.

    Hydration needs do not change with the seasons. Humans still need about the same amount of water as they do any other time of year. For those who find themselves exercising in winter, water is still just as important as it was in the summer. Our body loses water the same ways it did a few months ago. Winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, etc.) are as strenuous as summer activities.

    Getting into the habit of regularly drinking water all day can also help the immune system. To fight illnesses our bodies create mucous which requires ample water to make. Mind the warning signs for dehydration and be sure to drink some fluids if you’re thirsty. Urine should be pale yellow to almost clear but some foods may impact the color.

    A few tips for staying hydrated in winter:

    -        Drink water: This is a no-brainer. Try to drink at least a glass with each meal. That should help ensure you’re getting the right amount each day.

    -        Limit caffeine: A tried and true method all year-round. Limiting the amount of caffeine drinks will help retain water.

    -        Eat your liquids: Soup will not only help to hydrate you but also warm you up after coming in from the cold.

    -        Eat salty foods: Along with eating liquids, salty dishes help your body retain water.

    -        Short showers: Help keep your skin from drying out by avoiding long, hot showers.


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  • Benefits of Cervical Pillows

    Posted on December 25, 2014 by Core Products

    If you’re sore on the daily, it might be a good idea to look at your sleep habits. The way we sleep can cause a lot of pain and body aches and an easy way to get that in check is to look at our pillows. The right (or, in some cases, wrong) pillow can make a world of difference.

    Cervical pillows help correct and maintain your spine. Sleeping in proper alignment helps to prevent headaches, neck and upper back strains, arthritis, and other ailments caused by improper sleeping posture. Quality sleep will also give users of this pillow style the rest they need to perform at their very best.

    Core Products’ uniquely shaped pillows provide options for both back sleepers and side sleepers. The Tri-Core® Cervical Pillow family is our best-selling orthopedic pillow. The shape of these pillows support the head and neck better than standard pillows bought in a store. People experiencing cervical spine problems or neck pain on a nightly basis should consider purchasing a pillow specifically designed for proper alignment of the spine.

    A few things cervical pillows help by providing proper neck support:

    Neck muscle and joint strains and sprains
    Tension headaches
    Whiplash injuries
    Arthritis
    Morning hand stiffness and swelling
    Temporomandibular disorders
    Stiffness
    Snoring (in some cases)

    The intention of cervical pillows’ design is to help alleviate and eliminate the symptoms causing the pains listed above. If you or a loved one are looking for a drug-free sleep aid consider testing out a pillow created to help you get a good night’s rest and relieve you from bothersome neck and back pain.


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  • 5 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Core Products

    Whether you’ve hurt yourself from manual labor or have been dealing with muscle aches and cramps, there are plenty home remedies to sooth your aches, sprains and strains. From at-home spa treatments to essential oils, we’ve rounded up five home remedies for sore muscles.

    1. Treat yourself to an Epsom salts bath. A cup or two of Epson salt dissolved in a warm bath works wonders for aching muscles because Epson salts are made up of magnesium sulfate, a natural muscle relaxant.
    2. Indulge in coconut oil. Using 2-3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day in cooking and applied on foods help treat sore muscles and leg cramps.
    3. Get a massage. Whether you book an appointment with a professional or your significant other is feeling generous, massages helps to stimulate blood circulation, which speeds healing. Combine with essential oils (peppermint, lavender or roman chamomile) and enjoy the double benefit.
    4. Exercise. If you’re just stiff and sore, your muscles will stay tense if you don’t do much. Whether it’s running, walking, or doing yoga, stay active!

    Use a CorPak! Soft Comfort CorPaks is the perfect solution to relieve strains, sprains, headaches, and other soft tissue injuries. No need to wrap these packs in a towel, simply cool in the freezer for acute care to help controlling swelling and blood flow, or warm in the microwave to aid muscle relaxation.


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