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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Tri-Core Pillow Side Lobes - What are they for?

    Posted on May 30, 2014 by Core Products

    While the Tri-Core™ pillow is prized by back sleepers for its ability to support the neck in its natural position, help relieve neck pain and correctly align the spine, it is also great for side sleepers. The side lobes are taller for side sleeping to help provide proper alignment of the spine and allow you to wake up feeling more refreshed.

    Watch this short video below to learn more about the side lobes.


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  • Tri-Core Pillow Sizes and Firmness Options

    Posted on May 23, 2014 by Core Products

    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the standard Tri-Core Pillow®, the medium size and petite versions? The Tri-Core Pillows are also offered in two different firmness options, standard (firm) and gentle. Watch the short videos below to see the differences.

    The difference between standard support (firm) and gentle is subtle. The gentle support option contains slightly less fiber, which reduces the height and firmness of the pillow, while retaining the same overall size.

    Learn more about the Tri-Core Pillow Family here


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  • Using Support Groups to Cope with Pain

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Core Products

    Everyone copes with pain in their own way. Whether it’s physical pain or emotional pain, we all need our own method of dealing with the obstacles life throws at us. For many, support groups offer a tremendous method of coping with pain.

    Support groups bring together groups of people who all face similar issues. Discussing and openly sharing problems with strangers might be uncomfortable at first, but simply being in a room with people who face similar issues can help us to open up, and on top of that, everything that takes place within a support group should be confidential. Coming together as a group allows individuals to share their own experiences, get advice, and offer advice of their own to other members. Just talking out our problems with people in similar situations can have a powerful healing effect.

    While support groups might not be the best solution for everyone, many people find it helpful to look outside their immediate circle of friends and family for additional support. Even though our friends and family have good intentions, they’re not always able to fully understand what we’re going through. We each have our own unique problems – but it’s more than likely that someone else out there is facing a similar obstacle or is feeling similar pain. While support groups can’t and shouldn’t replace medical care, they can supplement care and can serve as a valuable resource.

    The benefits of support groups are endless. One of the biggest benefits is that support groups help individuals understand that they are not alone. Members of support groups feel less lonely and less isolated, and they gain a sense of empowerment and control, improve coping skills, and reduce distress, depression and anxiety.

    Support group members often get and give practical, realistic advice and information based on first-hand experience. Members also share notes and thoughts about resources, like doctors, medical treatments, and alternative options.

    Support groups are usually free to attend, or they may have a nominal fee. Typically, support groups are sponsored by hospitals, religious institutions, or non-profit agencies. There are also online support groups and forums for people who live in remote areas, or individuals are who unable to attend in-person meetings for a variety of reasons. Forums and chat rooms allow participants to exchange stories and ask and answer questions. However, it is important to note that these online groups are not always monitored by professionals, so some of the information presented might be inaccurate.

    To find a support group, start by asking your doctor, counselor or other healthcare professionals. Oftentimes doctors are able to refer patients to vetted support groups. Family and friends might also know of support groups in your area, or if you know anyone with a similar condition, they could be of assistance. You can also start online or at your local library by researching city, state and national groups for certain conditions. Many national foundations have “resource” centers on their website, where you can find more information and search for local groups.

    Look for a support group that works for you, and always contact your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.


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  • Five Jobs that are Tough on the Body

    Posted on May 16, 2014 by Core Products

    We spend 40 hours a week – sometimes more, way more – working. That’s almost a quarter of our lives once we reach adulthood, and that’s assuming you work the minimum 40 hour work week (we know a huge percentage of the population works more than that). Since we spend so much time at work, it’s important to consider how our jobs and work environments might affect our overall health.

    Certain jobs put more stress on our bodies than others do, and that stress can come in many different forms. From back and neck pain to sore feet to sunburn and even more serious injuries, some jobs are just more hazardous than others.

    While every job surely has effects on our health, here are five jobs that are toughest on our bodies:

    1. Maintenance workers and construction workers: The construction and maintenance industries boast some of the most physically grueling manual labor jobs. These industries pose arthritis risks, risk of injury, and risk of sunburn and even sun poisoning since many construction and maintenance workers are outdoors all day.
    2. Law enforcement officers and firefighters: Law enforcement officers and firefighters risk their lives on the job every day, often putting themselves in very dangerous situations that carry a high risk for injury. Police officers are on their feet all day with very few breaks. These jobs carry not only physical stress, but emotional stress as well.
    3. Nurses and orderlies: Nurses and orderlies are on their feet running around for most of the day, and often strain their backs trying to lift patients and move patients around. These jobs can be both physically and mentally exhausting, as nurses and orderlies are required to maintain professionalism while dealing with very difficult situations and providing emotional support to patients.
    4. Truck drivers: The trucking industry can put major stress on the body, as drivers have to do a lot of heavy lifting of cargo. Truckers often have poor posture and a high risk of back arthritis from sitting and slumping over at the wheel all day.
    5. Professional athletes: So many young boys and girls dream of becoming professional athletes, but their childhood dreams probably don’t include the broken bones and aching joints that come along with the job. Many professional sports also put athletes at increased risk of brain injury due to concussions sustained on the field.

    Knowing the physical stressors of your occupation is important to maintaining overall health. Once you know what the downfalls are, you can take preventive measures to correct them.


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  • Core Products Invited as a Prior Award Recipient at PCEDC Business Awards Luncheon

    Posted on May 16, 2014 by Core Products

    BALSAM LAKE – Prior Award Recipient Guests were recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for their contributions to economic and community development in Polk County, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Paradise Landing May 13.

    For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit www.polkcountyedc.com.

    Core Products Photo

    FRONT ROW L to R: Amanda Troff, NEI Electric, Laura Rockford, Trollhaugen, Sandra Williams, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Caroline Rediske, Sew Creative, Shari Overby, Westconsin Credit Union.

    BACK ROW L to R: Royce Keehr, Core Products International, Ray Gessler, SMC-Amery, Brent Ledbury, SMC-Amery, Dave Dobosenski, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Jim Rockford Jr., Trollhaugen, Phil Mattison, Core Products International, Scott Ostrom, Marketplace Food and Liquor, Carol Kraft, Marketplace Foods and Liquor, Donna Betts, Marketplace Foods and Liquor, Tammy Twedt-Close, Bremer Bank, Steve Rediske, Sew Creative, Chris Nelson, Nelson Construction Services.


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  • Creating Good Posture Habits in Your Children

    Posted on May 13, 2014 by Core Products

    Backpack Lumbar SupportMay is National Correct Posture Month, so now is a great time to take a look at our own posture habits, as well as those of our children. Studies show that poor posture is a leading cause of back and neck pain at all ages – from children to the elderly. Poor posture has also been linked to headaches, digestive problems, breathing problems and circulation problems.

    Working professionals find themselves hunched over their keyboards and leaning back in their desk chairs. Teenagers are often slumped on the couch playing video games or slouching while texting. Young children are even plagued with poor posture due to heavy school backpacks.

    But the good news is there are easy ways to strengthen posture, and the earlier you create good posture habits in your children, the better.

    Creating good posture habits in your children starts with being a good role model. If a child sees their parents slouching and hunching over, they are likely to mimic that behavior. Setting a good example is the first step to correcting posture in our children. Tell children to stand up straight and tall, with their shoulders back and chin up. The simple act of straightening up can give children, or anyone else, a quick confidence booster.

    Parents can have children practice sitting up straight, and then take a try at slouching, just so they can feel the difference. To help a child understand what good posture feels like, tell them to imagine that their head is being lifted up by a balloon. The balloon lifts their head up and their body up, but it keeps their feet planted firmly on the ground. This analogy is fun and easy for children to understand.

    Next, parents should focus on what situations might be causing children to have poor posture. Once this has been determined, parents can take action to support proper posture. For instance, if a child is constantly using a laptop computer or tablet in bed or on the couch, they are probably slouching over. To support correct posture, parents can provide a desk and chair appropriate for the child’s size and age to encourage the child to sit up and support their spine, rather than slouch over.

    Of course, regular exercise and play time will help to strengthen muscles and bones and will encourage good posture in both children and adults.

    Correct posture is a key element of overall health. Start creating good posture habits in your children today!


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  • Breaking Down Scoliosis: The Many Types

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Core Products

    Scoliosis is defined at the sideways curvature of the spine. While it is normal for the spine to curve just a bit, a more severe curve that looks like a “C” or an “S” is abnormal. Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty and can have many different causes, such as birth defects, neuromuscular conditions, and injuries or infections of the spine. However, many times the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Most of the time scoliosis is mild, but some children do develop more severe spine deformities as they grow.

    Scoliosis can sometimes be identified by its symptoms, including: uneven shoulders, an uneven waist, one hip that is higher than the other or one shoulder blade that is more prominent than the other. Additional signs of scoliosis could be back pain and exhaustion after standing for a long period of time.

    The most common type of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis, which is grouped by age:

    • Infantile scoliosis: in children age 3 and younger.
    • Juvenile scoliosis: in children age 4 through 10.
    • Adolescent scoliosis: in children age 11 through 18.

    In addition to idiopathic scoliosis, other types of scoliosis include congenital scoliosis and neuromuscular scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is present at birth, when a baby’s ribs or spine bones do not form properly. Neuromuscular scoliosis, on the other hand, is caused by a nervous system problem that affects the muscles. Neuromuscular scoliosis can be caused by cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and polio.

    The prognosis for each case of scoliosis depends on the type, cause and the severity of the spinal curve. Some people with scoliosis can treat it with a spinal brace while others might have surgery.

    The majority of people with scoliosis have a mild form of the disorder, but some people with more severe scoliosis can develop complications such as lung and heart damage, chronic back pain into adulthood and low self-esteem due to changes in appearance.

    Regular scoliosis screenings are now done in most middle schools across the country, hoping to catch the disorder early. An early screening and detection can make a huge difference in the outlook for a child with scoliosis.

    If you think your child might have scoliosis, please contact your doctor.

    Sources:

    * http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/scoliosis/basics/definition/con-20030140

    * http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001241.htm


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  • The Importance of Hobbies for Happiness and Stress Relief

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Core Products

    How many times have you wished you had time to pick up a new hobby or skill? Often, we pine for the time and resources to learn to play a new instrument, write a book, plant a garden, etc. The common reason many people never pursue these activities is that they feel they just don’t have a time.

    The Benefits of Hobbies

    RC Helicopter HobbyHowever, people with stressful jobs, family responsibilities, and busy schedules need hobbies just as much, if not more, than the person with less on their plate. Hobbies are extremely beneficial in relieving our stress and promoting our health and happiness.

    Hobbies provide a number of important benefits. They provide us a break from responsibilities and work, and give us an outlet to use our free time to do something we love or care about. Many hobbies, such as group sports, book clubs, or other social pastimes give us an opportunity to expand our social circles and have a social life outside of our families and co-workers (which any busy parent can tell you is important to do once in a while).

    Psychologically, performing an activity that gives you pleasure, such as playing music or golfing, gives you a boost and brings joy to your life. If you want more happiness and less stress, hobbies are a valuable tool in achieving that. In addition, hobbies help to rejuvenate our senses and keep stress overload at bay. If your job is overwhelmingly busy on a regular basis, a few hours a week recharging through a favorite pastime is extremely valuable.

    At Core Products, we strive to promote health and pain-free lives, and hobbies can help us with that too. We’ve recently been talking about how much stress plays a factor in contributing to pain – chronic stress, with no relief, can exacerbate neck and back pain. Stress also breaks down our resistance to pain, so that aches and injuries we receive can actually feel worse than they should. Hobbies relieve stress, which can lead to less pain – so we’re all for them!

    Making Time for Pastimes

    So we’ve covered why hobbies are important, but as we know, it’s so easy for them to fall by the wayside in the face of our time-consuming obligations, like work, school, or taking care of family. How can we make time?

    First, determine what you can cut back on and prioritize. Chances are, you don’t want to skip doing the laundry or helping your kids with homework – but how much time do you spend watching TV? Do you ever have downtime on the weekends you spend on the couch? Identify any times you could be spending on recreation – chances are, there’s more of it than you think.

    Next, schedule a regular time to spend with this hobby. It may not sound relaxing for your pastime to be on a schedule, but you’ll be glad you set aside time for your hobby once you’re on a regular schedule – otherwise, it’s too easy to put it off. Make sure you let others (family members, friends) that you will be unavailable during this time (or invite them along if it’s a group activity).

    Finally, get up and do it! Much of the battle when doing anything is just getting started. Even if you don’t feel like it, or you have other things to do, get up and use the time you’ve scheduled. If your hobby is something you’re passionate about, it won’t be long before you settle into the groove and find yourself actually having fun!

    Good luck, and get out there!

    We hope you’re inspired to give yourself a little “me” time. Whether you love to golf, paint, play music, or go hiking, It’s important to your happiness and stress level to get out there and do it! You won’t be doing your career, family, or schoolwork any good if your stress level is cranked to 11 all day long. In fact, you’ll be due for a meltdown. Do your body, and your mind, some good and relax with something you love to do. You’ll thank yourself later!


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