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  • An Intro to Foam Rolling and Foam Rolling for Back Pain

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Core Products

    Foam rolling has come into popularity among those in the physical therapy and fitness industries in recent years. At one time, foam rolling was only used by elite athletes, coaches and physical therapists, but it has now become a more mainstream practice among everyday people of all fitness levels.

    A foam roller is essentially a foam cylinder, most commonly 6 inches in diameter and either 12 or 36 inches long. Densities vary from product to product, with those new to foam rolling usually opting for a softer foam roller, while more experienced athletes might prefer a denser product. Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique, basically meaning it’s a form of self-massage that helps to loosen muscle tightness and massage trigger points, like knots that form in muscles or sore spots. Self-myofascial release works by using deep compression to break up tight muscles. The deep compression experienced during foam rolling increases circulation and allows a normal blood flow to return to the particular area you are exercising. It stretches your muscle and activates restoration of healthy tissue, helping to alleviate pain and soreness. In short, foam rolling is like getting a massage at a 5-star spa, only far less expensive and easily done in the comfort of your own home.

    Foam rolling for back pain:

    Many Americans might consider their backs a trigger point, as back pain is one of the most common medical problems. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of 10 people experience back pain at some point during their lives. Some people get a deep tissue massage to help minimize back pain, while others see an acupuncturist or practice yoga. But more and more often, foam rolling is being used as an alternative to more costly treatments. (However, it is important to note that it is no replacement for professional medical treatment.)

    Follow these tips to foam roll your back:

    -Purchase the foam roller of your choice. If you plan on using your foam roller for your back, purchase one that is 36 inches long, like the Full Performance Roller offered by Core Products.

    -Sit on the ground with the roller right behind you. Lace your fingers behind your head and lean your upper back onto the foam roller. With your abs and glutes tight, slowly roll up and down, from your shoulders to the end of your rib cage.

    -Many experts say you should not foam roll on your lower back. Instead, for lower back pain, focus on muscles surrounding and connected to your back, like the hamstrings. Sit on a foam roller with your legs stretched out and place your hands on the floor behind you. The foam roller should be right under your hamstrings. Roll forwards and backwards, slowly, from the bottom of your glutes to the base of your knee

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  • 10 Basic Knee Strengthening Exercises

    Posted on October 9, 2014 by Core Products

    Knee PainThe knee is one the most commonly injured joints in the human body. However, it is never too late to strengthen both the knee and the surrounding muscles to prevent further injury. The surrounding muscles help support the knee joint and can be strengthened through a variety of rehabilitation exercises. The surrounding muscles that will be strengthened in the below exercises include the quadriceps (front of the thigh), hamstrings (back of the thigh), abductor (outside the thigh), and adductor (inside the thigh).

    1. Straight Leg Lifts: help to strengthen the quadriceps muscles (at the front of the thigh).
    o Instructions: Start in a seated position on a flat surface. Begin by tightening the quad and then being to lift leg 6-12 inches off the surface with toes pointed upwards.

    2. Wall Sits: work to strengthen quadriceps and hamstring muscles. These muscles help to manage runner acceleration and jumping ability. The hamstring muscle helps to support and stabilize both the hip and knee joints.
    o Instructions: Place back against wall and bend knees to a 30 to 90 degree angle (degree varies based on pain/ range of motion). Keep feet parallel to shoulders width, and ensure knees never flex past toes. Hold sit for short period of time (30 seconds to a minute)

    3. Ankle Pumps with Resistance: help to reduce swelling and circulate blood to the knee joint.
    o Instructions: While sitting, place a Theraband or resistant band on the ball of the foot. Begin to pump ankle against band with leg in a straight position, tighten all muscles with each pump. (Hold each pump for 30 seconds)

    4. Short-Arc Knee Extensions: helps to reduces knee swelling and builds quad strength
    o Instructions: Begin by utilizing a foam roller or several rolled up towels under the knee. Lay upright on a flat surface with one knee elevated by the roll and the other knee in a bent/upright position. Help to tighten quadriceps and hold position for a few seconds before lowering foot to the surface.

    5. Abductor Raise: strengthens muscles outside the thigh.
    o Instructions: Lay down on side with leg on the floor in the bent position while the other leg remains straight. Lift top leg for 5-10 seconds then lower. (utilize ankle weights to increase intensity of the exercise)

    6. Double Leg Calf Raises: strengthens calf muscles
    o Instructions: Stand with heals on the ground and legs parallel to the shoulders. Begin to rise heals off the ground and hold for 5-10 seconds. (if needed utilize a flat surface to maintain balance)

    7. Hamstring Curls: Strengthen the back of your thigh (hamstring) muscles.
    o Instructions: Start standing with front of legs against a flat surface (example: wall or table). Begin to to flex one knee against the surface and hold knee back until exercise begins to cause pain. (utilize ankle weights to increase intensity of the exercise)

    8. Step ups: help to build muscle endurance and balance
    o Instructions: Utilize an aerobic step to repeatedly walk up and down. Place one leg on step and then repeat with second leg. Alternate reps from front steps, back steps and side steps. Repeat motion for up to 50 times and increase speed as exercise advances.

    9. Stationary Bike: helps to increase strength and range of motion of knee
    o Instructions: Start on bike by rotating pedals at a slow pace. If unable to fully rotate, cycle pedals to 90 degrees and rotate back and forth ((Depending on the current state of the knee’s range in motion).

    10. Hip Extension Exercises: stabilizes pelvis and strengthens gluteus maximus, adductor and hip muscles to support lower extremities
    o Instructions: Start on all fours with elbows and knees on the ground. Elevate one leg to 90 degrees and start to tighten muscles at the back of the thigh as leg is raised to the ceiling. Hold each lift at the highest point and drop knee back to the ground between each set.


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  • Core Products Honors National Chiropractic Month this October

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Core Products

    Each October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) hosts National Chiropractic Month, a national public awareness and education campaign. This year, the American Chiropractic Association is using National Chiropractic Month to promote their “Conservative Care First!” theme, raising awareness of why a conservative approach to pain management and healthcare is not only effective, but sensible as well. Consider this astounding excerpt from www.chirohealthy.com:

    “A recent study based on Washington state workers found that only 1.5 percent of those who visited a doctor of chiropractic first for work-related back pain later had surgery, compared to 42.7 percent of those who saw a surgeon first.”

    Core Products strongly believes in a therapeutic and conservative approach to pain management. In fact, the company got started when Core Products President Phil Mattison experienced a sore neck. After visiting a chiropractor, Phil learned that his neck pain and discomfort was caused by an improper sleeping position – something that could be easily fixed with the help of a proper spinal-support pillow.

    It is well known in the medical industry that back pain is the most common type of chronic pain in America. According to the ACA, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time – a scary statistic.

    After discovering the root of his neck discomfort and realizing that he wasn’t alone in experiencing back and neck pain, Phil worked in conjunction with his chiropractor to create the Wave Comfort Pillow and later the Tri-Core pillow. Now, the Tri-Core pillow is the company’s most popular product and it is routinely recommended by chiropractors across the nation. But Core Products doesn’t stop at therapeutic pillows.

    The entire Core Products line-up is made to make your life more comfortable, with myriad products sensibly addressing chiropractic issues. From therapeutic pillows to back support belts, and baby huggers to automotive lumbar support seats – we’ve got something for everyone. Core Products truly embodies the “Conservative Care First” approach, with an added touch of comfort and affordability.

    Learn more about chiropractic services and conservative care with this educational video from the ACA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4nd8L37TLU&list=UUZnW3D_5trH1k6QYZG_emzQ

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  • Sleeping Sitting Up: The Pros and Cons of Sleeping Upright

    Posted on September 29, 2014 by Core Products

    We all know that a quality night’s sleep is a necessity for our health – both physically and mentally. But did you know that different sleep positions can have different effects on your health? For instance, if you have seasonal allergies or a cold, sleeping in an almost upright position could be beneficial. Conversely, sleeping sitting up might not be the best option if you suffer from neck pain. However, if you are required to sleep sitting up due to a medical condition or recovery from a medical procedure, fear not – with a little help, you can sleep safe and sound. We’ll tell you how!

    Allergies and the common cold:

    Allergies affect us all differently, but some have it worse than others. For some, allergy symptoms can lead to a severe lack of sleep. In fact, in a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 37 percent of Americans said their sleep has been impacted by allergies. This is where sleeping in an upright position comes in handy; by sleeping in a more upright position, congestion can drain from your nose and throat, making it easier for you to breathe. Tuck a few pillows under your head and upper back in order to comfortably sleep upright. But beware – sleeping in an upright position for too many days in a row could cause neck pain.

    Neck pain:

    Sleeping sitting up is not recommended for everyone, and it most likely shouldn’t be your normal sleep position. This is especially true if you are sleeping in a chair (sleeping upright but supported by a stack of pillows is a bit different). When we move into active sleep, or the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, our muscles lose tone, making it difficult to maintain a seated position. As a result, when we sleep upright, our necks tend to strain or drop to one side, which can cause pain.

    That said, sometimes sleeping upright can be helpful. For example, sleeping upright can be a requirement for people recovering from certain medical procedures. In this case, it is important to consider the use of a neck pillow or neck roll in order to protect and support your neck. As most travellers know, neck rolls are also a necessity when flying or riding in a car for a long period of time.

    If you do need to sleep upright or if you’re a frequent traveller, check out Core Products' adjustable travel roll, which can be adjusted to match your desired firmness.

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  • How to Reverse the Dangerous Effects of Sitting All Day

    Posted on September 24, 2014 by Core Products

    It’s been all over the news recently: sitting all day is bad for you. But for most Americans, sitting all day is a reality. Many people in America have a career in which they sit at a desk or in a cubicle all day looking at a computer monitor or answering phones. Sure, standing desks or yoga ball chairs are sometimes an option, but the benefits are relatively unproven and unfortunately those two solutions aren’t a perfect fit for everyone. For instance, the Toronto Workers Health & Safety Centre recently found that standing for a long period of time could lead to sore backs, sore feet and varicose veins, among other negative side effects1.

    But the reality of what sitting does to our bodies is even scarier. In a recent USA Today article1, Dr. James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, said this about sitting: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

    Experts say that sitting can lead to higher cholesterol levels, greater waist circumference, and cardiovascular and metabolic disease2. As Dr. Levine says, sitting all day really could be killing us.

    So if sitting is bad for us, but standing desks aren’t the best option either, what is there left to do? The answer could be very simple: get up and walk.

    According to a study conducted by Indiana University, a few short walks each day could negate the harmful side effects that sitting can have on our health. Saurabh Thosar, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon Health & Science University and a leader of the Indiana University study, said prolonged sitting impairs endothelial function, or the ability of blood vessels to expand from increased blood flow. The impairment of endothelial function is an early marker of cardiovascular disease.

    Thosar’s study found that participants who walked for five minutes for each hour of sitting saw their arterial function stay the same – meaning it did not decline as it normally would after a person has been sitting for three hours non-stop.

    "American adults sit for approximately eight hours a day," Thosar said. "The impairment in endothelial function is significant after just one hour of sitting. It is interesting to see that light physical activity can help in preventing this impairment."

    Make a promise to yourself to get up and take a short walk once an hour – you won’t regret it.


    (1)   “Why your work chair might be killing you,” by Hamza Ali. Published August 24, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/08/24/cnbc-sitting-at-work-health/14413451/

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  • Best Sex Positions for Preventing Lower Back Pain in Men

    Posted on September 18, 2014 by Core Products

    Back pain and Sex positionsFor the first time ever, scientists have determined which sex positions are best for avoiding lower back pain by documenting spinal movements throughout the process. In the study, researchers from the University of Waterloo measured the motions of five opposite sex couples during the act, asking them to perform as naturally as possible while motion capturing technology tracked their movement.

    As a result, physicians now have research-based recommendations to offer the men and women that come to them complaining about back pain caused or exacerbated by sex, some who have selected to abstain from sex altogether to avoid the debilitating results. The issue may be more prevalent than realized, with approximately 20% of men reporting lower back pain (LBP) during sex, and additional studies suggesting that people suffering from chronic LBP have sex less frequently as a result of their condition.

    The study’s senior author Stuart McGill originally performed the biomechanical analysis of movements and postures in order to provide clinicians with meaningful solutions to help patients with this issue. The five couples were instructed to try five different sexual positions, which included spooning as well as variations of the missionary and doggy style positions, while infrared and electromagnetic motion capture systems recorded the motions. The researchers were then able to rank the level of discomfort experienced in each position in order to identify which were the least likely to trigger pain in the lower back.

    Doctors had previously believed that spooning was a sexual position beneficial for all, but that assumption had been based off of opinion rather than research. In contradiction to the popular belief, McGill’s study found that spooning is actually one of the worst positions for the segment of men who experience pain specifically when leaning forward.

    While findings suggest that optimal positions will vary based on the person’s specific sensitivities, the study was able to determine certain positions that are generally better for people susceptible to back pain. Men who are flexion-intolerant, i.e. whose back pain worsens when leaning forward or sitting for an extended period of time, are better off in positions involving a “hip-hinging” motion over thrusting-oriented movements. While in comparison, men who are extension-intolerant, i.e. experience pain upon arching their back, would be more comfortable performing in the spooning and missionary positions.

    The best position for overall LBP avoidance was found to be with the woman on all fours and man kneeling behind her, or more commonly referred to as “doggy-style”. This position was determined to be the least taxing on the back, followed by the missionary variation with the top person propped on their hands.

    The findings of this study have the potential to improve the overall quality of life and relationships of people suffering from ongoing back pain. Researchers plan on conducting further research on the topic in the coming months, with a focus on determining which positions are better for women sufferers of back pain.



    For relief from low back pain try the WiTouch Wireless TENS device.


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  • 6 Pillows Types That Can Improve Your Sleep

    Posted on September 15, 2014 by Core Products

    Tri-Core PillowHave you been experiencing body aches and pains? If you have it may be time to examine the type of pillow you use. Pillows are commonly used under a person’s head while they are sleeping, but the following pillow types can be used under different areas of the body to improve the overall quality of a person’s sleep.

    1. Neck Pillows
    Neck pillows are commonly referred to as cervical or orthopedic pillows. Neck pillows are shaped to support the head and neck. Neck pillows can be helpful for people experiencing cervical spine problems or neck pain because they help to keep the neck aligned with the spine.

    2. Body Pillows
    Body pillows are defined by its long shape, usually as long as the body, and are favored by people who sleep on their side. People that sleep on their side utilize the body pillow to support a variety of body parts. The long shape allows a person to support their head, neck, knees and legs. The head and neck are supported by the top of the pillow and the knees and legs are supported by the bottom of the pillow; typically by placing the bottom of the pillow between the knees and the top of the pillow under the head.

    3. Knee Pillows
    Traditional rectangle pillows can be used as knee pillows. Positioning a pillow between the knees helps to alleviate strain on the lower back. Knee pillows can be used when sleeping on the side or back. By adding a pillow between the knees it keeps the legs from rotating, which keeps the spine in a neutral pain-free position.

    4. Donut Pillows
    Donut pillows are named after its circular donut-shape with center cut out. Donut pillows are used to prevent pressure on the tailbone or lower extremities. People usually sit on donut pillows by placing the donut on the seat of a person’s chair. Donut pillows can also be used while sleeping to ease pain and tension away from a bruised or broken body part.

    5. Lower Back Pillows
    Lower back pillows are used to support the inward curve of a person’s spine and help to prevent muscle tension. Traditional pillows can also be used as lower back pillows because they help to fill the natural gap between the lower spine and the surface of a bed or chair.

    6. Travel Pillows
    Travel pillows are “U” shaped pillows that fit around the neck to support the head of a person in a seated position. Travel pillows are used to prevent the neck from bending into uncomfortable positions and help to support the weight of a person’s head. Travel pillows should be used when a person is sleeping in an upright position.

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  • Five Lifehacks for People with Limited Mobility

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by Core Products

    For people with limited mobility, simply maneuvering through the halls of their home can be intimidating, not to mention venturing outside the house to enjoy the outdoors, or even going to the store to pick up groceries. But living life shouldn’t be a daunting task. Here are five great lifehacks to help people with limited mobility live life fully and safely:

    1. Optimize your home’s entrance to prevent falls. For people with limited mobility, walking up a few steps to get into the house can be difficult. To prevent falls while entering and exiting the house, make sure there is a clear and smooth path to the front door. If there are stairs or a porch leading to the front door, be sure to install a strong handrail or a sturdy ramp if needed. Ramps can be rented if needed for temporary mobility issues, or there are many ramps that can be installed permanently as well.

    2. Rearrange furniture and create more seating spaces. Try to avoid small walkways between furniture whenever possible and make sure each room has enough seating so a person with limited mobility can sit down and rest. It is also a good idea to secure all fragile decorative items on shelves and on the walls.

    3. Purchase a reacher to help with picking things up off the floor or grabbing items from higher shelves. Reachers can even be used outside the house at places like the grocery store, to help grab items that are out of reach. These items are generally very budget-friendly and can make life much easier for those with limited mobility.

    4. Invest in hand grips to use with smaller, everyday items. The thicker handles of hand grips will help those with arthritis or limited mobility use everyday items and tools with their hands, from toothbrushes to forks to crochet hooks.

    5. Enjoy the comfort of the outdoors, indoors. For people with limited mobility, going outside can sometimes be a difficult task. To bring the serenity of the outdoors inside, open a window while eating dinner, put a comfortable chair near the window with the best view, or plant a container garden that can be placed near a window for sunlight. A breath of fresh air and a few rays of sunlight can do the body and mind good!

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  • Supporting Your Child and Understanding Common Health Conditions

    Posted on September 3, 2014 by Core Products

    Four of the most common serious health conditions in children are obesity, chronic illness, developmental disabilities, and injury during sport or play. It is important to establish healthy patterns and support your child as they transition from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. Often your child will not know how to express themselves and this will lead to confusion and anger. Communication and patience are the keys to soothing your child and supporting them through difficult and often painful times.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, Obesity affects more than one third of all children and adolescents. Obesity is still misunderstood by most and is too often attributed to being weak willed or lazy. The best thing you can do to help your child is to educate yourself about the contributing factors to obesity.

    • Sleep Habits - Try to keep your child on similar sleep schedule every night. Avoiding late night snacking and staying up too late will help increase your child’s energy and activity level.
    • Portion Size – One way to help with childhood obesity is to limit portion size. You may indeed be providing a proper diet, but you could be giving them too much. Consult a pediatrician for proper portion size suggestions.
    • Diet Options – Avoid diet pills, starvation diets, or fasting – these could hinder your child’s growth and destroy their confidence. Consult a pediatrician for diet options and avoid late night grazing and snack foods. Also, try packing your child’s lunch – that way you will know what your child is eating throughout the day.
    • Exercise – This may be the most obvious option, but without accomplishing the first three bullet points you will not have an active or energetic child. Be patient with your child in the early stages and allow them to grow their confidence by playing with other kids.

    Chronic Conditions/Illness can range from two months to a lifetime of struggles. Chronic conditions may come as a surprise and leave a family feeling alone and powerless. But, there is a large support network for children and as a parent you should spend time educating yourself to benefit your child. There are several important factors to help your child cope with confusing and sometimes scary conditions. Try these four steps to help your child: Listen to your child, Learn from others, Teach your child, Encourage your child to be independent.

    Developmental Disabilities often go untreated because parents are likely to avoid or disregard obvious factors. Developmental disabilities like Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder are two of the least understood and either untreated or misdiagnosed. To support your child it is important to educate yourself and find a support system of parents and families with a similar family dynamic. Developmental disabilities range in severity and treatment, but each requires a specially designed system to comfort and support your child.

    Sprains, strains, or fractures are three of the most common ways children are injured during sport or play. One of the most common soothing techniques is the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. RICE is commonly used for soft tissue damage like sprains or strains but a more severe injury should be treated in a hospital.

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  • Core Products Sponsors Osceola Wheels and Wings Pancake Breakfast

    Posted on August 25, 2014 by Core Products

    Osceola Wheels and Wings

    Osceola, Wisconsin proudly presents the best Fly-in/Air and Classic Car show in the Midwest-on Saturday September 6th, just as the leaves start turning their glorious colors! Now in its 34th year, Wheels and Wings continues to be the largest family entertainment event of the region. Drawing over 8000 regional visitors, car and aviation enthusiasts fill the town and the airport for a full day of spectating- 750 custom classic cars from every era, motorcycles, hot rods, vintage planes, ultra lights and other incredible pieces of aviation, mechanical art and history.

    The popular Radar Run and Pancake Breakfast are in queue. Be ready for your jaw to drop as the pilots perform their acrobats and stunts with exhilarating performances. With more than 5 acres of aircraft displays,classic cars galore, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. And the best part is the admission is FREE!

    Located at the LO Simenstad  Municipal Airport,the Osceola Wheels and Wingsis growing but still retains its friendly and small town country atmosphere- part of the reason Osceola is an annual “must see” for more families every year.  To round out your day, join in on the fun at the Osceola Community Craft Fair at Mill Pond Park and in its 90th year- the Osceola Community Fair with rides, entertainment and an old fashioned community gathering  in Oakey Park.Arrive early for the Airport Pancake Breakfast to rev up your engine and start your day off right!

    Proceeds from this event benefit the Lion’s Club and the Osceola Area Chamber of Commerce, both Non-Profit organizations that give value to their members and the community. All proceeds go directly to deserving programs and charities that serve and strengthen our Community.

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