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  • Product Spotlight: Performance Wrap™ Knee Support

    Posted on March 24, 2017 by Core Products

    kne6440-env-male-17-0228By Brian Acton

    In this week’s Product Spotlight, we’re focusing on the Performance Wrap Knee Support, designed to help provide knee stability and support for knee problems.

    While there are many knee supports on the market, the materials and design of the Performance Wrap Knee Support make it a unique product that’s suitable for both everyday use and strenuous athletic activity, even water sports.

    Can the Performance Wrap Knee help you tackle your knee issues and keep you on top of your game? Read on to find out.

    Why Should I Use It?

    Your knee is made up of many important structures, any of which can be injured. In fact, injuries often involve more than one component of the structural building blocks within the knee.

    Pain and swelling are the most common signs of knee injury. In addition, the knee may “catch” or “lock up.”  Many knee injuries can also cause instability, a feeling that the knee is giving way1, or unable to support the body, especially on uneven surfaces.

    Patellar tracking disorder, a condition in which the kneecap moves out of place as the leg bends and straightens, can cause severe pain and swelling, and may even cause the knee to lose stability. Overweight and athletic people are particularly susceptible to this condition.

    The Performance Wrap Knee supplements weakened structures of the knee and can assist with patellar tracking, helping improve stability and increase comfort.

    What’s Special About It?

    Originally designed by a professional surfer suffering from knee instability, the Performance Wrap Knee Support is designed to stay in place during sustained exposure to water. The neoprene material in the inner section of the knee support features a smooth surface which conforms to the knee and hugs your skin snugly even when soaking wet. This makes it perfect for water sports, triathletes switching between wet and dry events, or any activity that causes perspiration.

    The wraparound design is easy to put on and adjust, with no need to remove shoes. In addition, users won’t have to slide the support over a sore knee, as with a sleeve design.

    Finally, the popliteal cutout in the back (an open space for the back of the knee) is cool, comfortable, and eliminates painful bunching and pinching of the support at the back of the knee.

    How Does it Work?

    With any knee injury, swelling will usually vary and the proper fit of a support may change several times throughout any day. The one size fits most, wrap around design of this support fits snugly above and below the knee and can be easily adjusted to accommodate for an increase or decrease in swelling.

    The unique, Crisscross Tensioning System is easily adjusted to provide support which enhances patellar tracking, improves stability, and provides compression for support.

    The Performance Wrap enables people to get back to doing the things they love: running, jumping, swimming, and otherwise engaging in any activity that requires healthy knee mobility.

    The Core Products Advantage

    The Performance Wrap Knee Support provides support for many knee issues, and is an excellent choice for many athletic activities. We’re confident in its ability to provide relief and reliable support, and we back it up with a one year warranty and a 90 day satisfaction guarantee.

    Do you want to find the right product for your specific knee issues? You can always drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help!

     

    1American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) “Common Knee Injuries” OrthoInfo 2014 http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00325 Accessed 14Mar 2017


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  • Product Spotlight: The Bed Wedge

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Picture1The Core Products Bed Wedge is a versatile, comfortable, inclined positioning support pillow that provides solutions for people with various sleeping needs. The Bed Wedge can help alleviate pain, reduce the occurrence of symptoms, or simply help people relax as they unwind at the end of a long day.

    No matter how you use the Bed Wedge, it’s designed with maximum comfort in mind.

    How Can a Bed Wedge Help?

    Sixty percent of the adult population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a 12 month period and 20 to 30 percent will have weekly symptoms.1 For individuals suffering from GERD, elevating the head of the bed 4-6” is commonly recommended to help keep the contents of the stomach in place while laying down. The Bed Wedge allows you to elevate your head and upper torso without making adjustments to the bed.

    The Bed Wedge is also appropriate for helping alleviate symptoms caused by a variety of conditions such as hiatal hernia and back, neck, or shoulder pain. It may even help reduce snoring!

    The Bed Wedge is also perfect for every day relaxation, whether lying down to read, work on a laptop, or just watch television. The gentle incline supports excellent posture as you relax.

    How Does It Work?

    The Bed Wedge is a simple solution that can dramatically improve sleep. It’s simply a positioning support pillow that can elevate the head and upper torso to increase comfort while sleeping.

    The design of the Bed Wedge can also reduce pressure on the lower back, shoulders, or neck, placing the lumbar spine in mild flexion. Placing the body in this position may help to alleviate pain or numbness.

    Why the Core Products Bed Wedge?

    The Core Products Bed Wedge has a few key features that make it stand out from other inclined positioning support pillows. It comes in three different sizes for different body types or positioning needs. The unique hinged design allows it to be folded into a compact rectangle for easy portability and storage. It’s constructed from precision cut, high quality foam and covered in a plush gray fabric. It’s a well-built, attractive product to keep in the bedroom or any living area.

    The Bed Wedge is built with quality American craftsmanship. We’re confident enough in its quality to offer a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, and you can easily swap your purchase for a different product if you find your initial cushion is the incorrect size for your needs.

    Wondering which Bed Wedge is best for you? Feel free to contact us and we can help you choose the product that delivers the comfort you need.

     

    1Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Hospitalizations in 1998 and 2005 -  HCUP-US Home Page. Retrieved March 5, 2017, from: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb44.pdf


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  • Core Products Acquires Swede-O

    Posted on March 1, 2017 by Core Products

    AnklelokblkCore Products International, Inc., USA manufacturer of best quality, innovative braces, supports, orthopedic soft goods, and hot and cold therapy is excited to announce the acquisition of Swede-O, a leader in providing products designed to help prevent and rehabilitate ankle related injuries.

    Core Products (Osceola, Wisconsin) is excited to announce the acquisition of Swede-O (North Branch, Minnesota) effective March 1, 2017.

    Both Core Products and Swede-O are well known for manufacturing high quality, innovative orthopedic products. Core Products is well known in the alternative healthcare and home healthcare markets while Swede-O has been a leader in the athletic, rehabilitation and podiatry markets.

    Core’s President and Founder, Philip Mattison, was recently quoted as saying “We have great respect for the quality and history of the Swede-O product line. Here at Core we are looking forward to leveraging our innovative capabilities, lean manufacturing processes, and marketing expertise to grow the Swede-O brand.”

    Early in their history, Swede-O realized everyone’s ankle and/or injury was not the same. That is why they developed different styles of ankle braces to suite almost any situation. They’ve recently expanded beyond the ankle, launching a new line of innovative products to fit most any part of the body. This philosophy aligns perfectly with Core’s Purpose, “Making YOUR Life More Comfortable!”

    Core Products will continue to operate Swede-O from the North Branch, MN location. Customers will place orders and request customer service through Swede-O at 800-525-9339 or Core’s main office at 800-365-3047, by email at info@swedeo.com, customerservice@coreproducts.com, or online at www.swedeo.com.


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  • Five Things to Avoid Before Bedtime

    Posted on December 13, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    things-to-avoid-bedtimeGetting a restful, rejuvenating sleep requires more than a reasonable bedtime. It can be just as important to properly set yourself up for a good night’s sleep. Our activities leading up to bedtime can actually have a profound effect on our quality of sleep. There are several activities that can actually hinder your ability to get a restful night of shuteye.

    Here are five things to avoid before bed if you want a healthy, refreshing night’s sleep:

    Alcohol

    Anyone who’s suffered a hangover already knows that too much alcohol will not help you feel rested and refreshed. But, since alcohol can help you doze off quickly, you might think a few drinks can help you get your rest.

    But alcohol can actually have the opposite effect. Drinking alcohol increases the likelihood of snoring. It also can increase the amount of times you need to wake up to use the bathroom. Finally, once the alcohol has metabolized in your system, you actually are more prone to fitful, restless sleep.

    Technology

    Our cell phones, tablets and other gadgets can dominate our waking lives, and it can become difficult to separate from them. But tech can hurt your chances for a good night’s sleep in a number of ways:

    • Sleep Cycle: the light produced by cell phones, laptops, and television screens has been shown to restrict the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.
    • Alertness: technology that keeps you engaged – like video games, or work emails – keeps your mind active and alert. This can make it harder to relax and fall asleep.
    • Wakeups: if you keep your television on or your phone on your nighstand, ambient noise or notifications can wake you up.

    You may want to avoid tech for at least a half hour before bed and turn off all phone notifications except your morning alarm. If you need to relax with some entertainment, try a (paper, not electronic) book.

    Large or Fatty Meals

    Eating a large, greasy, or fatty meal can disrupt your sleep. Your body best digests food while upright. When you’re lying down after a large meal, your body isn’t digesting food in the best way. You’re also working hard to digest your food, which can wake you up. Fatty foods especially tend to decrease the amount of REM sleep we get.

    Exercise

    Strenuous exercise should tire you out, right? Perhaps, but that doesn't mean you’re going to fall asleep immediately after a tough workout. Intense workouts raise our body temperature and heart rate, which can make it more difficult to fall or stay asleep. Avoid strenuous workouts less than a few hours before bed.

    Caffeine 

    Of course you know you shouldn’t drink an espresso right before hopping into bed. But caffeine can affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep much longer than you might think, up to six hours or more. That includes the caffeine found in coffee, tea, and chocolate. A good rule is to avoid caffeinated products like these a few hours before bed, and you may want to avoid coffee anytime after noon.

     

     

    Sources

    http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Reasons-You-Cant-Sleep-22496119#photo-22502340

    http://sleep.org/articles/ways-technology-affects-sleep/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3516339/Steer-clear-alcohol-avoid-late-night-exercise-sleep-experts-reveal-7-things-NEVER-bedtime.html

    http://www.businessinsider.com/7-things-you-shouldnt-do-before-bed-2016-4


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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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  • 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.

    Sources:

    http://www.moveforwardpt.com/resources/detail/soreness-vs-pain-whats-difference

    http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/trainer-qa-am-i-sore-or-injured

    http://www.reboundmd.com/latest-news/difference-between-soreness-and-pain/


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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.

    Conclusion

    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.

    Oil

    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

    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.

    Gel

    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.

    Lotion

    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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  • 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.

    Stretch

    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.

    Positioning

    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.

    Conclusion

    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.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/My-Back-Hurts-From-Spin-Class-16513325

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/31092-9-indoor-cycling-mistakes-youre-probably-making-and-how-to-fix-em

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw00OnNRHZg


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