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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Promoting Equine Muscle Health – Horse Health Tips

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Core Products

    Equisports Equine Professional Massager Many of our customers are familiar with our products intended for human use – but we are avid horse-lovers and fans, and we believe that healthy, relaxed muscles are important for the happiness of our equine friends as well!

    We developed our Equine Massager with athletic horses in mind – owners and trainers expect their horses to perform athletic feats on a regular basis. But, much the same as humans, all that wear and tear without the right treatment can lead to pain in your horse’s muscles and the dreaded “tie-up.” In mild cases of tie-up, horses will feel stiff after exertion, and in more severe cases, their gluteus or hamstring muscles can seize up and make any movement extremely painful. It’s important to note that some horses are genetically predisposed towards tie-up, and may need specialized treatment at the advice of professionals.

    Using the Equine massager and other techniques can help prevent painful muscles and tie-up for horses. Since the weather is warming up, our thoughts are turning to our horses and their health as they begin to exercise and train more strenuously – with that in mind, we are providing a few tips to keep your horse happy and his or her muscles healthy and relaxed.

    1. Regular exercise – Horses need exercise daily. You should avoid leaving your horse in its stall for more than two days. Keep their rest periods to a minimum, and keep a regular routine of exercise. Exercises can be increased in intensity over time. Any strenuous exercise should be preceded by a warm-up period and followed with a cool-down period, much the same as you might do before going for a run.
    2. Diet – Keeping your horse’s diet on a minimum level of grain, with a higher percentage of oils (along with supplements to reduce stress) can help manage your horse’s muscle health. It’s important to talk to a veterinarian to determine the proper diet for your specific horse. If your horse is tying up, you can perform the “pinch test” – pinch the horse’s skin and see if it springs back quickly. If it doesn’t, your horse may be dehydrated and need frequent sips of water (or intravenous fluids in severe cases).
    3. Massage therapy – there are a number of different factors that can contribute to tie-up, and one of them is the buildup of lactic acid in the horse’s muscles. With our massager, you can help relax your horse’s muscles by increasing blood flow, expediting the elimination of waste buildup in the muscles, and relieving aches and pains.

    With these tactics, you can help prevent your horse’s muscles from seizing or treat muscles that have had problems in the past. It’s essential to talk to your veterinarian regarding diet, exercise, and treatment of your horse, especially if muscle tie-up is a chronic problem. We don’t just want our horses to perform – we want them to be healthy and happy. Ensuring their muscles are relaxed and in good shape is one important aspect of their overall health and condition.

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  • Tips to De-Stress in the Evening

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Core Products

    Relaxing in a hot bathIt’s been another incredibly long day, and you just can’t seem to shake the stress you’ve been carrying.  April is National Stress Awareness Month, and here at Core Products we want to help you enjoy your “me-time” a little bit more.  Here are 5 tips to take the stress out of your evening routine.

    1. Turn Off – Take 30-45 minutes and ban yourself from stimulating activities, including texting or working on a computer. We are so overly-stimulated on a regular basis; we need this time each night to let our bodies relax and step away from the constant “buzz”.
    2. Deep Breathing – Meditation and prayer isn’t for everyone, but try taking 10 minutes to just sit and take deep breaths. For those 10 minutes, focus just on deep breathing. Every time you find your mind going elsewhere, bring it back to your deep breaths. After 10 minutes, your body and mind should be more at ease.
    3. Hot Bath – It might seem silly, but hot baths are proven to relax your muscles. One little-known benefit to a relaxing hot bath is that it also works to raise your body temperature which helps many people fall asleep.
    4. Exercise – There is no better way to beat nighttime stress than a good work out. However, make sure your workout is at least 3 hours before you go to bed to avoid interrupting your sleep cycle.
    5. Tea – Herbal tea has been found to be very relaxing and can even help some people sleep. After a long hard day, avoid the alcohol and try a new herbal tea instead.

    In addition to these helpful de-stressors, try to identify what is causing the stress in your life. Work? Your partner? Family? Money? Figure out what is creating your stress, write it down and find a plan to de-stress that aspect of your life.  If it is money, create a budget and stop lending your extra cash to friends. If it is work, you may need to get more specific and find some top managing tips so you leave the work life at your desk. For stress created by a partner or family, talk it out and open the lines of communication.

    Knowing how to manage your stress is important to your health. With these tips you can take the needed time to wind down after a long day

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  • Methods for Alleviating Joint Pain

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Core Products

    Core Products Knee SupportFinally spring is here and the last thing you want holding you back from the beautiful weather is joint pain. When joint pain really starts acting up, you just want to lie in bed all day, but this is not the best long term solution. Studies have shown people manage joint pain better if they exercise regularly and stay flexible. Today, Core Products is walking through 5 exercises that will help you manage your joint pain this spring.

    1. Walking: While it may seem basic, something as simple as walking regularly strengthens muscles, which shifts pressure away from joints and reduces pain. The compression and release of cartilage in your knees also brings beneficial oxygen to your joints. Start by walking 10 minutes at least 3-5 days a week. As you get stronger, start to take longer walks and increase your speed.
    2. Yoga – Beginner yoga classes provide simple, gentle movements that gradually build strength, balance, and flexibility. Practicing yoga can reduce inflammation as well as increase your energy. Keep in mind, the majority of yoga poses can be adapted for people with limited range of motion.
    3. Indoor Cycling:  Cycling or Spin Classes provide a great way to get in a cardiovascular workout without putting a lot of stress on your joints. Indoor cycling classes are typically a staple in any gym community and are offered several times a week.  Not use to cycling? Start off small with 5-10 minute sessions 3-5 times a week until you get used to riding.
    4. Tai Chi – This traditional style of Chinese martial arts provides slow, rhythmic movements that promote balance, strength, and flexibility. The slow and controlled movements featured in Tai Chi are beneficial to those looking for joint pain relief because they put very little force on our joints.
    5. Water Workouts: Warmer water, between 83 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, helps relax muscles and decrease pain. Exercises like swimming, water aerobics, walking and jogging in water are beneficial for stiff or sore joints. Water helps support your body as you move, reducing stress and offering resistance without weights.

    The next time your joint pain acts up, don’t let it hold you back from the beautiful weather. Start to think about ways you can incorporate daily exercise and flexibility stretches into your daily routine so you can actively reduce your joint pain.

    Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise, Core Products recommends consulting with your primary care doctor to develop a plan tailored to your needs.

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  • Correlation Found Between Spinal Cord Injuries and Sleep Apnea

    Posted on April 5, 2014 by Core Products

    CPAP Pillow for use with CPAPNew research suggests that if you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be at a much higher risk for sleep apnea.

    In a recent study on sleep patterns published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, researchers found that over 75% of spinal cord injury survivors suffer from sleep apnea. The study’s participants all had chronic spinal cord injuries due to a cervical or thoracic injury. An even greater 92% of participants reported poor sleeping patterns.

    Participants in the study who had sleep apnea suffered from either obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway becomes blocked during sleep, or central sleep apnea, in which the brain doesn’t send the right signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

    While obstructive sleep apnea is common among the greater population, central sleep apnea is more complicated and requires specialized treatment.

    “The majority of spinal cord injury survivors have symptomatic sleep-disordered breathing and poor sleep that may be missed if not carefully assessed,” said lead researcher Dr. Abdulghani Sankari.

    This study confirms the need for spinal cord injury patients to be diligent in assessing their sleep health. With spinal cord injuries comes a greater risk of dangerous sleep disorders. If you have a spinal cord injury, don’t wait to talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns and how to test for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

    Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine press release (January 2014)

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