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  • The Best Low-Intensity Cardio Exercise for Beginners

    Posted on June 16, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Starting an exercise program to get in shape or improve your fitness is a daunting task. It’s hard to know where to begin.

    Maybe you never made exercise a priority, and you’re ready to start now. Or, you’re getting back into exercise after a long hiatus - injuries, cold weather, and daily obligations that can put exercise on hold for months or even years.

    Ramping up your exercise program is a noble goal no matter the reason. But you’ll need to ease into your new lifestyle to avoid injury and overtraining, which can discourage you from continuing to pursue your fitness goals when you’re just starting out.

    Here are a few low intensity cardio exercises you can use to get into the swing of things without burning yourself out too soon.

    Walking

    Okay, walking isn’t usually that exciting of an exercise. You already know how to walk – if you really want to get in shape, you’ll want to jump into running, right?

    Not necessarily. Regular, brisk walks help provide a number of health benefits, including weight loss, better cardiovascular health, strong bones and muscles, and preventing or treating a number of conditions and disabilities. Walking is even a mood lifter.

    Plus, there are so many opportunities for us to increase our walking activity. You can take your dog for a walk, walk to the nearby store instead of driving, or go for a stroll when the weather is nice. All that activity adds up to a healthier you, and walking puts less strain and damage on your joints than running, making it easy to recover.

    Swimming

    Swimming for distance or time at a low or moderate speed provides enormous health benefits and burns calories at a rapid rate. If swimming for long periods is too intense, you can always scale down to treading water, water aerobics, or swimming short laps with breaks in between.

    Swimming is especially ideal for people coming with an injury or joint pain. That’s because the water supports your weight, minimizing the impact that may be sustained during exercises on land.

    Elliptical

    If you have access to a gym, an elliptical machine is an excellent tool for getting back into exercise. It allows you to emulate the motions of running while eliminating the impact on your joints associated with running. The exercise extends movements to your entire body, and studies have shown that people are performing more intensely than they actually perceive when on an elliptical machine.

    You can even adjust your stride – moving in a “backward” run rather than forward – to work out different muscles.

    Conclusion

    All of these exercises are accessible to people of all fitness levels, so there’s no barrier to entry if you are just starting an exercise program (okay, you will need to know how to swim to hop in the deep end of a pool). In addition, they all provide minimal impact to your joints, so whether you’re trying to prevent joint pain or manage joint pain, you’ll be covered. Finally, all of these exercises are scalable – by intensity, time, or distance – so you can increase the workout to fit your needs and to make more progress over time.

    One crucial thing to remember when getting back into exercise is that recovery is very important. Stretching before or after workouts will help you recover, and deep REM sleep is when our muscles repair themselves. A good cervical pillow can help you reach a blissful state of sleep that lets your body recover from all the work you’ve been putting in.

    Whatever your fitness goals are, getting started with exercise is a commendable activity and your body will thank you!

     

     

    Sources:

    http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/exercise/workouts/walking/wow-of-walking.php

    https://www.realbuzz.com/articles/top-6-low-intensity-workouts/

    http://www.builtlean.com/2012/04/20/elliptical-vs-treadmill/


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  • How to Reduce the Risk of Back Injury in a Physically Demanding Job

    Posted on June 11, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Millions of workplace injuries occur every year, putting the injured out of commission and costing both employer and employee time and money. To reduce the risk of workplace injury, most employers have safety guidelines and standards that their workers must follow.

    However, there’s no foolproof solution to prevent workplace injury, and when human error is a factor, employers can never provide a full guarantee that you won’t be injured at the workplace.

    Physically demanding jobs – such as construction worker, repairman, and grocery stocker – have a higher risk of injury, as the act of performing the job itself can cause injury if not performed properly. If you have a job that requires routine, demanding physical activity, working smarter in a way that reduces that risk is essential to keeping you safe on the job.

    Lower back injuries as a result of handling materials (lifting boxes, moving supplies, etc.) are one of the most common causes of workplace injury.

    Here are some best practices to keep your lower back safe as you lift and move supplies throughout the day:

    Make Your Workspace Back-Friendly

    Your workspace should be optimized for safety and functionality. You probably already use many commonsense safety practices, such as keeping objects off the floor where they could be a tripping hazard, unplugging tools that aren’t in use, etc.

    However, other policies can be enacted to make work easier on your back. For instance, if you are consistently lifting boxes from shelves, you should raise or lower those shelves to an ideal height that eliminates the need for bending or lifting boxes from the ground to reduce the strain you put on your back. Avoid storing heavy products deep in the back of shelves, where you will have to reach far to pull them out.

    If you move through an assembly line process when building a product, organizing your workspace so that you can move from step to step without too much manual lifting will also reduce injury risk.

    Identifying areas like these – where you can make clear environmental choices to reduce strain on the back – can help prevent back injuries.

    Lift Smart

    There are a number of ways you can lift boxes and supplies strategically to reduce the risk of back pain:

    The buddy system: If you have someone you can use as a lifting partner, you’re essentially splitting your lift in half.

    Use tools: Do you have access to a forklift? What about a wheelbarrow, dolly, or handcart? Anytime you can put heavy objects on wheels, you’re relieving your body from the strain of lifting those objects.

    Body position: When you must lift and carry an object using only your body, start with a wide stance, tightening your core. Focus on crouching with a bend in your knees, instead of bending straight at the hips. Keep your shoulders back rather than rounding them and hunching over. When you’re ready to lift, put the load on your legs, not your back, and lift the object close to your body.

    If it’s difficult for you to maintain good lifting posture, products such as lumbar support belts promote proper lifting technique and reduce the risk of injury.

    Before intense activity, make sure you warm up – a brisk jog or some stretches will help you prepare. Take breaks as needed and whenever possible, and be sure to hydrate frequently!

    Management and Staff Cooperation

    Both management and staff should have an equal interest in preventing workplace injury. Management is responsible for providing and promoting a safe workplace, but workers should be responsible for adhering to guidelines and even improving upon existing practices.

    Management should establish safety guidelines that take into account the risk of lower back injury, and optimize processes and procedures that reduce this risk. They should also provide safety training that specifically focuses on injury prevention to workers.

    Workers have a responsibility to work safely, but also to provide feedback or suggest improvements for better safety procedures.

    Finally, an injured worker must immediately report their injury to their employer in keeping with that employer’s safety guidelines.

    Conclusion

    Using these tips and policies, you can help prevent yourself and others in your workplace from being injured. Whether you work alone in your own workshop, or in a warehouse with hundreds of other workers, the fundamentals of safety are the same. Optimizing the workplace, lifting using best practices, and workplace cooperation can all help fight workplace injury and keep our backs safe and healthy.

     

     

    Sources:

    https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/inj_prev.html

    https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ergonomics/


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  • Bone Fuel: The Best Foods for Bone Health

    Posted on June 6, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    One important aspect of aging comfortably is supporting the health of your bones. Not only are strong bones important early in life as you grow, they become crucial as you age. As you get older, strong bones can slow or even prevent conditions like osteoporosis, which results in brittle bones that can easily break under low stress or impact. Women over 50 are especially susceptible to this condition, and so it’s important – whether you have osteoporosis or not – to practice a diet that strengthens your bones.

    So how do you establish the right diet? You need to eat foods that are bone fuel – that strengthen, grow, and protect your bones.

    Calcium-Rich Foods

    One of the most important elements to include in a bone-healthy diet is calcium. Calcium is one of the major building blocks of bones, and a calcium-rich diet contributes to bone strength and density, while a calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis.

    Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium. Milk is one of the best sources, but yogurt and cheese are also great for providing calcium.

    One common condition – lactose intolerance – can prevent many people from getting their much-needed calcium from dairy. Not to worry! There are a number of great foods that contain a good dose of calcium without containing any dairy, including:

    Veggies: collard greens, kale, broccoli, and turnip greens are all great sources of calcium.

    Beans: White beans are a fantastic source of calcium, and can be added to many dishes, such as pasta, chili, and hummus.

    Canned Fish: Canned salmon and sardines provide a big boost of calcium and omega 3’s, and are delicious to add to salads and other dishes.

    Vitamin D-Rich Foods

    Vitamin D helps to support calcium absorption and processes that enable bone mineralization – in other words, the processes that makes your bones dense and strong. Vitamin D also helps bones grow, and without Vitamin D bones can become thin or brittle.

    While sunshine on your skin will help you meet your Vitamin D needs, many of us need to limit our exposure to UV rays to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. In addition, we tend to stay indoors in cold winter climates – and so, food sources of Vitamin D are important as well.

    The best sources of naturally occurring vitamin D occur in fish – specifically, the meat of fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Cod liver oil is a great provider of Vitamin D as well – you may have seen the supplements in the grocery store. As you move down the list of Vitamin D-containing foods, the drop-off from fish is significant – but there are many foods that come enriched with Vitamin D, such as orange juice, milk, and yogurt.

    Protein

    A well-balanced protein diet is beneficial to promoting bone health. Underweight and older Americans are often eating below the protein recommendations made by the Recommended Dietary Allowance. In contrast, the American diet is often too rich in animal-based protein.

    While the exact recommended intake is up for debate – and the role that protein plays on bone health is still debated – it is agreed that a diet of too little protein or too much protein can be harmful to bones. Foods that are rich in protein, such as meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy – can be harmful in excess. Essential to maintaining healthy protein intake is to balance these foods with fruits and vegetables.

    In Closing

    Diet is not the only way to keep your bones healthy – moderate exercise and sunlight can also go a long way towards bone health. However, diet is an extremely important factor, as it is a major source for the ingredients that help build, strengthen, and grow our bones. Making sure you get enough calcium, vitamin D, and moderate amounts of protein will help keep your bones strong and prevent or slow the onset of osteoporosis and brittle bones.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium-full-story/#calcium-from-milk

    https://www.nof.org/patients/treatment/nutrition/

    https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/


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  • Five Things You Can Do for Arthritis Awareness Month

    Posted on May 29, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Every year, May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month – a time to focus on a condition that affects more than 50 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the country. Despite the prevalence of the disease, there is still much we don’t know about arthritis, and researchers are still working to find better treatments, prevention measures, and even a cure.

    Many Core Products customers live with arthritis – our products that ease pain or support movement have helped treat arthritis symptoms for many. Even if you don’t have arthritis, odds are good you know someone who is affected. As it affects such a large portion of our population, it’s in every American’s interest to help support arthritis research and the search for a cure.

    With that in mind, here are five things you can do for Arthritis Awareness Month to help promote arthritis awareness, support research, and help you live with your arthritis.

    Educate Yourself

    Did you know that arthritis can affect people of any age – not just people over 50? Did you know that there were more than 40 types of arthritis? Or that certain diets are believed to help treat or prevent the disease?

    If not, a great goal this month is to learn more. If your understanding of arthritis is limited, you could brush up on your basics; if you have a decent understanding, you may want to know some of the latest breakthroughs in arthritis research.

    A few great places to start:

    Get Involved

    You can help organizations that are dedicated to helping further arthritis research and treatment. By donating, volunteering, or fundraising, you can help further medical research and support the millions of Americans living with arthritis today.

    The Arthritis Foundation has a whole host of events and volunteer opportunities, and you can search them by your area to find the ones happening near you. There are walks, runs, biking events, dinners and galas – you can even advocate to help fight for arthritis issues with lawmakers at the state and federal level!

    The National Arthritis Research Foundation also has several opportunities to get involved.

    And, if donations are more your speed, most research and advocacy groups will be happy to accept your generosity.

    Talk to Other Arthritis Sufferers

    If you have arthritis, sometimes nothing is better therapy than talking about it with other people who are having similar experiences. There are plenty of local network groups out there, and even online support groups.

    If you don’t have arthritis, but want to know more firsthand, talking to a friend or loved one who has experienced it personally (and who doesn’t mind sharing details) is a great educational resource.

    Start an Exercise Program (and Invite Your Friends!)

    You can’t always control the symptoms of your arthritis, but you can choose a lifestyle that will ease those symptoms. Old fashioned physical activity is one of the best ways to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life. Exercise can also help boost your mood and lose weight.

    Depending on your current level of activity, there are a number of different ways to get started – but simple walking and muscle strengthening activities are great for the uninitiated. To start, check out some of these fitness programs for people with arthritis.

    Speak to Your Doctor

    If you currently experience arthritis, you should have a regular doctor you can rely upon to discuss concerns such as pain management and treatment, as well as living with and managing your disease. A medical professional that can provide regular guidance is very important for people with arthritis.

    If you don’t have arthritis, but want to know how you can reduce your risk of developing a condition, your general practitioner should be able to point you in the right direction.

    In Closing

    However you choose to spend National Arthritis Awareness Month, we urge you to take a step that improves your own lifestyle or helps improve the lives of others. Together, we can move toward better treatments, better arthritis management, and ultimately a cure.

     

    Sources

    http://www.arthritis.org/

    http://www.cdc.gov/


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  • How Hot and Cold Therapy Treats Pain and Injuries

    Posted on May 13, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Hot and cold therapy can provide nearly instant relief to discomfort and problems caused by pain and injury. While hot and cold therapy has no miraculous healing power, it does provide relief to pain and discomfort, helping us move on from injuries and recuperate or recover more comfortably.

    By doing so, ice and heat packs provide pain management and regenerative benefits that can help you keep moving!

    Which form of therapy you use depends primarily on the nature of your issue.

    Cold Therapy

    Cold therapy – for instance, using cold packs or ice – is best for recent injuries that have caused pain, swelling, or inflammation. If you have just pulled a muscle or injured yourself, the body rapidly responds by becoming inflamed, which causes pain, redness, and swelling. This is a natural response to injury. The pain is a direct result of the swelling in your injured area.

    Other forms of pain cold therapy can treat are arthritic joint pain accompanied with swelling, headaches, and soreness after workouts.

    By applying ice or cold packs to the affected area, you numb the pain and narrow the blood vessels, thereby slowing blood flow and reducing fluid buildup. This results in two benefits: less pain and less swelling.

    Cold therapy should only be a temporary treatment for a new issue. You should not apply cold therapy to chronic neck and back pain injuries or stiff and inflexible joints as this can actually make the issues worse.

    Hot Therapy

    Hot therapy is appropriate for treating persistent, recurring pain and for injuries that are older than a day. Recurring muscle pain, neck and back pain, stress, and older injuries can all be treated by hot therapy. Arthritic pain that causes stiffness and soreness, cramping, and tight backs are all examples of the type of pain best treated by hot therapy.

    Heat therapy works by relaxing your muscles. It stimulates, rather than slows, blood flow, reduces muscle spasms, and soothes muscles, allowing a better range of motion. This is why hot packs are appropriate for stiffness and soreness.

    You should not apply heat therapy to inflamed or swollen areas, as the heat can increase blood flow and actually worsen the swelling.

    Conclusion:

    To sum it up, a good rule of thumb is to use cold therapy to treat recent injuries where you are experiencing inflammation or sudden pain. Use hot therapy to relieve chronic pain, stiffness or soreness, or older injuries that are no longer inflamed.

    To provide both forms of therapy, our CorPaks can be cooled in the freezer or warmed in the microwave, and applied directly and comfortably to the affected body area. By knowing the right type of therapy to use, you can better treat your pain, swelling, or soreness the next time you need quick relief.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/arthritis/heat-and-cold-therapy.aspx

    http://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-pain/treating-pain-with-heat-and-cold#Cold3

    https://www.painscience.com/articles/ice-heat-confusion.php


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  • How Pillows Promote Proper Sleeping Positions

    Posted on April 28, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    As we’ve noted before, the position in which you sleep can have a dramatic effect on your sleep quality and whether you get a good night’s rest. Your sleep position also affects many other areas of your health, including your spine, neck, and posture.

    Poor sleeping positions can lead to stiff necks, spinal problems, and even chronic conditions over time. What’s more, chronic poor sleeping patterns can lead to irritability, increased stress, a decreased immune system, and other complications.

    Primarily, the recommended sleep positions are on your back and on your side. Sleeping on your back is good for your spine and neck but can contribute to snoring. Sleeping on your side supports the spine and can alleviate snoring. The downside is that side sleeping can contribute to heartburn and pressure on your organs.

    Whether you’re a back or side sleeper, our line of cervical pillows are designed to encourage healthy sleeping positions, providing you a good night’s rest, reducing pain and soreness, and otherwise diminishing the stress and discomfort in your daily life that is caused by a lack of proper sleep.

    So how exactly do pillows help us sleep properly? There are a few ways:

    Support Pillows

    Our support pillows - like the Tri-Core Cervical Pillow – enforce good sleeping positions by providing firm, reliable support to your neck and back. They are correctional in nature – meaning they help correct posture that can cause headaches, neck and joint strains, and other forms of spinal pain. They also help the sleeper maintain proper sleeping posture and prevent the recurrence of pain or poor sleeping positions.

    When you sleep on your back, support pillows are there to provide relief to your muscles and neck and lending support so that your body doesn’t have to do all the work. As a result, your muscles get their needed rest and your spine is properly aligned.

    If you sleep on your side, support pillows fill in the gap that is normally created between your chin and your shoulder and properly aligns your spine.

    Our pillows have both a depressed center for back sleepers and raised sides for side sleepers, and so you’re always covered even if you shift between both positions.

    Accommodation Pillows

    Accommodation pillows provide a different service. Those with long term conditions or recent injuries should try accommodation pillows, as they conform to the cervical condition of the sleeper.

    These pillows provide support less aggressively than support pillows, and generally work for pain relief or sleepers who do not need posture correction. The sleeper can get a good night’s sleep no matter their condition because pain is lessened through the contour of the pillow.

    Support AND Accommodation

    For sleepers that need both support and accommodation, the Core Deluxe Water Pillow satisfies both needs. The pillow can be used standalone, but also contains a water bladder that can be used for adjustable support or inserted into the pillow to provide additional neck support for the best of both worlds.

    Conclusion

    Pillows are personal, and they must be chosen with your specific needs in mind. However, the difference they can make for your sleep quality and sleeping position is tremendous. If you still need help picking the right pillow, feel free to give us a call!


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  • How to Choose the Right Pillow - Foam vs. Fiber

    Posted on April 15, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Anyone who’s slept on both a high quality pillow and a low quality pillow knows the difference a well-made pillow makes for a good night’s rest. Good pillows provide comfort that enhances relaxation and sleep, but also provide the right level of support and alignment to keep your neck mobile and pain-free during your waking hours.

    Memory foam and fiber pillows are highly regarded for their comfort and support – much more so than cotton, wool, and other materials. So how do you choose which is right for you?

    The differences depend on how you sleep and what sort of pros and cons you want from your pillow.

    Foam Pillows

    Foam pillows are currently very popular for a number of reasons. Memory foam pillows are firm but contour to the shape of your body, and even adjust as you shift or move during sleep. For these reasons, foam pillows are popular with people who have neck and back problems.

    On the downside, foam pillows retain heat, and if you tend to get hot as you sleep, these pillows can exacerbate the problem and make you sweat. Foam pillows also sometimes need a brief “adjustment” period as you wear them in. In addition, memory foam pillows may release gases and a chemical-like odor initially – this is nothing to worry about and it will stop after some time.

    Fiber Pillows

    High quality fiber pillows are also very supportive, and were designed to emulate down pillows. Known for being extremely comfortable, fiber pillows are resilient, providing consistent support levels across the entire pillow. Fiber pillows tend to sleep cooler than memory foam, as they don’t retain as much heat.

    Fiber pillows don’t contour to your body like memory foam pillows, and also generally offer more support.

    Picking the Right Pillow

    When picking out your pillow, you should go by more than price. Bargain hunting is fine, but if you end up with a poorly made pillow, you’ll quickly wish you had sprung a little more for a better night’s sleep.

    If you can, try out the pillow in the store. Ordering online is convenient, but you won’t have a solid idea of what the pillow actually feels like until it arrives.

    Also, consider your specific sleeping position. If you sleep on your stomach (which we don’t necessarily recommend) you don’t need much more than a flat, soft pillow. If you sleep on your back, medium thickness and support will suffice. If you sleep on your side, you will want a thicker, and possibly firmer pillow to support your neck.

    Of course, for people with neck and back issues, there are additional considerations based on their specific symptoms. In this case, you can consult a health professional to see what sort of pillows they may be able to recommend. And, if you’re looking for advice from product experts, you can always give us a call at Core Products – where we’re always happy to talk shop when it comes to pillows!


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  • How to Prepare for Back Surgery: Five Tips

    Posted on April 7, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    If you have an upcoming spinal surgery or any other form of back surgery, you may be very nervous about the procedure. Just as important is the period of recovery thereafter, during which your mobility may be limited for weeks or even months. In order to improve the likelihood of a successful surgery and a successful recuperation, you will need to make sure you’ve covered your bases with all the necessary preparations.

    Follow these steps to prepare yourself for a successful back surgery and recovery process.

    Live a Healthy Lifestyle

    The better shape your body is in prior to back surgery, the easier your body will handle surgery. By reducing unhealthy behaviors and replacing them with healthy ones, you will be able to better prepare yourself for recovery.

    Physical exercise, a good diet, and quitting smoking can all go a long way toward setting your body up for a successful recovery. Because excess weight can put undue stress on a body, it’s recommended that you try to shed some pounds if you’re overweight, as well (without resorting to crash diets that deprive you of needed nutrients).

    Pre-Surgery Prep

    Prior to your surgery, you’ll likely be given a checklist by your doctor to complete. If you take certain medications – such as blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medicine – you may have to stop those medications prior to surgery. You’ll also want to plan your anesthesia and surgery options with your doctor.

    Your doctor may recommend you donate your own blood to be available during the day of surgery. If your surgery results in excessive blood loss, that blood will then be ready for use. Finally, make arrangements with a friend or loved one to be available to help you out as you recover in the hospital, and take you home when you’re ready.

    Proof Your Home

    Depending on the severity of your surgery and your reaction, you may be in the hospital for a period of time to recuperate post-surgery. Once you’re ready, you’ll be able to leave and spend your recovery time at home.

    It’s a good idea to “recover-proof” your home prior to your surgery. You will possibly have difficulty bending at the waist and reaching high shelves. You should place your necessities – such as cooking supplies or toiletries – within reach. A good pair of slip-on shoes will prevent you needing to bend to tie your laces. Stocking your freezer with prepped meals will also help you save time and effort in the kitchen without resorting to too much delivery and junk food.

    If your bedroom is upstairs in your home, you may want to consider temporarily sleeping downstairs floor until you can comfortably and safely climb stairs.

    Prepare Mentally

    Recovering from back surgery can be a long process. Make sure you’re mentally prepared and completely understand the implications for your health and lifestyle. As you recover, you may be required or encouraged to undergo physical therapy or set personal goals – for instance, walking a greater distance each day.

    It’s important to prepare yourself for difficulty, pain, and adversity, especially in the first days and weeks after your surgery. Be sure to talk to your doctor so you fully understand what your recovery process will be like – and mentally prepare yourself for that process!

    Personal and Professional Relationships

    If your back surgery may put you out of commission for a few weeks, make sure others understand what you’re going through. For a particularly tough recovery, your workplace will need to be aware of the potential for extended sick leave or the option to work from home. Your friends and family will want to know how you’re doing – both because they care about your well-being, and because they may wish to offer support.

    Finally, you may need help adjusting and recovering – so make sure you have a network of people that can help you as you get back on your feet.

    Conclusion

    With these tips you can increase the chances of a smooth surgery and recovery process. When you’re on the mend, you’ll be glad you took the time to properly prepare for your procedure. Don’t neglect talking over the needed preparations you will need to make with your doctors and health professionals, as they will be able to give you custom recommendations based on your specific situation. With any luck and a lot of work, you will be back to normal in a relatively short period. 

    Sources

    http://www.ivanchengmd.com/preparing-for-surgery.php

    http://www.rothmaninstitute.com/landing/tips-before-and-after-preparation-for-spinal-surgery

    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/preparation-back-surgery

    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/cognitive-techniques-prepare-back-surgery


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  • Why Does My Neck Hurt? Types of Neck Pain and Their Causes

    Posted on March 27, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Neck pain comes in all kinds of varieties - like ice cream, but less fun. Unless you were recently karate chopped, it can be difficult to determine the source of your discomfort. Whether your pain is recurring or has just cropped up, knowing the cause can be a crucial piece of knowledge when determining how to deal with it.

    When determining the severity and treatment options for your pain, it can help to determine the nature of your pain and search for the root cause. Here, we break down the different types of neck pain you can experience, and what could be the contributing cause.

    If you find your symptom here listed next to a serious condition, please remember: this is a general guide to possible root causes of neck pain. If you’re experiencing serous neck pain, you should always see your doctor to diagnose the problem.

    Types of Neck Pain:

    While it’s impossible to diagnose the nature of your neck pain over the Internet, we can provide a rundown of the common causes based on your type of pain:

    Neck Pain that spreads down the Arm: Neck pain that continues down your arms – even going so far as to reach your hands – can be caused by a pinched nerve in your neck or a herniated disk. The pain may include numbness or tingling in your arms or hands. Luckily, this pain is entirely curable if properly treated with medication, physical therapy, or other techniques.

    Another potential cause of this type of pain – especially if accompanied by a lack of coordination in your limbs – is cervical stenosis with myelopathy, which typically occurs in older people and may require surgery.

    General Stiffness and Soreness: The most common type of neck pain (and the hardest to determine the cause) is neck pain that includes general stiffness and soreness. This pain is (usually) not sharp or as severe as the pain an injury would cause. If the cause is a sprain or strain, potentially due from sleeping position, poor posture or “tech neck,” the condition can be resolved by taking it easy on your neck and practicing better habits.

    Sharp Pain: Acute sharp pain can be caused due to an injury or whiplash (such as from a car accident). Minor injuries tend to heal with time, but sharp pain, especially after a car accident or other injury, should be checked by a doctor.

    Difficulty Turning the Head: Sometimes the neck can become twisted to one side, and it becomes difficult and painful to turn the neck to a “straightforward” position. Known as torticollis, this symptom is typically caused by minor injury or bad sleeping posture, but also can occur due to abnormal muscle movements known as cervical dystonia.

    Conclusion:

    The grand majority of stiff necks or aches and pains are minor in nature and will heal on their own. By practicing good posture and sleeping position, stretching, and living a healthy lifestyle, you can usually avoid severe neck pain. However, if your neck pain is getting progressively worse, is accompanied by other symptoms, or is severe, you should see your doctor immediately to determine the cause and begin treatment.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/chronic-neck-pain-what-condition-causing-my-neck-pain

    http://patient.info/health/nonspecific-neck-pain


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  • Massage Therapy vs. the Chiropractor - Which is Right for You?

    Posted on March 18, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    There are many different forms of therapy and treatment for pain – including pain management, alternative treatment, and specialist care. When a specific part of your body starts hurting you’ll want to pick the treatment that’s right for you – and if you want a natural approach to pain relief, you’re likely considering massage therapy or visits to a chiropractor.

    While both practices can provide healing and pain relief to the body, their approaches are different and the pain they treat can be different, too. Read on to learn what each treatment is for, and which you may want to use for your specific physical circumstances.

    Massage Therapy

    Massage therapists are licensed professionals who have typically completed hundreds of hours of training and education (requirements vary from state to state). A massage therapist’s area of focus is solely the muscles. Muscle soreness, spasms, and muscle tension are conditions that are served by massage therapists.

    Massage therapists are not licensed to work directly on the spine, prescribe drugs, or diagnose medical conditions. However, massage therapy can help spinal health, as soft tissue massage can treat spinal alignment and lower back pain.

    If your issue is mainly muscular in nature – and a good doctor can help you determine if this is the case – a massage therapist may be the way to go. The benefits of massage therapy are varied, but include: relaxation, reduced soreness or muscle tension, aiding blood flow, and reducing anxiety.

    Chiropractor

    Chiropractors are fully licensed medical doctors who have completed a doctorate program in chiropractic care. They can perform many procedures massage therapists cannot, and can treat joints, perform spinal adjustments, make medical diagnoses and prescribe medication.

    Chiropractors can also refer you to other specialists and order x-rays, blood work, or other diagnostic procedures to help get to the root of patient conditions.

    You should consult a chiropractor if your issue is more of a serious condition – or if you need help diagnosing your condition. A chiropractor can help figure out the nature of your condition, and can treat your spine and joints if necessary. They also can refer you to a massage therapist if they believe this treatment could be beneficial.

    Choosing the Right Professional

    Generally, you should seek a massage therapist if your pain and soreness is more superficial in nature and concerns your muscles. You should seek a chiropractor if your issue is deeper – concerning your spine, joints, or other aspects of your musculoskeletal system.

    If you’re not sure of the nature of your condition, you may wish to consult your regular doctor if you’re suffering from aches and pains – they may be able to direct you to the right treatment.

    In fact, you may even end up seeing both – chiropractors often recommend massage therapy as part of ongoing treatment for aches and pains or spinal alignment issues. No matter what professional you end up seeing, taking steps to find the right treatment can make a world of difference for the well-being of your body and mind.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.100percentchiropractic.com/the-difference-between-chiropractic-and-massage-therapy/

    http://blog.integracareclinics.com/blog/when-you-need-a-chiropractor-vs.-when-you-need-a-massage


    This post was posted in Company, Education

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