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  • Causes and Cures for Neck Pain

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by Core Products

    There are many reasons you may be experiencing neck pain. And let’s just say…it’s a pain! Whether you spent too long in an awkward position, slept with the wrong pillow or carried something too heavy you may not be able to turn your head to the side? You have to move your whole body like a robot to turn around. It not only looks a bit strange, but it hurts!

    So what can you do prevent waking up in the robot state? First, there are preventative measures you can take. Posture is always the key to an aligned neck and spine. Whether you are sitting at a desk for hours or on your feet all day, make sure you sit and stand in the right position to keep everything aligned. You should always have both feet flat on the floor and sit up straight with your shoulders back. Try to get the habit of thinking of a rope pulling you up from the top of your head.

    A good pillow is a MUST. Most neck pain comes after sleeping for hours in an awkward position or with a pillow that is too firm. Here at Core Products we offer a variety of pillows to fit anyone’s unique form. Whether it’s a cervical pillow or memory foam, choosing the right option for you will prevent unnecessary pain upon awaking.

    When you wake up with neck pain or strain your neck, you’ll likely want a quick remedy to help you get through the day. Cold packs are one good option. The cold helps reduce swelling and allows the muscle to heal. Heat may also work. Heat helps bring the blood flow to the area affected. Moist heat like a hot bath or shower may also help alleviate pain.

    If the natural remedies aren’t working, you may want to consider an over-the -counter pain medication such as ibuprofen which helps by reducing inflammation.

    A massage is another great way to relieve the pain. While it may be painful to get the massage, the outcome might be just what you need. Massage stimulates blood flow to area and also loosens the muscles to help heal.

    There is no need to live with chronic neck pain. If you notice you are frequently waking up with a stiff or sore neck, it’s time to look into the right pillow to bring you comfort during the night.


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  • 3 Ways to Rejuvenate During Holiday Breaks

    Posted on December 11, 2015 by Core Products

    When we think about the chaos of the holiday season it’s hard not to think about all the stress…crowded shopping malls, uncomfortable family dinners and holiday travel all can make the holidays seem less enjoyable but more stressful. Here at Core Products we want to take the stress out of the holidays by offering ways to utilize the holiday break for rejuvenation.

    Most of us have stressful jobs, and many take advantage of time off during the holiday season. Instead of adding stress during time off work use it to your advantage to decompress, relax, enjoy family time and be present in the precious moments.

    Take a spa day

    Holidays aren’t just about doing things for others but you need to take a little time to do something for your own well-being. A relaxing day at the spa, with a massage to relieve anxiety and stress will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered.

    Have a staycation

    With all the hustle and bustle we suggest planning one day where you don’t go anywhere. Stay in, watch a holiday movie, catch up on your latest book or play a board game with the family. You may want to spend the day in your PJ’s and embrace the fact that you don’t have to leave the house.

    Make a plan

    To make the holidays as seamless as possible, start planning now. Grabbing those holiday necessities a little at a time when you’re shopping is a good way to start things off right. Make a list of what you need to do. Don’t wait until the last minute to get out those holiday cards. The more you plan and prep ahead of time the more time you’ll have to enjoy the season.

    Core Products wants your life to be stress-free and comfortable. Treat yourself to a new pillow or warm blanket to stay cozy all season long.


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  • Travel in Comfort This Holiday Season

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Core Products

    Many of us hit the road or fly across the country to be with loved ones during the holidays. Travel, especially during the holiday season, can be very stressful, and sitting for hours in a car or plane, or sleeping on a couch, can be very uncomfortable. Here are Core Products we want you to travel in comfort this holiday season and we have just what it takes to make comfortable travel a reality- and here’s a hint, pillows are key!

    Core Products Travel Core Pillows give you just the necessary support to avoid discomfort when traveling. On sale now, the Travel Core Cervical Pillow provides the right amount of head and neck support allowing you to sleep as well traveling as you do at home. Travel Core is compact, fitting easily into a suitcase.

    Providing natural placement of head and neck support, cervical pillows provide the correct posturing when sleeping on your back or side. Travel Core can relieve intense pain, relieve spasms, and remove tension. Travel Core Pillows come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the needs of your comfort.

    - The Memory Travel Core Neck Pillow is made with 100% viscoelastic foam conforming to the unique shape of your head and neck. This pillow is available in blue with plush polyester.

    - The Jackson Roll pillow is one of the versatile of the collection with fiber support. The Jackson Roll can help relieve tension, stiffness, aches and pains. The pillow adds gentle support and can be used for neck support, behind your back or under your knees. The compact size makes it perfect for travel.

    - The Adjustable Travel Roll can be used as a travel pillow for resting when flying or driving long distances. The roll can be used virtually anywhere to increase comfort, low back support or under the ankles when lying down. The roll comes with an attached air pump to fill to your desired firmness.

    Wherever the holidays take you, comfort is always key. The Core Products line of travel pillows make the perfect companions while away from home. Visit http://www.coreproducts.com/ for special pricing going on now!


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  • Core Products International Donates 10% Of Web Sales to Breast Cancer Research

    Posted on October 10, 2013 by Core Products

    Core Products International’s mission is to make life more comfortable for those suffering from chronic pain. This month they will support the cause by donating 10% of all online sales made during October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. More than 75% of the company is women, one of whom is a breast cancer survivor.

    “This issue is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Matt Nasca, E-Commerce Manager for Core Products. “Everyone here feels it’s very important to do our part for this very serious disease and contribute toward finding a cure.”

    The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was chosen because 91 cents for every dollar they bring in goes directly towards scientific research. Their mission, as stated on their website, is to “achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.”

    In 2006, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation put together the collection of more than 1,300 human genes related to breast cancer, which is now available to scientists worldwide for studying breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, “breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.”

    Core Products has installed a new banner on their website calling attention to their commitment this month. “Core for the Cure” will run through Oct. 31, 2013. For more information on Core Products International please visit: http://www.coreproducts.com.

    About Core Products International 
    Founded in 1988, with the vision of making people’s lives more comfortable, Core Products International is an American innovator, manufacturer and distributor of professional quality health care products. Core markets and sells its products within the USA and internationally mainly to the professional health care markets. Core manufactures and assembles its products in Osceola and Chetek Wisconsin and is proud to employ American workers. Core’s product line includes orthopedic pillows, orthopedic supports and braces, hot and cold therapy products, electric and therapeutic massage products, and electrotherapy devices. For more information, please visithttp://www.coreproducts.com.


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  • Have you ever wondered what is a cervical pillow?

    Posted on February 17, 2013 by Core Products

    Cervical Pillow Uses

    Natural placement of the head and neck, accomplished with the many different styles and shapes of Core cervical pillows, can help relieve intense pain by providing natural and correct posturing in supine (back) and side-sleeping positions.

    Cervical support pillows are used when a cervical hypolordosis (less than normal curvature of the spine) exists, to prevent hypolordosis, or when cervical spasms or strains occur.  These pillows are orthotic devices (apparatus used to align or support) used to help relieve spasms, remove minor tensions and maintain or resume the natural cervical lordotic curve while at rest.

    By providing proper neck support, cervical pillows can help with:

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

    Therapeutic Types Of Pillows:

    1.   Accommodate/Displacement Pillows:  Helps relieve pain or discomfort by conforming to and stabilizing an existing condition. Relieves pain or discomfort by conforming to and stabilizing a new or existing injury or condition. Provides comfort, but does little to correct the condition. Typically for short-term use.  When a neck injury or condition isacute (serious or to an intense degree, like whiplash or a significant sprain or strain), the healthcare provider’s goal is to relieve a patient's pain and discomfort before beginning treatment. What's needed is to stabilize and accommodate the condition before moving forward. The same is true for other neck injuries or at the onset of many common problems which affect the head and neck.  Accommodation/Displacement pillows work well at this stage because they conform to the condition and provide immediate comfort.

    Examples:  Core Deluxe Water Pillow; Core Memory Foam Pillow

    2.  Orthopedic Support Pillows:  Support pillows are designed to help a. correct  and  b. maintain  proper cervical posture/alignment while sleeping by providing the right amount of resistive feedback into the cervical & upper thoracic musculature.

    Special Note: Support type pillows are orthotic devices (like a custom orthotic in your shoe) and therefore may take time to get accustomed to.  Healthcare providers should give patients proper education regarding the time needed for training the musculature in accepting the pillow.  Although some people can react positively to this type of pillow immediately, others may take up to 2 weeks of gradual increased use through the night.  Patient should use pillow to waking tolerance and then switch to previous pillow for the rest of the night.  Each successive night, patient should increase time support pillow is used through the night.

    Examples:  Tri-Core Standard; Tri-Core Gentle; Double Core & Double Core Select Pillows

    A.  Correct:  Helps eliminate symptoms by treating the cause of the condition.  Helps correct the cause of pain, supports treatment to regain proper function. At this stage, orthopedic pillows are often prescribed to assist in correcting the diagnosed condition and to help the patient regain proper function. Allows tissue to heal functionally. Prepares for the maintenance stage. Corrective pillows can help alleviate headaches; neck muscle and joint strains, arthritis and whiplash discomfort and help restore proper nerve function. Supportive pillows are used in this stage of care.

    B.  Maintain:  Ensures continued good health by helping sustain the body in its proper, natural posture.  Complements care to help prevent recurrence/progression. Pillows selected for the Maintain Stage should ensure continued good health by providing proper positioning and helping preserve the natural curvature of the neck and spine. For ideal maintenance, the pillow should provide maximum support and comfort. In fact, most people discover that once the normal curvature of the neck is restored, they crave the comfort of maximum support - the reason supportive pillows have grown more popular. Supportive pillows are used in this stage of care.

    3.  Combination Pillows: Combination pillows have a quality or an adjustability that allows the healthcare provider and the user to use the pillow though treatment.  The pillow has properties that give an accommodative/displacement function and a supportive function.

    Examples: Cervalign; Core Deluxe Water Pillow; Core Memory Plus;

     


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  • DC Products Review 2013 Chiro Buyers Guide

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Core Products

    The November issue of DC Products Review is out and features the 2013 Buyers Guide. Don't miss the WiTouch on page 108.

    Learn More about the WiTouch Wireless TENS here

     


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  • How-to Operate the WiTouch Wireless TENS

    Posted on September 12, 2012 by Core Products

    OPERATE your Hollywog WiTouch Wireless TENS

    1. Remove the green protective liners from both gel pads on the device by slowly peeling the liner from one inside corner towards the outside corner of the electrode area. DO NOT discard the protective liners as the protective liners will be reapplied to the gel pads for storage after use. Take care to not touch or allow objects to come in contact with the gel pad as this may interfere with the adhesion properties of the gel pad.

    How-to Use the WiTouch Step 1

    2. Place the device on your back over the area of back pain, aligning the center of the device over the spine. Make sure the gel pads make good contact with the skin. DO NOT apply the gel pads/electrodes directly over the spine. If the area of back pain cannot be accessed, request assistance from another person for application.

    How-To apply the WiTouch Wireless TENS Step 2

    3. On the Hollywog WiTouch remote control, press the power button to activate the remote. Press the START/STOP TREATMENT button momentarily. The LED will blink green one (1) time. The Hollywog WiTouch electrical stimulation treatment has now started. On the WiTouch device, the LED will now begin blinking green very rapidly for the duration of the treatment.

    WiTouch Remote Operation

    4. Press the INCREASE INTENSITY (+) button to increase the stimulation to a comfortable level. To decrease the stimulation intensity anytime during treatment, press the DECREASE INTENTISY (-) button.

    WiTouch TENS How-to Operate Part 4

    5. Treatment will automatically stop after 30 minutes. Treatment can be stopped at any time by pressing the START/STOP TREATMENT button on the remote control. DO NOT remove the device until treatment has stopped.

     

    6. Care should be taken to not inadvertently depress the ON/OFF button on the device when being worn. If the ON/OFF button is depressed during use, the treatment will stop. To restart treatment, press and hold the ON/OFF button for 1 second, then initiate the treatment with the remote control. The 30 minute treatment will start over from the beginning.

     

    7. The Hollywog WiTouch device can be left in position without removal for multiple treatments during the day. To initiate additional treatments, repeat step 3 above when treatment is desired. NOTE: It is recommended to wait a minimum of 30 minutes between treatments.

     

    8. The Hollywog WiTouch device will automatically turn off after two (2) hours of inactivity. To turn on the device, press and hold the ON/OFF button on the WiTouch device for one (1) second. The LED will begin blinking green once every two (2 seconds). On the Hollywog WiTouch remote control, press the START/STOP TREATMENT button momentarily. The LED will blink green one (1) time. The Hollywog WiTouch electrical stimulation treatment has now started. On the WiTouch device, the LED will now begin blinking green very rapidly for the duration of the treatment..

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  • WiTouch Frequently Asked Questions

    Posted on August 31, 2012 by Core Products

    The WiTouch and WiTouch Pro are the first of their kind, wireless remote controlled pain relief devices utilizing TENS technology to specifically target back pain.

    This is a very exciting new technology and many TENS users have expressed excitement around the release of the product. The WiTouch is a truly wearable device that can be hidden under a wide variety of clothing and can be worn throughout the day for repeated treatments if necessary. It is designed to treat low back pain!

    We've had a lot of questions about the WITouch lately and have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can access that list here or download the pdf version here.


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  • It's Important to Maintain Proper Posture While Traveling

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by Core Products

    According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the majority of low back pain reported in the United States, occurs within the lower five lumbar regions. The most pain falls within the fourth and fifth lumbars, adjacent to the sacrum. The last movable joint along the spine, the lumbosacral joint, where the fifth lumbar connects to the sacrum, bears greater weight and stress, therefore has greater risk of strain or injury.

    Poor posture, fatigue and exhaustion are common causes of low-back pain. As such, one of the more common complaints of travelers is an aching back. Why? Because travelers sit for prolonged periods of time, they haul heavy objects like luggage and children through airports and hotels, and sleep in strange beds with unfamiliar pillows.

    Wether you are traveling or at a desk, prolonged sitting will fatigue the back muscles. Eventually one slips into a poor posture. The solution is to sit straight and use a lumbar cushion that will support your lower back. These cushions can be very effective in promoting proper posture in any chair while providing support and comfort for your lower back.

    With many different body shapes, many different styles of back support cushions are available. While foam comfort supports are common, others use fiber, rigid plastic or air bladders. At the heart of each of our foam back cushions is a precision cut foam core manufactured with the highest quality, long-lasting foam. Stepping up form basic models are deluxe versions that can include a higher grade fabric and positioning belts.

    For more information on Back Support Cushions, click here.

    For more information on Back Support Belts, click here.


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  • Ever wondered what a "Pinched Nerve" actually means?

    Posted on July 26, 2012 by Core Products

    We know that a pinched nerve really hurts! Why? Here is a great article you can share with your friends about pinched nerves. It is very easy to read and understand!

    Read the article here from Burt Chiropractic


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