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Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • Ankle Sprains, Stress Fractures and Foot injuries Increase in Winter

    Posted on December 31, 2014 by Core Products

    Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie snowboarding down the steepest slope or just walking on an icy sidewalk, freezing temperatures and winter weather make for slippery conditions - which makes sense that more foot and ankle related injuries occur this season. Some hospitals report a 500 percent increase in trips to the emergency room for falls and slips alone.

    Ankle sprains are the most common leg and foot injury. They occur when you roll over from the inside to the outside of your foot. This movement stretches or tears the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. There are many ways to prevent this from happening. Exercising and stretching help you maintain strength, balance, and flexibility. Wearing well-fitted shoes and firm support also helps.

    Our PowerWrap® Ankle Brace provides extra stability and support whether you’re playing sports or at home. The brace is built with our Positive Tensioning System which gives you a custom fit every time without needing to tie any laces or worry about taping.

    If the unfortunate occurs and you do wind up with an ankle injury, the PowerWrap® Ankle Brace is also designed for post-injury. The lace design provides excellent compression and outside/inside support while walking, reduces swelling and can help with knee hyper-extension without restricting necessary motion or reducing strength.

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  • Staying Hydrated this Winter

    Posted on December 28, 2014 by Core Products

    It seems, for the most part, we’re all well aware the importance of staying hydrated. In the summer, it’s easy. Most people are so hot they carry around cool drinks throughout the day.

    Well, winter isn’t coming – it’s already here. Make sure staying hydrated isn’t an afterthought.

    Hydration needs do not change with the seasons. Humans still need about the same amount of water as they do any other time of year. For those who find themselves exercising in winter, water is still just as important as it was in the summer. Our body loses water the same ways it did a few months ago. Winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, etc.) are as strenuous as summer activities.

    Getting into the habit of regularly drinking water all day can also help the immune system. To fight illnesses our bodies create mucous which requires ample water to make. Mind the warning signs for dehydration and be sure to drink some fluids if you’re thirsty. Urine should be pale yellow to almost clear but some foods may impact the color.

    A few tips for staying hydrated in winter:

    -        Drink water: This is a no-brainer. Try to drink at least a glass with each meal. That should help ensure you’re getting the right amount each day.

    -        Limit caffeine: A tried and true method all year-round. Limiting the amount of caffeine drinks will help retain water.

    -        Eat your liquids: Soup will not only help to hydrate you but also warm you up after coming in from the cold.

    -        Eat salty foods: Along with eating liquids, salty dishes help your body retain water.

    -        Short showers: Help keep your skin from drying out by avoiding long, hot showers.

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  • Benefits of Cervical Pillows

    Posted on December 25, 2014 by Core Products

    If you’re sore on the daily, it might be a good idea to look at your sleep habits. The way we sleep can cause a lot of pain and body aches and an easy way to get that in check is to look at our pillows. The right (or, in some cases, wrong) pillow can make a world of difference.

    Cervical pillows help correct and maintain your spine. Sleeping in proper alignment helps to prevent headaches, neck and upper back strains, arthritis, and other ailments caused by improper sleeping posture. Quality sleep will also give users of this pillow style the rest they need to perform at their very best.

    Core Products’ uniquely shaped pillows provide options for both back sleepers and side sleepers. The Tri-Core® Cervical Pillow family is our best-selling orthopedic pillow. The shape of these pillows support the head and neck better than standard pillows bought in a store. People experiencing cervical spine problems or neck pain on a nightly basis should consider purchasing a pillow specifically designed for proper alignment of the spine.

    A few things cervical pillows help by providing proper neck support:

    Neck muscle and joint strains and sprains
    Tension headaches
    Whiplash injuries
    Morning hand stiffness and swelling
    Temporomandibular disorders
    Snoring (in some cases)

    The intention of cervical pillows’ design is to help alleviate and eliminate the symptoms causing the pains listed above. If you or a loved one are looking for a drug-free sleep aid consider testing out a pillow created to help you get a good night’s rest and relieve you from bothersome neck and back pain.

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  • 5 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Core Products

    Whether you’ve hurt yourself from manual labor or have been dealing with muscle aches and cramps, there are plenty home remedies to sooth your aches, sprains and strains. From at-home spa treatments to essential oils, we’ve rounded up five home remedies for sore muscles.

    1. Treat yourself to an Epsom salts bath. A cup or two of Epson salt dissolved in a warm bath works wonders for aching muscles because Epson salts are made up of magnesium sulfate, a natural muscle relaxant.
    2. Indulge in coconut oil. Using 2-3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day in cooking and applied on foods help treat sore muscles and leg cramps.
    3. Get a massage. Whether you book an appointment with a professional or your significant other is feeling generous, massages helps to stimulate blood circulation, which speeds healing. Combine with essential oils (peppermint, lavender or roman chamomile) and enjoy the double benefit.
    4. Exercise. If you’re just stiff and sore, your muscles will stay tense if you don’t do much. Whether it’s running, walking, or doing yoga, stay active!

    Use a CorPak! Soft Comfort CorPaks is the perfect solution to relieve strains, sprains, headaches, and other soft tissue injuries. No need to wrap these packs in a towel, simply cool in the freezer for acute care to help controlling swelling and blood flow, or warm in the microwave to aid muscle relaxation.

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  • How to Skip Hibernation and Stay Active This Winter

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Core Products

    Let’s face it: when cold temperatures settle in and precipitation mounts, it can be tough to get out and exercise regularly. Maybe you’re an outdoor running enthusiast who feels trapped inside or a gym buff who would rather not brave the cold commute. Whatever the case may be, consistent exercise year-round not only makes us feel better – it also helps stave off viruses that seem to get passed around the office so easily this time of year. Whether at home or in the office, here are our top 5 tips for getting your blood pumping while the snow is blowing:

    1. Stretch! Stretching is an important part of any exercise regimen, and can help refresh you during long days at your desk. Pause for a few minutes midday to stretch your arms, legs, and core, holding each position for 30 seconds.
    2. Walk, don’t email. Need to communicate with your coworker down the hall? Get up and pay him or her a face-to-face visit. Walking is a great way to boost circulation during an otherwise sedentary day, and intentionally carving out time to replace virtual communication with on-your-feet activity will help increase your walking time throughout the day.
    3. Revisit those workout videos. Remember the days of skin-tight unitards and tube socks with sneakers? Well, feel free to skip the attire, but consider turning on a workout video to get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own home.
    4. Find a buddy. It can be hard to motivate ourselves to maintain a healthy routine, so pair off with a coworker or family member who has similar goals. Schedule coffee walks periodically throughout the day or set aside time in the morning or evening to do some at-home exercises together – no equipment required!
    5. Get cleaning. Did you know an hour of housework can burn up to 200 calories? Make it a priority to limit couch time and reallocate it for scrubbing, washing, organizing, and vacuuming. Hate chores? Turn up your favorite tunes, and go ahead – use that broom handle as a microphone.

    What other ways have you found to stay healthy during cold winter months? 

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  • Core Products Holiday Gift Guide: Support Belts

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Core Products

    8 in 10 people suffer from back pain. Clearly the chance you or someone you know suffers from some form of back pain is quite high. If you’re considering a back support belt as a gift this holiday season you should know there are many different types for a number of situations.

    Ranging from chiropractic belts to maternity belts Core Products has the right belt for whatever situation you’re shopping for. Don’t forget to check with your health care professional to see if a back support could help in alleviating your back pain.

    Abdominal & Rib Belts

    Rib belts provide stabilization and support for anyone with a rib or sternum injury. These belts hold the rib cage in position lessening the pain caused by everyday movements. Abdominal belts may accelerate the healing process post-surgery by increasing circulation. They also help relieve bone and ligament aches and strains. These also provide stability to the rib cage.

    Maternity Support Belts

    Maternity support belts are great if you happen to have poor posture or a job that involves a lot of time on your feet. They’re also a good idea if you or the person you know has had previous hip and back pain.

    Lumbar Support & Lifting Support Belts

    Lifting support belts help workers prevent injury to their backs while lifting heavy objects. These belts provide additional compression and support on the back. The CorFit Industrial Back Support Belt 7500 is a great example of a Core Products lifting belt available for any size adult. Lumbar support belts come in various styles and sizes so there’s a good chance we have the support belt your back needs for almost any situation.

    Sacroiliac and Trochanter Belts

    Sacroiliac belts and Trochanter belts are designed to alleviate pain, promote healing, and increase the function of your pelvis. The CorFit Sacroiliac Back Support Belt wraps around hips and compresses the pelvis and sacroiliac joints relieving instability and painful stress.

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  • New Study Reveals Bad Smartphone Posture Leads to Back Pain

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Core Products

    Who would’ve thought doing something so simple and seemingly insignificant could result in terrible health problems?  We’re talking about the way you look at your smartphone and almost everyone is doing it—so you’re not alone.

    According to a recent article on CBS News, the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, found that bending your head at a 60 degree angle to get a better look at your selfie is putting 60 pounds’ worth of pressure on your cervical spine.

    We’re designed to stand upright but in a social media savvy world, we spend 2 to 4 hours a day on average with our neck bent at an unnatural angle while sending text messages and emails. Talk about bad smartphone posture! Even tilting your head 15 degrees puts 27 pounds of pressure on your spine.

    Bad posture also leads to a bevy of other issues such as headaches, depression, constipation, and heart disease. According to the article, constant slouching is likely to cause a lot of chronic pain.

    Avoid the pain pills and give your back some proper TLC with our Wireless Remote Controlled Pain Relief Device using TENS Technology. This drug-free alternative works by suppressing the transmission of nerve pain (called Gate Control Theory) and reducing the sensitivity of pain. The WiTouch accomplished this while being small, lightweight and discreet. This device accommodates over 100 thirty-minute treatment sessions per battery life.

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  • Core Products' Holiday Gift Guide: For Therapeutic Pillows

    Posted on December 4, 2014 by Core Products

    With the holidays fast approaching and shopping gift ideas piling up, Core Products felt it would be beneficial to release a Holiday Gift Guide to help ease the stress of online shopping. This particular Core Products Holiday Gift Guide is geared towards pairing the right gift for your loved one, who may be in need of a better night’s sleep.

    Is someone in your family or a close friend suffering from sleep apnea?

    Core CPAP Pillow

    Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is a common treatment used to help people suffering from sleep apnea. The Core Side Sleeping Pillow is proven to help CPAP Users sleep better. The Core Side Sleeping Pillow was designed by CPAP users for CPAP users, in response to common concerns such as pressure point soreness and mask leaks from pillow interference. This unique pillow has quilted side panels to create a distinct edge, allowing mask to comfortably hang over the side of pillow. This prevents the CPAP mask from being forced into side of the face. The CPAP pillow works well with all types of nasal, full face, or nasal pillow-style masks.

    The CPAP Pillow was designed to be durable enough to support the head and neck without losing its edge, yet soft enough to provide a comfortable night’s sleep. The pillow is comfortable for both side and stomach sleepers. Patients required by medical professionals to sleep on their side for other medical reasons, such as oral or dental appliances, fibromyalgia or other chronic pain, and pregnancy may also benefit from the Core CPAP Pillow and its unique shape.

    Check it out: https://www.coreproducts.com/shop-by-product-type/orthopedic-pillows/cervical-pillows-fiber/cpap-pillow.html


    Neck problems? Sleeping problems? Here is the gift that should be on your holiday list!

    Tri-Core Cervical Pillow The Tri-Core® Cervical Pillow Provides Proper Alignment of the Spine. The Tri-Core Cervical Pillow is the most requested fiber support pillow, and provides softer support that lasts longer than traditional pillows. The trapezoid-shaped center delivers great orthopedic benefits; cradling the head and firmly supporting the neck.

    Two different sized lobes provide a better fit for different sized sleepers. Side lobes are taller for side sleeping. High resiliency fiber springs back when compressed for exceptional comfort and durability. Blended cotton cover is breathable and soft to the touch.

    Interested? https://www.coreproducts.com/featured-products/tri-core-pillow.html

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  • Headache Relief

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by Core Products

    Headaches are the worst. If you suffer from regular headaches or migraines, it’s important to go seek medical advice from your doctor.

    There are a few methods to help relieve headache pain other than over-the-counter medication. A few involve minor (and perhaps obvious) lifestyle changes. In fact, most of these suggestions will improve one’s quality of life in general as well as help to limit the occurrence and painfulness of headaches.

    Eating healthy – It’s not all about what you put in your body but also not skipping meals and drinking plenty of water throughout each day.

    Exercising – Regular exercise releases certain chemicals in your body that can assist in alleviating headache pain. The trick is to listen to your body. Some types of vigorous exercise can trigger some headaches.

    Sleeping – Getting enough sleep is crucial for all aspects of your life. Relax before going to bed and try to maintain the same sleep schedule ever day of the week.

    Limiting caffeine – Some amount of caffeine can help limit the onset of headaches. However, too much caffeine can trigger headaches and increase irritability. Don’t be irritable.

    Home Remedies for treating headaches include: Applying an ice pack on the painful area(s) of your head; resting in a quiet, dark room; taking a warm bath/shower; and rubbing your neck and back (or simply getting a massage).

    Controlling your level of stress is often another great way of limiting your headaches.

    If you or someone you know is looking for some great home methods for headache relief, Core Products offers many solutions. One of our most popular drug-free headache relief items is the MicroBeads Microwavable Moist Heat Pack. You can check out some of our other options here: https://www.coreproducts.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=headache.

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