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  • Hot Verses Cold Therapy- When to Use What

    Posted on October 5, 2015 by Core Products

    We’ve all heard someone say, “Put ice on it!” or “Use a hot water bottle for back pain!” But how do you determine when it’s appropriate to use heat therapy verses cold therapy? Here at Core Products, we’ve broken down the facts on when to use heat therapy and when to use cold therapy so you can stop playing the guessing game.

    We’ve eliminated the guessing with these specific tips for opting for heat verses cold therapy for injuries and pain.

    When to use cold:

    Cold therapy should be used mainly only to treat acute or new injuries, this includes traumatic incidents like falling or twisting a muscle, which are immediately painful. Cold therapy, such as our Vinyl Cold Pack Wipes, produce vasoconstriction- slowing circulation and reducing muscle pain. Injuries that include bleeding, inflammation, swelling and pain that needs to be controlled immediately, will experience relief with cold therapy. Cold therapy can be used to help relieve strains, sprains, headaches and other soft tissue injuries. Cold packs should be used for approximately 20 minutes at a time and reapplied every 1-3 hours. Following the first few days of cold therapy, you can begin to alternate between cold and heat to help increase blood flow to the affected area.

    When to use heat:

    Applying heat to pain or an injury helps to relax muscles by drawing blood to the targeted tissues. Heat therapy should be used for chronic injuries- those that are not suddenly onset. Warmth decreases muscle spasms, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain and can increase range of motion. Warmth can provide relief for chronic pain including arthritis. Heat should be applied for about 15-20 minutes to increase blood flow and can also be used prior to exercise to increase flexibility.

    The basic rules of thumb to remember are to use cold therapy for new injuries and heat therapy for chronic injuries and pain. Core Products offers a variety of options for both heat and cold therapy. We also offer moist heat therapy products- which many believe is more effective at warming tissues than dry heat.

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  • Working Parents Day

    Posted on September 14, 2015 by Core Products

    The days of a single income household are becoming more and more rare with most households having both parents carrying jobs outside the home. September 16th is Working Parents Day and we’d like to celebrate these parents with tips to keep you healthy and rested so you can enjoy every moment with their families at the end of the day.

    Stress is a common factor among working parents in the U.S. There is pressure put on both moms and dads to not only contribute to the household income by carrying full-time jobs but also maintain all of the other household and parenting responsibilities. For many, there is simply not enough time in the day and sleep often suffers. Whether you have too much to do to get a good nights’ sleep or you have insomnia while lying in bed thinking of all the responsibly looming over you, sleep is usually the first sacrifice. Many studies have stressed the importance of 7-8 hours of sleep per night for optimal health. Even though it may not seem that is possible- make every effort to get your rest. Being well-rested will reduce stress and also give you the energy you need to face the duties ahead.

    It’s also important to establish a set of priorities. Don’t sacrifice your family time by staying at work those extra hours. Leave the office on time and try to clear your mind of workplace stress before going home to your family. Your children can sense when you are stressed and it will likely leave them feeling stressed as well. Take time on the drive home to decompress- take some deep breaths and let the work day go so you can focus on family.

    Childcare is one of the most important factors in determining who will care for your child when you return to work. It’s stressful for parents to leave their child in the care of another. Before you commit do your research. Take tours of facilities you are considering and ask other families what their experiences have been. If you are taking your child to an in-home child care setting make sure you ask for references and call! Get to know those caring for your children and make sure they have adequate information about any health or allergy concerns.

    Keep these tips in mind from Core Products for success at work and at home!

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  • September is Baby Safety Month

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Core Products

    There aren’t many things as precious as newborn babies and their safety is surely a top priority for parents. Despite their cuteness, babies can cause stress especially for new parents. There are so many things to remember with babies like baby gates and baby proofing, but making sure babies are healthy and safe should be on top of the list. We’ve compiled some tips to help keep babies safe during Baby Safety Month.

    Sleeping. There are a ton of products on the market today that promise to help your baby sleep at night. BE CAREFUL- many of these products have been recalled or have proven not only to not help sleep but can also harm babies. To prevent injuries or something as serious as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) always read the latest information about any products you are considering and make sure they aren’t recalled. It may be best to forgo any of the misleading products and keep your baby safe in the crib without the gimmicks.

    Car Safety. From the time you leave the hospital with your newborn you realize how precious that cargo is! Having a federally approved car seat is essential and so is installing it correctly. Always read the safety instructions for your car seat and if you are concerned about installation, there are often programs through a local organization or police department that can assist with correct installation. Remember the back seat is the safest place for all children.

    Choking. The scariest times in parents’ lives may be when they suspect their child is choking. Choking is a real danger especially since young children like to put everything in their mouths. Make sure your child is playing with toys that are age-appropriate with no small pieces that can cause choking. Also, keep any chords or strings out of reach of your child to reduce the possibility of strangulation.

    Bathing Safety. Bathing a child can be a joyous and bonding time for both parents and baby- but there are several precautions that need to be taken to ensure a safe bath time. Always check that the temperature of the water is OK before submersing your child. It’s best if you can turn down your water heater so there is not a chance that an older child could turn on the hot water and get burned. Never leave your child unattended. Numerous trips are taken to the emergency room every year due to bathing-related injuries. Let the phone ring or don’t answer the door if it means leaving your baby unattended in the bath.

    Keeping babies safe can be overwhelming for even the most experienced parents. Keep these tips in mind and if you have any questions or concerns of what is appropriate for your child’s age turn to a trusted resource to help get your questions answered.

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  • 4 Body Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore

    Posted on September 6, 2015 by Core Products

    Aches and pains are sometimes a natural part of the aging process- but what pains should not be ignored? Many Americans avoid seeking medical attention until ailments have become severe and advanced. Here at Core Products we have come up with 4 ailments that should NOT be ignored.

    1.) Severe headache. If you are experiencing a headache that is uncommon for you or extremely painful seek medical attention immediately. Like with all of these ailments, there could be a simple cause but taking your chances by not seeking treatment can be life threatening. While a severe headache could be caused by something simple like a sinus headache it could also indicate a brain hemorrhage or brain tumor. If you are experiencing the worst headache of your life- go the ER immediately.

    2.) Pain in the chest, shoulder or arm. Chest pain can indicate many things but most importantly it could be a sign of a heart attack. Most people believe they will feel extreme pain when experiencing a heart attack- but it’s often just discomfort or heaviness in the chest. Don’t wait for the pain to get worse- seek medical attention right away. The sooner you get medical health the better chances you have of surviving even a severe heart attack.

    3.) Severe Abdominal Pain. Many serious medical ailments can be the cause of severe abdominal pain. Most likely severe abdominal pain can be attributed to a ruptured appendix or Gallbladder or pancreas problems. Don’t take the chance of your appendix rupturing- seek help right away.

    4.) Calf pain can often be linked to a muscle injury or a result of strenuous exercise, but when the pain cannot be linked to an injury calf pain should not be ignored. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is very serious and occurs when the veins in your legs prevent blood from flowing and clots form. When a clot breaks loose it could lead to an even called an embolism. Embolisms can travel through the body and block arteries in your brain or lungs.

    Listen to your body! If you are experiencing severe pain or any pain that is unusual enough to cause you concern, you should seek medical attention right away. You’ll save time and money (and maybe even your life!) if you address these concerns right away.

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  • Back to School Health Tips

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by Core Products

    It’s that time again, kids and college students alike are getting ready to head back to school. With that can come stressful nights’ sleep, heavy backpacks and stress. School can be challenging on its own so keeping yourself and your children as healthy as possible is key to a good start. There are some easy ways to make sure that when you step into the classroom you are ready for success!

    Good night’s sleep. Summer break can throw off sleeping schedules for school-aged children. In order to be as prepared as possible for the new year, a good night’s sleep is very important. In the weeks before school starts it’s a good idea to start getting kids back into their school year sleep routines. Establish a set bedtime and stick to it. You may find in the early weeks kids are exhausted and may need even more sleep than usual. Turn those TV’s off and put the Kindles down and make sure your kids are rested and ready for the day ahead.

    Back pain. Backpacks, uncomfortable desks and poor posture can all contribute to back pain. Having back pain can be a huge distraction when you are trying to focus on learning. Choosing a well-fitted backpack and having the right posture can help alleviate pain. And although it may not be an option to leave those heavy books at home, only carry what you have to. This will give your back a break. Sit up properly at your desk with your feet flat on the floor and shoulders back. Choosing the right sleeping pillow can help alleviate back pain as well.

    Stress. Most of us experience some form of stress when starting something new and that can have a big toll on your learning success. Kids that are prepared for the school year by getting acquainted with their classrooms and teachers usually experience less back-to-school stress. Talk with your children about any concerns they may have and make sure they know what to expect and they will surely start the school year off right!

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  • Strengthen Your Core

    Posted on August 30, 2015 by Core Products

    We know how imperative it is to work your core (it is in our name, after all).

    Core strength is an important aspect of being both healthy and fit. Our core muscles hold everything together and keep everything working in sync. It’s not just about washboard abs (although, that can be a nice perk).

    While your core includes those glamourous abdominal muscles and obliques it also includes your lower back and hips. All movement originates from all of these muscles. Running, walking, lifting your coffee mug – it all starts from your core.

    While looking good is a wonderful bonus, working your core is a fantastic and important way to take care of the body as you age. A stronger core increases a person’s stability and balance and also helps other muscles groups like hamstrings, glutes and pectorals.

    If you deal with any spinal issues or regular back pain focusing more on your core should be strongly considered. Focusing on this group of muscles will improve one’s posture while seated and standing as well.

    While it’s important to work your core by strengthening your abdominal muscles, don’t limit yourself to just simple crunches. Try using an exercise ball to introduce a little instability in your routine. Yoga and/or Pilates are both excellent options for increase whole-body strength and flexibility. Three other exercises to implement include: planks, Supermans, and bridges.

    Another way to support the core muscles is by wearing a brace or splint. Core Products offers a number of back support belts and braces to assist you with back pain and helping to strengthen those core muscles.

    Another option to use in conjunction with back strengthening and abdominal exercises include back-specific pillows, rolls, and cushions. Check out the wide range of back pillows here: http://www.coreproducts.com/shop-by-product-type/back-rests-rolls-cushions.html.

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  • Proper Spine Alignment

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by Core Products

    Proper posture and spine alignment is important for your overall health. Knowing how to properly maintain a neutral spine position while you move, sit and stand can help you stay active and may even prevent broken bones or other types of pain.

    Spine alignment is one of the most important things about posture and body mechanics. Maintaining proper alignment puts less stress on your spine, back, hips, neck, and other parts of your body.

    To keep proper alignment, avoid doing the following:

    • Slumping over or having head-forward posture
    • Slouching in your chair instead of sitting upright
    • Bending forward at your waist
    • Twisting your spine to a point of strain
    • Twisting your trunk and bending forward when doing any type of lifting or even activities as simple as coughing or sneezing
    • Anything that requires extended reaching. For example, reaching for the top shelf at the store can result in a strain or, even worse, losing balance and falling.
    • Exercising with improper form.

    Avoiding these moves and properly exercising on a regular basis are two of the best ways to maintain proper spine alignment and good posture.

    Additionally, it’s important to consider how our bodies are positioned when they’re not moving. For an extended period of sitting at work or in the car, consider trying a back rest with lumbar support. These types of back pillows not only help keep you comfortable, they’re great for maintaining proper posture.

    When you’re in bed sleeping for the next day, the right head and neck pillow can make a world of difference for how rested you feel and limiting any pain when you wake up. A cervical pillow is an essential aspect of maintaining a proper spine. For side sleepers, a leg spacer will help keep your knees in line with the rest of your spine.

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  • August is National Water Quality Month

    Posted on August 22, 2015 by Core Products

    When you wake up for work in the morning, do you take speedy showers or long luxurious ones? When you brush your teeth, do you turn off the faucet or let the water run? If you are guilty of the latter choices, you’re contributing to the problem.

    When it comes to natural resources, the most overused and undervalued resource is water. If you stop and think about it, you probably don’t even realize that you’re guilty of wasting water or polluting it, too.

    In the United States, the month of August is National Water Quality Month and its primary goal is to make the public aware of wasteful habits and proactively engage communities in conservation initiatives to keep such a precious resource clean and available. In fact, California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts on record and conservation efforts grab attention with slogans like, “Brown is the new Green.” Even if you don’t live in the Golden State, there are still simple things that you can do to help alleviate the issue.

    An environmental advocacy group called Clean Water Action details some daily solutions to reduce pollution:

    1. Don’t use antibacterial soaps or cleaning products.
    2. Never flush unwanted or out-of-date medicines down the toilet or the drain.
    3. Don’t put anything except water down storm drains.
    4. Fix leaks that drip from your car and put down a liner in your driveway to collect oil and other materials.
    5. Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
    6. Choose non-toxic household products whenever possible.
    7. Pick up after your pets.
    8. Don’t pave your property.
    9. Spread the word and be a water advocate.
    10. Keep informed.

    To simplify: in order to protect our most vital and precious resource, water, we need to conserve and preserve.

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  • Just Keep Swimming…Swimming, Swimming

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Core Products

    Ouch. If you’re a fitness junkie or a serious athlete, you’ve probably sustained some kind of workout injury. It could be any number of physical afflictions: shin splints, knee injuries, ankle sprains, concussions, a torn ACL…the list goes on and on.

    These injuries don’t just result from one sport or activity, either. They can happen doing almost anything from lacrosse to volleyball to dancing. It’s hard to reconcile the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of exercising. After all, if working out is supposed to help your body, then why can it also hurt so much?!

    There is a good alternative if you find yourself exceptionally prone to fitness-related injuries: swimming.

    Swimming is one of the best types of exercise that you can do for your body in terms of cost/benefit. Because you’re buoyant, it’s less weight-bearing, meaning you’re not putting your full body weight into the exercise. Less weight means less impact, and less impact means less joint and/or muscle pain over time. It’s so low-impact that swimming has been prescribed as physical therapy for other sport-related injuries.

    You can also burn more calories swimming because water has great resistance, forcing you to work harder to move. Swimming also helps with cardiovascular fitness. By practicing sustained breath-holding, it gradually increases your lung capacity, which has long-term health benefits.

    You’ve probably heard people say that all athletes have a shelf-life. To an extent, this is true. As we get older, our bodies are no longer as agile or capable of prolonged periods of high-intensity fitness (except in the case of Harriette Thompson). However, swimming is an activity that you can do throughout your entire life. While it’s true that swimmers can still sustain sport-related injuries, the benefits received from swimming far outweigh the possible risks. As Dory would say: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…swimming…

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  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    Posted on August 15, 2015 by Core Products

    Ah, August. Generally, the month of August is associated with end-of-summer vacations, afternoons at the pool, and back-to-school shopping…and back-to-school generally means getting shots. You heard us, shots.

    Did you know that the month of August is officially National Immunization Awareness Month? Shots aren’t just for kids, either—it’s important that adults stay vaccinated to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, too. In fact, there are different clinical recommendations for a variety of age groups including: infants and children, adults, pregnant women, preteens, and teens.

    The most common dangerous (or even deadly) diseases are the flu, the measles, and pneumonia. Combat flu season, (which usually reaches its peak activity in February) earlier rather than later. Instead of spreading diseases, let’s spread the word instead.

    You can share the importance of National Immunization Awareness Month with your friends, family, and community by word-of-mouth and through social channels. Facebook and Twitter aren’t just for telling the world what kind of pizza you ate for dinner last night anymore; they’re critical tools for raising public health awareness and engaging a wider audience in a way that’s short and immediate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a toolkit that makes it easy for you or your organization to participate in National Immunization Awareness Month through social media.

    The toolkit even includes ready-made tweets of health tips and links to quizzes that deliver important information about who needs shots and when. Publicizing health topics on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter has the ability to reduce the stigma associated with disease prevention and will encourage people to take action immediately. Shots aren’t fun, but they are necessary preventive measures – not just for your own well-being, but for the health of those around you, too.

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