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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Cold Laser Today, Radio Show with Phil Mattison

    Posted on February 27, 2014 by Core Products

    Host: Mike Barbour talks with Guest: Phil Mattison, Founder & President Core Products International about various topics including orthopedic products used at home, after cold laser therapy.

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  • Price vs Quality – Striking a Balance with Health Products

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by Core Products

    Tri-Core Pillow FamilyFinding the right health care products to manage your pain is extremely important. It’s crucial to strike the right balance between cost and quality – obviously, a product of high quality is needed to best manage your pain. You don’t want anything that will degrade quickly. However, quality products have higher manufacturing cost and cost a little more – if you’re on a budget, you will need to locate the right products without paying a restrictive price.

    Core Products wants to provide the best quality pillows, massagers, and pain management products for its customers, and understands that two of the main concerns for shoppers are price and quality. With that in mind, we have put together the following a few tips for finding quality pain management products without breaking your bank account.

    First, let’s get into shopping for quality products:

    1. Shop with Companies that Back up Their Products: With quality in mind, look for manufacturers that guarantee their products and offer warranties or returns. Pillows or massagers with shoddy manufacturing can fall apart easily over time. Not only will you be disappointed with your product, but your pain will continue to be unaddressed.

    Companies that guarantee satisfaction with warranties or generous return policies believe in their products. They offer guarantees because they know a majority of their customers will be happy and satisfied. If you are considering a health care product, avoid companies that don’t explicitly guarantee their product quality. 

    1. Look for Products Manufactured in the US: Products manufactured in the US are held to higher manufacturing and quality guidelines than many other countries. If something is manufactured in the US, it is generally going to have a higher chance of product quality because of these guidelines.
    2. Buy Health Care Products from Health Care Experts: Ordering a health care product online? Do your research first! You wouldn’t assume a doctor is an expert on buying clothes – don’t assume any retailer is an expert on health!  

    Look around the website of the manufacturer. Do they have an established history of manufacturing health products? Do the product reviews attest to pain relief or quality management of your health condition?

    You might also want to check the website’s blog, articles, or social media. If they are producing a lot of content with quality health care advice and expertise, chances are they have some health care knowledge and are genuinely interested in helping their customer. If they sell everything from neck pillows to car parts, they may not be the specialists you want.

    Now you have some knowledge on the quality of your health care product, and you’ve found some great options.  Quality products come at a higher price, however – how can you try and exercise wallet control?

    1. Look for Sales: There are regular sales on comfort pillows, massage oils, and other products. If you’ve got a favorite product manufacturer, sign up for their email newsletters and social media pages. If they’re having a sale, they will want you to take advantage, and they’ll announce it. Taking advantage of sales over time will help you stock up an arsenal of weapons to manage that stiff neck or painful back!
    2. Establish your budget, then find the right product: Let’s say you need a new neck pillow. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend before you get online. Most retailers allow you to search within your category of products, and sort your options by price. 

    Now you should have a list of neck pillows. Find the cutoff point for price to narrow down your selection, and then check the reviews and descriptions of the remaining pillows to find the right one for your needs, within your budget.

    1. Remember the lifetime value: Yes, higher quality products cost more. But lower quality products will break down faster, and have to be replaced. Consider the lifetime value of your purchase. The higher the quality, the less replacements you will have to buy throughout the years.
    2. Consider Your Insurance Options: Some insurance providers will help pay for products that manage health conditions. Find out if your provider might be able to help you with your purchases, and if so, what you can qualify to get assistance with.

    Pain and discomfort directly impact your quality of life, so you want a quality product to help manage and relieve your pain. With our tips, you can find a quality manufacturer from a company that has genuine interest in helping you improve your life with chronic pain. Of course, many of us are on a budget – our tips on finding products that won’t empty your wallet can help you find quality products at a decent price.

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  • Minnesota Boy Raises Money for Juvenile Arthritis

    Posted on February 19, 2014 by Core Products

    We recently came across the story of a truly inspirational young man dealing with nearly constant pain. Instead of letting himself be limited, however, he has continued on as a gifted athlete and is working hard to help others with similar conditions. After seeing his story we just had to share with our readers (All credits go to CBS for airing the original story).

    Jarret Michie, an 11-year old boy from Minnesota, suffers from chronic pain caused by his juvenile arthritis. He was diagnosed with the condition two years ago, and as a result of the condition he has very severe pain in his back and legs. On a monthly basis, Jarrett visits the hospital for medication to treat his pain, and takes shots on a weekly basis. He also treats his condition with medication and physical therapy.

    However, this hasn’t stopped him from playing youth basketball; on the court, he tries to ignore the pain as best he can, and manages his pain after games with ice packs.

    We at Core products particularly liked his commitment to athletics; it demonstrates perfectly that having arthritis or pain does not mean you can no longer be physically active. Through massages, ice packs, and prescribed medicine, arthritic people can manage their pain after workouts or regular exercise.

    Other tools can help mitigate pain at the time of physical activity. Lightweight supports, pads, and sleeves for your knees, wrists, and elbows can be worn during physical activity without slowing you down. Hook and loop closure on these supports allow the user to adjust the size, loosening the support during times of physical activity and tightening it back up during periods of rest.

    Last year, for the Juvenile Arthritis March, Jarrett’s organized a team and raised over $20,000 for research into the condition. The organization took notice and will honor Jarrett at this year’s event, at which he has been asked to give a speech to represent fellow children with juvenile arthritis.

    Traditionally, arthritis is viewed as an adult condition. However, over 300,000 children in the United States suffer from juvenile arthritis. Recently, organizations have been holding events to raise awareness of the juvenile condition and raise money for research. Jarrett and everyone involved in the yearly Juvenile Arthritis March are encouraging others to donate to benefit research into the condition. You can find Jarrett’s team and donate here.

    We at Core Products support Jarrett’s mission and wish to remind readers that arthritic and athletic injuries are best treated both during times of physical activity and during times of rest. Young people with injuries and pain need support and pain relief as much as adults with similar conditions, and we hope Jarrett’s story is a valuable lesson: pain and arthritis are not necessarily the end for fun, athletic physical activity.

    To read the original story and watch the video news report on Jarrett, see the article here: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/16/twin-cities-boy-raising-money-while-battling-juvenile-arthritis/

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  • Cold Weather and Joint Pain

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Core Products

    There has long been a connection between the human body and the weather – if you have a family member who has claimed the weather effects the pain in an arthritic knee, you have a lot of company. In fact, many people claim that they can predict when it will rain based on when their joints start acting up – and although scientific explanations for this phenomenon are still sketchy, there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that suggests a valid correlation.

    Cold and wet seasons are especially taxing for people with arthritic joint pain. It explains the cliché of retirees flocking to warm weather states, and the cliché of joint pain predicting the weather. So what’s the real connection?

    Scientific studies so far have been conflicted. Some studies have found strong correlations between cold or wet weather and joint pain. Some studies have found no connection whatsoever.

    Many recent studies, however, have suggested that the cold weather itself is not what causes joint pain, but the changes in the weather. Much in the same way that wood contracts and expands depending on the season, your body reacts similarly. When storm or cold weather systems approach, the barometric pressure (essentially the force of the atmosphere on its surroundings) drops. When that happens, matter that the barometric pressure has been constricting (in this case, the tissues in your body) can now expand. When the tissues expand, they put more pressure against your nerves, causing arthritis pain to feel more intense.

    So how do you manage your joint pain in cold and wet weather?

    One important thing, of course, is to dress warmly. Make sure your head hands, and feet are well insulated to keep heat from escaping your body.

    Another way is to stay active. Your initial reaction to cold and nasty weather is to stay inactive and indoors. However, inactivity will end up stiffening your joints and causing them to suffer once you do get moving. If you do plan on staying indoors, make sure you’re up and active – even household chores, taking the stairs at work, or playing with a pet can help your joints stay active and limber.

    Finally, eat healthy! Avoid rich and fried foods that lead to joint inflammation.

    Although the scientific confirmation is still pending, it's widely accepted in the arthritis community that nasty weather can be especially hard on your joint pain. Unless you’re planning on moving somewhere warm, you can use these tips to stay one step ahead of Winter.

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