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  • How to Sleep Properly

    Posted on July 24, 2015 by Core Products

    There are so many sleeping positions and some are better than others for your back and the alignment of your spine.

    To keep the spine perfectly aligned you should sleep flat on your back with the neck and head supported by an appropriate, well-fitted pillow. The trouble is, there are probably a lot of us who don’t sleep on our back (or can’t fall asleep this way). And for those of us who do sleep on our backs, it’s important to get the right type of cervical pillow to keep our neck in alignment with the rest of our spine.

    If you do sleep in another position, below are a couple of things to keep in mind.

    Stomach Sleepers

    Sleeping on your stomach isn’t good for your back as it increases the amount of stress placed on the spine. One trick is to place a thin pillow or a folded towel underneath your hips or pelvic area to slightly raise your back and better align your spine.

    Another, perhaps even more comfortable method, is to raise one leg up along your side and prop a small pillow under the knee. It’s a mix between side sleeping and stomach sleeping but with better spinal alignment than simply lying on your stomach.

    Side Sleepers

    We covered sleeping on your side in another blog post but it still bears repeating. Place a pillow between your legs like the Leg Spacer Positioning Pillow to keep your knees and legs in alignment with the lower back. It’s also a good idea to alternate sides as a side sleeper as habitually sleeping on one side can contribute to muscle imbalance.

    The Goal

    No matter the sleep position the end goal is for you to keep your spine in a neutral position. This is accomplished by properly supporting the position with pillows, utilizing appropriate cervical pillows for the neck area and/or changing from an innerspring mattress to a foam mattress.

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  • The Spine and Sleeping on Your Side

    Posted on July 21, 2015 by Core Products

    Most people understand the importance of a pillow behind a good night’s rest. The proper pillow for specific sleep styles is crucial in relieving neck and upper back pain and keeping one’s spine aligned.

    What might get forgotten is how important another pillow can be for those who happen to sleep on their side. If someone sleeps on their said, they should always place a pillow between their knees to prevent the hips from leaning forward and twisting the spine while they sleep.

    We don’t think about our backs too much and how pillows can help improve our sleep posture and spine health.

    The Leg Spacer Positioning Pillow is designed specifically to relieve pressure on the lower spine, hips and knees. This pillow fits comfortably between the legs and keeps them aligned with the spine while the user sleeps soundly. The contoured design helps the pillow stay in place all night long without the need for straps. This is side sleeper pillow can help to relieve unnecessary pain caused from legs not in alignment with the rest of the spine.

    Now, if you are a side sleeper some recommend alternating sides. There’s some evidence that mostly sleeping on one side can contribute to muscle imbalance which then leads to pain.

    Always sleeping on the same side suspends the middle of your body between your hips and shoulders, the broadest parts of the trunk. Place a pillow between your knees as shown below to keep hips, pelvis and spine aligned.

    At the end of the day it’s important to sleep in a way that supports your spine whether that’s on your back, stomach or on your side. During sleep the spine should have the opportunity to rest, relax and readjust itself.

    If you or someone you know wakes up sore, stiff or in pain, consider addressing the potential problems. The mattress is (generally speaking) usually not the main cause of problems. Good sleepers tend to sleep well on any surface because they sleep in a position that supports their spine. Proper sleeping position and the right pillows can do a whole lot of good.

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  • World Cup and Concussions

    Posted on July 17, 2015 by Core Products

    Recently, during the Women’s World Cup semifinal matchup between Germany and the USA, two players collided and brought the concussion debate back to the front stage.

    Germany’s Alexandra Popp collided with Team USA’s Morgan Brian on a header in the box leaving both players on the turf for minutes before getting up. Brian appeared dazed as she walked off with trainers and Popp walked off with a large, bloody cut on the top of her head.

    Both players returned to the game and played nearly the entire match.

    Yet again, FIFA is left to deal with what some say is an inadequate concussion policy. Other professional sports are making strides in this department (albeit slowly) but for some reason FIFA is lagging far behind.

    So, what is a concussion? Simply put, it’s a traumatic brain injury that occurs when there’s a blow to the head or the head and upper body are violently shaken. They can cause headaches, confusion, dizziness, nausea, a feeling of fogginess, or localized amnesia.

    Most concussions are mild and people tend to not realize they have a concussion. In order to fully recover from a concussion, people need plenty of rest and time to properly heal. Sometimes when suffering a concussion, extra support in the form of a cervical collar is needed to stabilize the injured person’s head.

    In contact sports like soccer and football, it seems imperative that professional leagues and athletes lead the way in adopting concussion prevention methods. US Soccer’s Ali Krieger wears a concussion headband but it’s unclear if this piece of equipment actually works to help reduce concussion risk.

    The best thing any league can do now – professional, amateur, or youth – is to establish a steadfast concussion protocol for anyone experiencing even minor concussion symptoms. Winning or losing a game isn’t more important than an athlete’s long-term health.

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  • What is Gate Control Theory?

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by Core Products

    Pain is physical suffering. It’s discomfort caused by an illness or an injury.

    We offer a lot of therapeutic products developed with making patient’s lives more comfortable. Part of that mission is aiding in pain management.

    Whether it’s a compression brace, hot and cold packs, a better sleeping pillow, or something like the WiTouch system – we’re in the business of making people feel better.

    When it comes time to dealing with pain, one of our best examples is, in fact, the WiTouch Wireless TENS Unit. It is specifically designed to suppress the transmission of nerve pain which is also known as Gate Control Theory.

    Medical theories can be somewhat complicated but the general theory works like this: pain signals originate in nerves near an injury and flow to the spinal cord and then up to our brains. In Gate Control Theory these pain messages encounter gates that are either open or closed depending on a variety of reasons.

    When they’re open, we experience pain. When they’re closed, the sensation of pain is suppressed. For instance, if we bump our knee and start rubbing the area the pain might seem to go away. Or, the same idea occurs if we’re dealing with runner’s knee and we put on a brace to compress the knee area.

    Massage, hot or cold packs, and a few other therapies including electrical impulses can treat the nerve endings that detect pain in our backs. The WiTouch suppresses the transmission of pain through electrical stimulation of the nerves along the spine. This device was specifically designed with Gate Control Theory in mind as well as the Opiate Release Theory.

    As always, if you’re experiencing any kind of acute or chronic pain please visit your doctor.

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  • Drug-Free Back Pain Relief

    Posted on July 5, 2015 by Core Products

    Dealing with back pain is never fun. Chiropractors, pain medicine, stretching, back braces, exercise – there are tons of options. Managing back pain is a tough road.

    Oftentimes an OTC solution is to take ibuprofen or another inflammation/pain reducer in conjunction with rest or light stretches. Core Products is proud to offer a drug-free solution that can help relieve back pain.

    The WiTouch Wireless TENS Unit uses electrotherapy to help treat back pain. The system sticks to the pain area in the back and is controlled by a small remote. The WiTouch delivers a pulsing or massaging sensation to the applied area to quickly relieve back pain.

    The wireless unit sticks to the back via adhesive gel pads. The pads provide a dispersive surface between the patient’s skin and the electrodes’ electronic stimulation. The gel pads can be covered and reused after treatment. They remove easily from the skin without leaving behind any sticky residue.

    The WiTouch should only be used at home or the office as long as the work environment doesn’t involve anything strenuous like lifting heavy objects. The unit’s design allows the wearer to subtly treat their back throughout the day without ever removing the device.

    For runners dealing with back pain or sidelined due to lower back pain, the WiTouch is a great anti-inflammatory and chiropractor alternative when they just aren’t enough.

    For Frequently Asked Questions about the WiTouch Wireless TENS Unit please visit our WiTouch help page: http://www.coreproducts.com/witouch-help.

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  • What is Tinnitus?

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Core Products

    Attending any large (and loud) concerts or festivals this summer? Be mindful of protecting your ears. If you ever attended a concert and your ears continued ringing you might have had mild form of Tinnitus.

    Could you imagine if that never went away? Tinnitus is the perception of sound even when there is nothing there to create it. That ringing, buzzing, or rushing sound in ears is not a disease but the result of trauma in the form of hearing loss from loud noises, hearing loss from age, ear or sinus infections, head or neck injuries, and certain medications (among other things).

    Many people will experience tinnitus on occasion but there are a few factors that increase the risk:

    -  Loud noises – exposure to these can damage the delicate parts of your inner ear.      Consider wearing earplugs when exposed to loud sounds.
    -  High blood pressure – health conditions like HBP can increase risk.
    -  Hearing loss from age
    -  Gender – men are more likely to experience tinnitus than women
    -  Smoking – smokers are also at a higher risk

    There are a few strategies for dealing with Tinnitus. The most effective treatment eliminates the underlying cause. As of right now there is no one-stop shop full-proof cure for tinnitus.

    Hearing aids help tinnitus sufferers dealing with hearing loss and can also help block out the frequency range of the tinnitus buzzing.

    Sound generators are useful to help patients relax or even fall asleep by producing repetitive and soothing sounds.

    TMJ treatment can help those who suffer from tinnitus due to jaw dysfunction. Muscles and nerves in the jaw are closely related to those in the ear and can impact the ear’s nerves.

    Counseling programs can help sufferers manage their tinnitus by managing the way patients emotionally react to the ringing of tinnitus. The goal of cognitive therapy for tinnitus patients is to make their tinnitus less bothersome.

    So when you’re out attending loud live music this summer consider wearing ear protection or at least standing away from the speakers. If you begin suffering from acute ear pain please visit your doctor.

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  • Summer Sickness and Summer Heat Safety

    Posted on June 27, 2015 by Core Products

    Winter isn’t the only time of year for people to get sick. There are a handful of illnesses we’ve compiled below that unfortunately seem to pop up this time of year and keep us bed-ridden when all we want to do is enjoy the beautiful weather.

    Strep Throat – This thing is around all year and especially so during the school year. Respiratory secretions easily transmit this sickness so be sure to cover your mouth when you cough! Thoroughly washing your hands is a good move, too.

    If you succumb to strep throat swap out your toothbrushes every couple of days. If the symptoms come back right after finishing or at the end of taking antibiotics your doctor might need to prescribe you another one.

    Swimmer’s Ear – This occurs during swim season (who would’ve guessed?). It’s not a typical ear infection that follows a cold but its painful and annoying nonetheless. Swimmer’s ear is brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming that aids bacterial growth. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or a steroid to reduce inflammation.

    Eczema – The combination of dry heat and swimming pool chemicals can wreak havoc. Itchy, inflamed skin is aggravating and can be combatted with a good skin moisturizer and antihistamines for the itchiness. If the flare-up is too much for those standard treatments a topical steroid might be in order.

    Another cause of illness this time of year isn’t from a bug or virus, it’s from the heat of the summer sun. As the temperature and humidity rise so does the risk of heat-related illnesses.

    Our bodies regulate temperature with faster, shallower breathing, increased blood flow to the skin, and sweating. Heavy sweating without replacing fluids can lead to dehydration and even heat cramps. If our bodies fail to shed enough excess heat there is a risk of heat exhaustion or, in severe cases, heat stroke.

    It’s possible to avoid heat-induced illnesses by taking the right precautions and staying hydrated before, during, and after activities (even if it’s just sitting outside in the sun).

    Below are some tips on keeping your cool when the temperature gets hot:

    -  Limit outdoor activities when the sun is at its peak
    -  Avoid direct sunlight and large crowds
    -  Rest in shady or air-conditioned locations
    -  Wear hats and lightweight, loose clothing
    -  Drink non-diuretic fluids like water or sports drinks

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  • Avoiding Dehydration

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Core Products

    Summer is hot and the hot days of summer often involve long periods of time outside in the sun and heat. Before heading out for another long day of fun and play in the heat make sure to protect yourself against the dangers of dehydration.

    Some things that put you at risk for dehydration include prolonged exposure to high temperatures, direct sunlight, and/or high humidity, without sufficient rest and fluids. Your body becomes dehydrated when you lose more body fluid from sweating or urinating than you take in from drinking.

    Signs of dehydration include dry lips and tongue, thirst, fatigue or lack of energy, low or no urine output, and feeling overheated among other things. Thirst, however, is a sign you’ve waited too long to take your next sip of water or sports drink as it usually means you’re already slightly dehydrated.

    Dehydration increases the risk of other heat illnesses because it interrupts the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. If left untreated dehydration can lead to heat cramps (painful cramps in the abdominals, arms or legs), heat exhaustion (dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches), or heat stroke (temp. of 104 or higher, severe symptoms include vomiting, lack of sweating, disorientation, shortness of breath, unconsciousness).

    Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke require immediate care. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that, when untreated, can be deadly. Any child with heat stroke should be rushed to the nearest hospital.

    If you want to prevent dehydration (who doesn’t?) make sure to drink cool water and sports drinks early and don’t wait until you’re parched. Take regular breaks to drink fluids even if you aren’t thirsty. Dehydration is cumulative so if you’re slightly dehydrated one day from not drinking enough fluids and do the same the next day, you’re compounding a gradually developing problem.

    Another good idea is acclimating to the hotter weather and not exercising beyond your current level of fitness. If you typically run slowly in the cool early morning and decide to set a new 5k record in the middle of the day in June, you’re going to have a bad time. Your body isn’t used to that kind of heat and humidity.

    If you suspect you’re dehydrated, move to a cool, shady area and drink plenty of water or sports drink. If you do not feel better soon, go visit your doctor. If you are unconscious or unresponsive, have someone take you to see a doctor right away.

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  • How to Deal with Runner’s Knee

    Posted on June 19, 2015 by Core Products

    Runner’s knee is awful.

    Medically known as chondromalacia patella, runner’s knee is the cause of an unstable kneecap. This can occur from a fracture, a different injury to the kneecap/knee or simply overuse of one’s knee (running, jumping, etc.).

    Runner’s knee occurs most commonly in adolescents and young adults. However, this does not leave older adults in the clear.

    A few of the common symptoms include a grating or grinding sensation in the knee, general knee pain or tenderness, as well as worsening pain when using stairs, during prolonged periods of sitting and with running or jumping.

    A few ways to treat runner’s knee and relieve some of the pain can include:

    -  Rest – Generally the best method for dealing with an injury
    -  Stretch – Stretching before and after exercise is a fantastic way to help the muscles and ligaments in your leg warm up/cool down. Pay particular attention to those around your knee.
    -  Weight train – Strengthening the muscles in your leg and around your knee can help stabilize the patella.
    -  Proper shoes – Ill-fitting running shoes or other athletic footwear is a recipe for injury. Make sure shoes are the right fit and aren’t worn out.
    -  Proper form – Form is critical for any exercise, including running. Film yourself or have someone watch your gait to see where you can improve.

    Another option for dealing with runner’s knee is to wear a compression sleeve or knee brace. Core Products offers a few knee sleeves specifically for runner’s knee. The Standard Neoprene Knee Support is a comfortable support that still allows a full range of motion.

    The Performance Wrap Knee Support provides a custom fit for maximum support and a full range of motion. It’s the best all-around knee support for a multitude of knee issues including runner’s knee.

    Our Front Closure Wraparound Knee Support is ideal for sprains and strains (as well as runner’s knee). The front closures on this knee brace make it easy to take on/off and the neoprene construction provides great comfort. The open back style of this brace prevents bunching.

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  • Ideal Ankle Supports Part 2

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by Core Products

    In previous posts we covered how to determine the proper fit of an ankle support and reviewed a couple specific styles here at Core Products. In this post we will feature another set of ankle braces you can use to treat injuries or as injury prevention.

    One of the most important things with any therapeutic product is a proper or even custom fit. If you’re looking for a custom fit ankle support, look no further than the PowerWrap Ankle Brace. This support features Core Products’ exclusive Positive Tensioning System to give the wearer a custom fit every time without needing to tie laces. Just hook and loop tabs with laces to hold the brace in place.

    It’s easier and more cost effective than stability taping. Spiral stays help stabilize the ankle and control abnormal eversion and inversion of the ankle. This ankle support is great for sports, at home, or any time you need a little extra support.

    Looking for moderate support to help with chronic instabilities? The Lightweight Elastic Ankle Support is a low-profile brace that fits comfortably in street or dress shoes to help control ankle swelling. Its ventilated elastic construction allows air to circulate and provides a cool, comfortable fit. A lace-up front and spiral stays offer support for weak ankles and help to prevent re-injury.

    This ankle support is more cost effective for long-term use and much faster than taping. This makes it an ideal candidate for use during or after sports/high activity.

    Our Deluxe Ankle Support with Support Stays is an outstanding ankle brace for injured ankles that can also be used to prevent injury. Its patented lacing system features offset eyelets and vinyl side supports to help protect the ankle from pesky eversion and inversion injuries. The brace’s lacing system along with its removable stays helps to stabilize weak ankles.

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