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  • How to Extend the Life Expectancy of Your Mattress

    Posted on September 14, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

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

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

    Use a Mattress Protector

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

    Clean Your Bedding and Mattress

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

    Flip and/or Rotate Your Mattress

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

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

    Provide Proper Support

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

    Conclusion

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


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  • Back to School: Helping Your Kids Avoid Sports Injuries

    Posted on August 30, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Now that school is back in session, parents with young athletes are gearing up for sports season. Extracurricular sports are a valuable activity: they teach kids the value of teamwork, discipline and how to use their bodies to achieve a goal. But with these rewards come risk – over 3.5 million children under 14 are injured playing sports annually.

    There are too many variables at play to completely shield your kids from sports injuries. But you can help them reduce the likelihood of injury and stay safe while having fun out in the field. Check out these tips to get started:

    Get them Checked Pre-Season

    You should take your young athlete to the physician for a physical evaluation prior to the season. In fact, many school-sponsored sports programs require this as a prerequisite for your child’s participation. Even if they don’t, it’s a good idea regardless. In some cases, your child’s regular physician can perform the evaluation. In others, the physician may recommend a specialist. An evaluation can clear your child for the sports season or identify any issues that need to be treated or monitored carefully during the school year.

    Get the Right Equipment

    Make sure you send your child to practice with the right equipment. If your child is re-using equipment from the previous year, double check everything to make sure it’s in good shape – you don’t want helmets, pads or other gear with too much wear and tear. The right footwear is a sound investment, as well – many sports require specific footwear and sending them to practice with basic running shoes won’t suffice.

    Finally, a water bottle is key as hydration is essential!

    Evaluate the Sports Programs

    Do your research on the sports program, team and coaches. If you can, talk to the coaches about their methods and how they work with players. Talk to the other parents as well – no one can give a better impression than the parents who are already involved. Attend practices and games yourself to see what your kids are experiencing in action.

    Finally, ask your kids how they’re doing and what they think about their programs. If something doesn’t feel right – for instance, an abnormal amount of injuries during practice - you may want to investigate what’s going on.

    Emphasize the Importance of Warmup and Recovery

    Stretching and warming up before strenuous activity is essential to athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury. Rest and recovery is just as important – your child’s muscles need to repair and recuperate after an intense workout, practice or game. Make sure to emphasize this with your child – kids sometimes tend to feel invincible and believe they can hop in and out of intense physical activity without issue.

    This can be especially risky when jumping back into a sport after a summer of relative inactivity. Make sure both your child and the coaches understand the importance of pre and post workout routines.

    In Closing

    Sports deliver many benefits to young people, including friendship, teamwork skills and confidence. But the threat of injury is real. Make sure your child is protected before they suit up and head out to practice. You can’t protect your child 100% of the time, but you can make sure they’re taking the right precautions and participating in activities that are fun and as safe as possible.


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  • Tips for Encouraging Activity with Kids who Aren’t Athletic

    Posted on August 22, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    encouraging-activityThe modern childhood – with the temptations of video games, the online world, and indoor creature comforts – can be all too accommodating to kids who are disinterested in team sports or athletics. Add in shrinking recess times and large homework loads and you have increased demands to spend time indoors and a decreased demand for outdoors exercise.

    As you probably know, exercise is crucial for your child’s health, and childhood obesity rates are at an alarming level. But for children who aren’t into competitive sports or other outlets for physical activity, it can be difficult to motivate them to get their heart rate up and burn some calories.

    Here are a few tips to encourage your non-athletes to get more physical exercise:

    Choose Alternatives to Team Sports

    Some kids just aren’t into team sports – they may not be competitive or team-oriented. For those kids, activities that can be done alone or with friends in a non-competitive setting is preferable. Hiking, swimming, or rock climbing are great examples, but it all depends on what you have available in your area and your child’s preferences.

    Try to participate with your child as much as possible. It may take some trial and error before they find an activity that is a great fit.

    Limit Screen Access

    One of the greatest drains to child activity in is the time they spend in front of a screen. On average, kids can spend anywhere from two to six hours in front of a screen every day: this counts television, tablets, computers, and video games. Too much screen time takes away from opportunities to exercise and also becomes extremely habit-forming.

    Limiting screen time can help kids get motivated to exercise. If kids can’t entertain themselves through passive entertainment, they’re more likely to find alternatives to occupy their time.

    A few techniques that can help you do this: keep televisions and PCs out of your kids’ bedrooms. Keep the computer in a mutual family space that can be supervised. And use a timer to track screen time.

    Gamify the Experience

    Kids today understand video game logic – and you can encourage exercise by applying that logic to the real world. Video games tend to reward players by completing tasks in game, helping make their characters more powerful or giving them new abilities.

    If you’ve ever made a chore chart for your kids (with rewards, stickers, or points as motivation) you’re already familiar with the concept: giving your kids incentive to complete activities by giving them a way to track progress and reward themselves.

    The details on how to do this are up to you, but all you really need is a system for rewarding exercise:

    • Fitness apps track activity and even provide rewards or point-based systems to completing tasks. If the whole family gets them, you can engage in friendly competitions or challenges to see who can be the most active. One of our favorites – Zombies, Run! – uses headphones and an app to motivate users to outrun zombies, rewarding players with virtual supplies to build up a base in game.
    • Instead of fitness apps, you can use an analog approach and have an exercise chart on the wall – logging your child’s exercise. A certain amount of points can result in a treat such as a trip to the movies.

    Feel free to get creative. Games are a great way to motivate kids and adults to have fun while taking fitness seriously.

    Lead by Example

    It’s difficult to make your kids see the value of exercise when you’re splayed on the couch watching Netflix all night long. If you can’t make time away from the screen to exercise, your kids will likely follow in your footsteps. And wanting them to be more active is a perfect opportunity for you to practice what you preach. You can start by participating in activities with your kids – playing catch, gong for a walk, visiting a museum or park – and extend that to times when you’re on your own, as well. Your kids will take notice of your behavior, even if they don’t come out and say it.

    In Closing

    Team sports are a great way for kids to introduce themselves to fitness and physical activity, but they aren’t for everyone. Luckily, there are so many alternatives that fit a variety of personalities. By limiting screen time, incentivizing exercise, and leading by example, you can help your child develop a love of exercise that will benefit them for their entire lives.


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  • Tips for Staying Active at a Desk Job

    Posted on August 16, 2016 by Core Products

    desk-jobBy Brian Acton

    Staying healthy and active is difficult in the modern era of the desk job. For those of us who perform most of our work in front of computers, it’s difficult to get out of our chairs and get the circulation going. But if we don’t make an effort to fight the negative health affects of a desk job, we may end up paying for it in a big way.

    Health professionals have begun referring to long periods of inactivity and their results on our health as “sitting disease. “ But instead of one condition, research has linked extended periods of sedentary activity with a wide variety of negative affects and harmful conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

    While this information isn’t necessarily new, more recent studies has suggested that even people who exercise and eat right on a regular basis are still at far higher risk for health problems if they sit for long periods of the day.

    For those of us who spend 40+ hours of work sitting down, all is not lost. Here are a few ways you can counteract the desk job and its health risks.

    Break Up Periods of Sitting with Light Activity

    You don’t have to eliminate the chair from your daily routine. Instead, you can focus more on mixing in activity throughout the day. Getting out of your chair every so often to walk, stretch, or perform any other moderate activity will help fight the affects of extensive sitting.

    The key is to do it regularly – you could set a reminder to ping you each hour and remind you to out of your chair for a few minutes. Many fitness bands, phone apps, and even desktop calendars can easily be set to remind you periodically to get moving.

    You could even schedule walking meetings – instead of sitting in a conference room, take your team on a walk around the block while you talk out a problem.

    Even standing periodically can help - during meetings or phone calls, you always have the option to stand – especially if you have a hands-free headset.

    Standing Desks

    For those hours logged in front of the computer, an adjustable standing desk is a great option. Rolling this solution out office-wide may require cooperation from coworkers and management. But a recent study found that 67% of office workers wished they had adjustable desks, and over half believed they would be more productive if they had the option to stand and work. Which is to say you may not have trouble finding some likeminded coworkers to team up and make a strong case for adjustable desks that can be moved from a sitting to a standing position.

    For management, purchasing adjustable desks for everyone may be a sizeable investment. But the returns on employee health could be compelling – standing more during the day builds muscle, helps posture, increases blood flow, and burns calories.

    Take the Stairs

    If you typically take the elevator, you may want to take the stairs instead – climbing 3 to 5 flights of stairs a day in lieu of the elevator burns calories in a big way – there’s a reason you see so many people on Stairmasters or elliptical machines at the gym. If you work on the 20th floor and can’t start your day with that kind of climb, you could always take the elevator to the 15th floor and start from there.

    Sit on a Balance Ball

    You’ve probably seen office workers sitting on a fitness or balance ball instead of a chair. While they are a bit silly looking, they’re doing wonders for core health as they keep your core muscles engaged all day. They’re also great for posture.

    Conclusion

    It doesn’t necessarily matter what you’re doing to fight long periods of inactivity at your desk – as long as you’re doing something. If you already hit the gym and exercise frequently, it may be disheartening to learn that regular workouts don’t counteract your desk job inactivity that much, but that isn’t a reason to ditch the gym. Instead, work in regular, light activity – such as standing, walking, or stretching – periodically instead of staying glued to your chair. The long-term effects can be tremendous for your health.


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  • Four Common Osteoarthritis Myths

    Posted on July 26, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Arthritis affects millions of lives and comes in many different forms. There are over 50 different conditions that fall under the arthritis umbrella, with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis being the most common.

    Over 27 million Americans alone are affected by just osteoarthritis, so the chances are good that you know someone affected by arthritis, even if you don’t have it yourself. Common symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, tenderness and decreased mobility. The pain can worsen after activity and can be mild or severe.

    But despite the prevalence of osteoarthritis, there are still many public misconceptions surrounding it. Read on to find some of the most common myths about osteoarthritis and uncover the facts.

    Arthritis Only Affects the Elderly

     First, osteoarthritis is not an inevitable side effect of getting older. Although it’s one of the more common conditions affecting older people, osteoarthritis is not a foregone conclusion. More than half of people over the age of 65 don’t have arthritis!

    In fact, young people can get osteoarthritis too – even people under 30 years old. While joint wear and tear can cause osteoarthritis in older people, generally there is an identifiable reason for osteoarthritis in the young. For instance, injuries or physical overuse can lead to a younger person developing osteoarthritis.

    Cracking Joints Causes Osteoarthritis

    Cracking your knuckles and joints can be pretty pleasurable, even if others find it gross or annoying! But you’ve likely heard that this activity will lead to arthritis. If you’re a habitual knuckle cracker, you can rest easy. There is no conclusive evidence or research that has linked the two.

    In one notable case, doctor Donald Unger cracked the knuckles of only his left hand for sixty years, leaving his right hand alone. After sixty years, both hands were still healthy!

    Exercise Makes Arthritis Worse

    If you deal with regular joint pain, exercise might be your last priority. In fact, you may think your arthritis means you need to take it easy. But there are a number of reasons to keep regular exercise as part of your lifestyle.

    Being overweight can actually worsen your arthritis symptoms. Also, a lack of activity causes your joints to further weaken. To keep them strong and mobile, you need to keep using them. Low impact exercise like swimming, walking, or stretching can help keep your joints (comparatively) strong, healthy, and resistant to worsening arthritis pain.

    All Joint Pain is caused by Arthritis

    As we mentioned before, there are over 50 different types of arthritis, and joint pain could well be caused by one of them. But before you self-diagnose, you should realize that a painful joint does not automatically mean you have arthritis. You could have a tissue injury or one of many conditions that affect joints, including tendinitis or bursitis.

    If you’re experiencing joint pain, there are too many different possibilities for you to assume you have arthritis. In fact, what you have could be curable! Make an appointment with your doctor to find out what could be causing your trouble.

    In Conclusion

    Despite the common occurrence of osteoarthritis across the population, there are so many myths and mysteries surrounding it. If you or someone you know has arthritis, arming yourself with the facts will help demystify the condition. Luckily, through a combination of medical treatment, good physical habits, and products, arthritis is a condition that can be managed in a way that allows for a high quality of life.

     

    Sources:

     

    http://www.aol.co.uk/living/2016/07/19/arthritis-myths-facts-treatments-pain/

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/arthritis/joint-myths-facts.aspx

    http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/osteoarthritis-basics

    http://www.livescience.com/9729-knuckle-cracking-ig-nobel-prize.html


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  • Tips for Giving an Amateur Back Massage to your Partner

    Posted on July 14, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    There is a reason that people go to professional masseuses and massage therapists to work out their knots and stress points. Learning how to give a professional massage can take extensive training and years of experience. The fact is most of us aren’t naturals when it comes to giving back massages.

    But it’s not always practical for our partners to get professional massages. Time, money, and availability issues can all limit their ability to book a massage with the pros. Us amateurs may need a few tips on improving our massage skills to give our partners’ backs sweet relief. Make sure to try these next time you’re on massage duty.

    Positioning

    Oftentimes, amateur masseuses can tire out their hands and arms quickly because they’re in the wrong position. Rather than sitting next to your partner, have them sit on the floor or in a chair while you sit or stand behind and above them. This will allow them to adjust and stretch forward as you apply pressure using your body weight without tiring yourself out too quickly.

    Alternately, your partner can lie on their stomach, but this doesn’t allow as much opportunity for stretching.

    Start with Massage Oil

    Don’t neglect massage oil – in a pinch, lotion or other body lubricants will do just fine. Using oil will prevent friction and help your hands glide, rather than grind, across the back. Don’t just dump the oil on your massage subject’s back, however – that’s cold and uncomfortable. Instead, work it onto your hands before you begin. Make sure to apply more as needed.

    Be Firm But Gentle

    When giving a massage, it’s important to strike a balance between feather touch and crushing pressure. Depending on the reason for the massage, a little pain to work out tension might be good. But most of the time, firm pressure is enough. Try to feel the muscles beneath the skin move under your touch without making your partner flinch or cry for mercy.

    Technique

    Start with using your hands to position on each area of the back and rub circles with your thumbs alongside the spine (never apply pressure directly on the spine). If your partner is sitting, they can lean forward to stretch as you move down the back.

    Next, you can move into a kneading action. Don’t pinch or grab muscles. Instead, keep your fingers together and use your whole hands to apply pressure. Make sure to communicate with your partner to make sure you’re applying the right level of pressure.

    Use Tools

    Simple tools – such as the Omni Massage Roller – can be used in conjunction with lotions and massage oils, and makes deep tissue massage more comfortable for your partner. These are used by professional massage therapists, but are great for home use as well.

    Conclusion

    Chances are, your first massage won’t be perfect. But through practice, using good massage techniques, and most of all communication with your partner, you can become adept at giving amateur massages. Your partner will thank you as you help them relax while relieving muscle tightness or pain in their back.


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  • Tips to Stay Active in the Summertime Heat

    Posted on June 28, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Summer is a great time of year for exercise and activity. Not only is the weather warm enough to get outside, there are far more activities to choose from. Whether you’re into team sports, swimming, hiking, running or biking, summer offers plenty of options. What’s more, you can usually find some friends to join you on your favorite activities.

    One of the biggest safety factors to consider, however, is the effect that the summer sun and heat can have when you’re engaged in some strenuous activity. Here’s how to take precautions in the summer heat while getting out there and enjoying the sunshine.

    Stay Hydrated

    You must drink enough water to prevent dehydration, which can cause dizziness, nausea, or in extreme cases kidney failure. When venturing out, carry water with you to rehydrate yourself as you exercise. If you’re performing an activity where you need your hands – biking, for instance – find a way to take water, such as a water bottle attachment for your bike.

    Drink water before, during, and after activity. There’s no need to overdo it – which can cause it’s own set of problems – but regular hydration will keep your body functioning properly in the heat.

    Choose the Right Time and Location

    The worst span of time to plan outdoor activities in hot weather is from late morning into the afternoon, when the sun is in full force. Try to plan activities early in the morning – between sunrise and 10AM – or later in the evening after 6PM.

    Of course, any activity that keeps you in the shade, such as hiking a trail lined with tall trees, will help keep you from baking in the sun.

    Protect Your Skin

    Light, loose clothing protects you from the sun. Dark clothing usually absorbs heat over time, while white clothing and neutral colors reflect sunrays. Loose fitting clothes made of natural materials work well, and there are clothing items that wick moisture from your body, cooling you off.

    Of course, wearing sunscreen is a must, especially for the fair-skinned.

    Watersports

    Watersports ease the heat. A pool, waterpark, or the local beach will offer the ability to exercise while staying cool. While at home, even a kiddie pool or the sprinkler can help cool the family off.

    Whether you’re drinking it or playing in it, water makes any outdoor summer activity more pleasant.

    Exercise Indoors

    Sure, this tip doesn’t give you the ability to enjoy the sun. But on brutally hot summer days, it can be wiser to keep out of the heat altogether. A gym membership gives you unlimited potential for exercise out of the sun and in an air-conditioned climate. Health clubs, roller rinks, and even walks at the mall can help you keep active without the sun beating down on you.

    If you prefer to stay at home, exercise DVDs or a treadmill can keep you active from the comfort of home.

    Conclusion

    When the heat rises, a little planning and preparation can keep your outdoor activities both fun and safe. If you’re looking to get back into activity this summer after an injury, check out our line of athletic and extremity supports – they can help you get back out there while providing support to your problem area.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/quick_tips_staying_active_in_hot_weather-health/article_em.htm

    http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/8-tips-for-exercising-in-summer-heat


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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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