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  • Massage Therapy vs. the Chiropractor - Which is Right for You?

    Posted on March 18, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    There are many different forms of therapy and treatment for pain – including pain management, alternative treatment, and specialist care. When a specific part of your body starts hurting you’ll want to pick the treatment that’s right for you – and if you want a natural approach to pain relief, you’re likely considering massage therapy or visits to a chiropractor.

    While both practices can provide healing and pain relief to the body, their approaches are different and the pain they treat can be different, too. Read on to learn what each treatment is for, and which you may want to use for your specific physical circumstances.

    Massage Therapy

    Massage therapists are licensed professionals who have typically completed hundreds of hours of training and education (requirements vary from state to state). A massage therapist’s area of focus is solely the muscles. Muscle soreness, spasms, and muscle tension are conditions that are served by massage therapists.

    Massage therapists are not licensed to work directly on the spine, prescribe drugs, or diagnose medical conditions. However, massage therapy can help spinal health, as soft tissue massage can treat spinal alignment and lower back pain.

    If your issue is mainly muscular in nature – and a good doctor can help you determine if this is the case – a massage therapist may be the way to go. The benefits of massage therapy are varied, but include: relaxation, reduced soreness or muscle tension, aiding blood flow, and reducing anxiety.


    Chiropractors are fully licensed medical doctors who have completed a doctorate program in chiropractic care. They can perform many procedures massage therapists cannot, and can treat joints, perform spinal adjustments, make medical diagnoses and prescribe medication.

    Chiropractors can also refer you to other specialists and order x-rays, blood work, or other diagnostic procedures to help get to the root of patient conditions.

    You should consult a chiropractor if your issue is more of a serious condition – or if you need help diagnosing your condition. A chiropractor can help figure out the nature of your condition, and can treat your spine and joints if necessary. They also can refer you to a massage therapist if they believe this treatment could be beneficial.

    Choosing the Right Professional

    Generally, you should seek a massage therapist if your pain and soreness is more superficial in nature and concerns your muscles. You should seek a chiropractor if your issue is deeper – concerning your spine, joints, or other aspects of your musculoskeletal system.

    If you’re not sure of the nature of your condition, you may wish to consult your regular doctor if you’re suffering from aches and pains – they may be able to direct you to the right treatment.

    In fact, you may even end up seeing both – chiropractors often recommend massage therapy as part of ongoing treatment for aches and pains or spinal alignment issues. No matter what professional you end up seeing, taking steps to find the right treatment can make a world of difference for the well-being of your body and mind.





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  • Prenatal Precautions for Healthy, Pain-Free Backs

    Posted on March 10, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Unfortunately for many pregnant women, discomfort and pain can be a daily reality. Among many other symptoms, back pain is a major source of this discomfort. Many estimates claim that at least half of pregnant women experience back pain due to their pregnancy.

    The causes of back pain during pregnancy can vary: increased hormones that soften ligaments in the joints, a shifted center of gravity, changes in posture, and stress can all be contributing factors. Of course, it can also be as simple as the fact that you are carrying additional weight around! And, if you’ve experienced back pain previous to being pregnant, you’re at a much higher risk for back pain during pregnancy than those without previous symptoms.

    Read on to find out how to avoid (or, at least, reduce) back pain when you’re expecting.

    How to Care for My Back during Pregnancy

    Prep: First, if possible, it’s a good idea to improve or maintain your physical fitness before you get pregnant. Maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture habits, and otherwise leading a healthy lifestyle will reduce the chance of back pain during pregnancy.

    Strengthen Your Abdomen: You can actually increase your back’s ability to handle pregnancy by strengthening your abdominal muscles. This helps your abdomen carry the load of your baby, thereby putting less load on your back. Fitness professionals or your doctor may be able to recommend the right exercises – but there’s a great introductory article here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/19025-abdominal-exercises-pregnant-women/

    Use the Right Products: There are several ways the right products can help with back pain. A pregnancy support belt lifts the belly, relieving abdominal stress and pressure on your pelvis and back. Firm mattresses (or a good, solid board underneath the mattress) also keep your back in the right position. Body pillows help you find comfortable positions in which to sleep on your side (sleeping on your back or, of course, your stomach, is not recommended). Finally, a good, supportive pair of shoes – no extreme high heels or completely flat shoes – are recommended.

    Practice Good Posture and Movement: Key to avoiding back pain – pregnant or not – is good posture and movement. With a few small tweaks in your posture habits, you can at least ease your symptoms of back pain. Even though you may want to lounge or slump in your chair or on the couch, sit up straight in a chair with a good supportive cushion. When sitting, elevate your feet with a footrest. When picking something up, squat rather than bending over.

    Seek Professional Guidance: If you still need help alleviating or avoiding back pain, talk to your doctor. Doctors can recommend best practices that are custom to your specific situation, and may even recommend you see a professional physical therapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist (try to find a licensed masseuse who specializes in prenatal massage).

    Of course, if you have persistent, unbearable pain, or start experiencing symptoms far worse than your normal back pain, see a doctor immediately.


    No two pregnancies are exactly alike, but there are pretty good odds that yours could include a painful back. It’s just the nature of pregnancy’s effect on your body. However, using the above tips, you can reduce the risk of back pain. You need to do a lot to take care of your unborn child – there’s no reason to add back pain to the mix if it can be avoided.






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  • In a “Screen Slump?” Be Forewarned – Here’s How “Tech Neck” Affects Your Spinal Health

    Posted on March 1, 2016 by Core Products

    Screen Slump and Tech Neck
    By: Brian Acton

    You probably don’t think about it regularly, but you see people putting their spinal health at risk on a regular basis – and no, they’re not skateboarding or dodging through traffic.

    Perhaps they’re slouched in their cubicle at work, squinting at their computer monitor. Maybe they’re hunched over their cell phone, tapping away at a game and oblivious to the outside world. Or they’re crammed into a tiny airplane seat, at work on their laptop.

    No matter the scenario, habitually hunching over your phone , tablet, or computer monitor – known as “screen slump” – can cause major neck and back problems.

    It’s fairly well known that staring at screens can strain eyesight, and keyboard users can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, but an increasing amount of back and neck problems among young people has revealed another condition caused by our technology addiction, and it ‘s known as “tech neck.”

    A 2014 study indicated that looking down at your smartphone at a 60° angle can put 60 pounds of pressure on your neck. That’s six times the weight your neck holds when you’re standing upright. This pressure puts an abnormal amount of stress on the spine, and can cause neck pain, back pain, and potentially slipped or herniated disks.

    According to the British Chiropractic Association, 45% of 16-24 year olds suffer from back pain as a result. The body just wasn’t meant to crane the neck forward and round the shoulders – another similar posture position that is seen in cubicles across America.

    Now people are not likely to give up their smartphones and devices to increase their spinal health. Luckily, there are ways to use your computers and mobile devices without leaving yourself open to injury.

    How to Fight Tech Neck

    By reading this article, you’ve already taken the first step – an awareness of how your behavior can affect your spinal health!

    When you do use technology, make sure to practice good posture. Craning your neck towards your monitor at work is a great way to develop neck problems. Instead, sit straight in your chair – if you’re having trouble reading a document, zoom in on the monitor, not with your head.

    If you’re looking into your smartphone or tablet, hold the device away from you, preferably level with your face. That way, you aren’t hunching over your screen.

    You can also use a tablet holder or stand when you have place to put down your device. If you’re watching a video on your couch, stand your tablet up on a level surface nearby, rather than hunching over with the tablet in your lap. The same concept applies to your monitor – try and keep it at eye level and directly in front of you so you don’t have to crane or turn your neck.

    Finally, using best practices when it comes to your spinal health will go a long way in preventing injury. Stretching your neck and back will help keep you limber, as will massages. If you start feeling pain, limit your time on devices and go see a chiropractor or physical therapist for advice that’s specific to your spine.


    While we don’t foresee the general public giving up technology anytime soon, the future of our collective spinal health doesn’t need to be bleak. With good discipline, we can train ourselves to use technology without putting our necks and backs at risk.

    Of course, if you want to leave your device at home next time you go out – you may just be doing yourself a small favor.





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  • How Your Sleeping Position Can Affect Your Health

    Posted on February 23, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    We’ve all felt the benefits of a good night of sleep, as well as the dragging feeling the day after tossing and turning all night. Getting the generally recommended time to sleep – 8 hours – has a tremendous effect on our physiological health. A good night’s rest can reduce stress and make you happier, healthier, and more productive.

    But what about the way you sleep? Specifically, your sleeping position? Turns out, your body’s overnight position can impact several aspects of your health – including your spine, sleep quality, and posture. Read on to find out how your sleeping position can make the difference between a painful and pain-free body.

    On Your Back

    Sleeping on your back, arms at your sides, is generally recommended as the preferred sleeping position. If you avoid using too many pillows, sleeping this way is good for your spine and neck. The downside is that if you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping on your back can worsen symptoms.

    If you sleep on your back with your arms up (hands at or above your head’s level), you should try lowering your arms when you sleep – this position can negatively impact your shoulder joints.

    On Your Stomach

    While sleeping face down on your stomach can be good for your digestion, it’s much more likely to develop neck pain. This is because stomach-sleepers tend to tilt their head to the left or right side so they can breathe, putting stress on the neck. This position is also not ideal for the spine.

    The Fetal Position

    The fetal position is not recommended. While many people consider the most comfortable positions, our adult bodies were not meant to curve in such a way for extended periods of time. The fetal position can do damage to your neck and back.

    On Your Side

    There are a number of different variations to sleeping on your side – arms outstretched, arms flat, on your left or right side – but the advantage to all of them is that they support the spine, aren’t hard on the neck, and they alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Some studies have suggested that sleeping on the right side can exacerbate heartburn, while sleeping on the left side can put strain on your organs.

    So, if you’re a side-sleeper, it can help to switch your dominant side up to lessen the negative effects.


    As you’ve likely surmised, there is no perfect sleeping position – they all have their positives and negatives. However, after weighing the options, sleeping on the back or the sides seems to have the most positive outcomes for your neck and back. What is recommended, no matter the position, is to have the right pillow to for support. For instance, back sleepers should put a pillow beneath their spinal arch while side sleepers should hold a pillow between their knees.

    If you’re experiencing aches and pains – especially in your neck and back – think about the position you take when you’re nodding off. It could be contributing to your well being more than you’d expect.





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  • How to Shovel Snow Injury Free

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Winter weather comes with the opportunity for a variety of fun activities. Hiking through your neighborhood, building snowmen, and snowball fights are all a great source of exercise and play. Then there are the not-so-fun activities – namely, shoveling snow from our parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks.

    The good news: shoveling snow is fantastic exercise. The bad news? It puts your heart and back at risk.

    Whether you’re shoveling your own driveways or going door to door around the neighborhood to earn some money, proper technique is important to avoid injury. Here’s how to shovel snow like a pro without throwing out your back or putting your heart out of whack:

    Prep Yourself

    Before starting to shovel, you’ll want to dress yourself in your snow gear and warm up a little first. Going headlong into heavy exercise should be avoided. Instead, warm up by walking in place, doing jumping jacks, or any other lightweight activity. Stretching beforehand will help keep you limber as you shovel. Also, make sure you have water handy – you’ll want to stay hydrated throughout the process.

    Use Proper Technique

    Rather than expending loads of energy picking up snow and then tossing it with your shovel, push the snow to the edge of the area you wish to clear whenever possible. This action is much less stressful on your body.

    Once you’ve pushed snow to the edges of the area, or have no other recourse but to start lifting, you will want to use your legs to do the hard work. Bend at your knees, not at your back, and then lift with your legs. Make sure to choke up on the shovel, with one hand on the shovel’s handle and the other on the shaft near the shovel’s blade. Avoid sharply twisting your body to dump the snow from your shovel, as that motion can injure your back. Instead, turn and walk your entire body to the spot you use to deposit the snow.

    Split Up the Work

    First, you should take frequent breaks when shoveling snow. Cold temperature boosts blood pressure, and sudden activity – especially if you aren’t frequently active – puts a further strain on the heart. Take water breaks every 10-15 minutes or less if needed.

    Second, you should shovel snow every few hours as the snow falls. While it is annoying to shovel all day, it keeps the snow from piling up into a huge, unmanageable load, and thereby lessening the strain on your body.

    Pay Attention to Your Body

    If at any moment you start to feel overly winded or feel that you’ve injured yourself, stop your activity and go inside. Continuing to shovel could cause you to hurt yourself even worse. Also, if you feel the signs of a heart attack – chest pain and pain or numbness in your left arm are common symptoms – stop immediately, and if the symptoms persist, call 911 or have someone call 911 for you.

    Avoid Shoveling Altogether

    If you rarely exercise, it may be a good idea to avoid the shovel altogether. If you can, use a snow blower to clear snow – snow blowing is much easier on the body. Alternatively, many neighborhoods will see enterprising teenagers clearing out driveways for money, and if you’re completely buried, the cost is worth it!




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  • Four Lifehacks for Bad Backs

    Posted on February 8, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, you know that it can severely affect quality of life. Sufferers of back pain will have trouble doing the activities they used to enjoy – such as sports and exercise – or, if the pain is severe enough, they may even have trouble with day to day activities like getting around the house.

    We’ve compiled some advice on how to deal with your back pain, help prevent it from worsening, and maybe even provide yourself some relief.

    Don’t Switch to a Sedentary Lifestyle

     When suffering from back pain, its tempting to avoid movement altogether. While switching to a couch-potato lifestyle has its appeal – namely, avoiding the movements that are causing you pain – it can actually make things worse for you in the long run. Staying active keeps your spine more flexible, while constant inactivity is linked to numerous health problems, weight gain, and depression. Research has also shown that the more fit you are, the more your body can resist aches and pains.

    Back pain is enough of a challenge. Staying active helps keep the pain manageable and keeps other problems from piling on. Even brief, regular walks can make a huge difference in quality of life when the alternative is staying glued to the couch.

    Use the Right Sleep Position

     Did you know that the sleeping position you choose could have a major impact on your health? We spend one third of our lives asleep, and the wrong sleeping position can affect neck and back pain. Sleeping flat on your back without too much pillow support is generally considered the best practice. If sleeping on your back is uncomfortable or causes snoring, try sleeping on your side (but not in the fetal position). Cervical pillows can help properly align the spine when sleeping.

    Whatever you do, avoid sleeping on your stomach. It forces your head to one side and can cause or worsen neck and back problems.

    Practice Good Posture

    Good posture and spinal alignment places less stress and strain on your back. If you have a desk job, avoid slouching or hunching toward your screen - good lumbar pillows will help for comfort and posture when sitting.

    When you bend over or lift, make sure to use your knees, rather than your back, to do the majority of the work. Don’t twist your spine to the point of strain, either – simply turn your whole body.

    See a Professional

    All these tips, as well as practicing healthy habits such as a good diet, not smoking, and getting enough sleep can help you keep your back in good – or, at least, manageable – shape. But for advice and treatment that is customized to your specific body, you should see your doctor and get him to recommend you a specialist. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to see a massage therapist, a chiropractor, or a pain management professional. A professional doctor you trust can help you seek the treatment and relief that’s right for you.

    Sources: http://www.medicaldaily.com/sleeping-positions-stay-healthy-best-and-worst-ways-sleep-during-night-296714

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  • New Habits for the New Year

    Posted on December 28, 2015 by Core Products

    There is no better time than the start of a new year to make healthy lifestyle changes. Many vow to hit to the gym or to lose those extra holiday pounds, but even simple, small goals can lead to a great start of the year. Don’t set unrealistic goals- losing 20 pounds in a couple months is not likely realistic and you are likely going to only feel worse if you don’t meet your goal. Instead think about making attainable goals to incorporate into your everyday life.

    Make it a habit at bedtime to think about all the things you are thankful for. This will make you appreciate what you already have instead of reeling over what’s missing in your life.

    Make it a goal to get outside! Fresh air and exercise are the best ways to rejuvenate your body and mind. Take a short walk outside every day, even if it’s just around the block- or take the stairs instead of the elevator. These small choices can make a big difference in your life.

    Make playlists of songs for every mood. Online music sites like Spotify allow you to create your own personal playlists of music. The right music can make a big difference in your mood. Needing a pick-me-up? Create a list of songs that get you going. Feeling sentimental or needing to relax? Create of list of your favorite calming tunes.

    Meditate. We’ve heard it a thousand times yet we still don’t make time for it. Taking even ten minutes out of your day to meditate can reset your mood and make you more in tune with your body.

    See a doctor. A new year is a great time to do that yearly checkup to make sure you are healthy. Talk to your doctor about any issues you are having and make sure everything is operating as it should be. A simple thing like an underactive thyroid may be what’s causing you to feel so tired. Addressing those issues will make you feel better and give you peace of mind about your health.

    Remember, you don’t have to wait until the new year to make these changes. The sooner you start the better you will feel.

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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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