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Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • 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.

    Sources:

    (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.

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/09/10/us-pain-back-sex-idINKBN0H52CQ20140910

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/09/10/bad-back-these-are-the-best-sex-positions-to-ease-the-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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