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Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • Strengthen Your Core

    Posted on August 30, 2015 by Core Products

    We know how imperative it is to work your core (it is in our name, after all).

    Core strength is an important aspect of being both healthy and fit. Our core muscles hold everything together and keep everything working in sync. It’s not just about washboard abs (although, that can be a nice perk).

    While your core includes those glamourous abdominal muscles and obliques it also includes your lower back and hips. All movement originates from all of these muscles. Running, walking, lifting your coffee mug – it all starts from your core.

    While looking good is a wonderful bonus, working your core is a fantastic and important way to take care of the body as you age. A stronger core increases a person’s stability and balance and also helps other muscles groups like hamstrings, glutes and pectorals.

    If you deal with any spinal issues or regular back pain focusing more on your core should be strongly considered. Focusing on this group of muscles will improve one’s posture while seated and standing as well.

    While it’s important to work your core by strengthening your abdominal muscles, don’t limit yourself to just simple crunches. Try using an exercise ball to introduce a little instability in your routine. Yoga and/or Pilates are both excellent options for increase whole-body strength and flexibility. Three other exercises to implement include: planks, Supermans, and bridges.

    Another way to support the core muscles is by wearing a brace or splint. Core Products offers a number of back support belts and braces to assist you with back pain and helping to strengthen those core muscles.

    Another option to use in conjunction with back strengthening and abdominal exercises include back-specific pillows, rolls, and cushions. Check out the wide range of back pillows here: https://www.coreproducts.com/shop-by-product-type/back-rests-rolls-cushions.html.

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  • Proper Spine Alignment

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by Core Products

    Proper posture and spine alignment is important for your overall health. Knowing how to properly maintain a neutral spine position while you move, sit and stand can help you stay active and may even prevent broken bones or other types of pain.

    Spine alignment is one of the most important things about posture and body mechanics. Maintaining proper alignment puts less stress on your spine, back, hips, neck, and other parts of your body.

    To keep proper alignment, avoid doing the following:

    • Slumping over or having head-forward posture
    • Slouching in your chair instead of sitting upright
    • Bending forward at your waist
    • Twisting your spine to a point of strain
    • Twisting your trunk and bending forward when doing any type of lifting or even activities as simple as coughing or sneezing
    • Anything that requires extended reaching. For example, reaching for the top shelf at the store can result in a strain or, even worse, losing balance and falling.
    • Exercising with improper form.

    Avoiding these moves and properly exercising on a regular basis are two of the best ways to maintain proper spine alignment and good posture.

    Additionally, it’s important to consider how our bodies are positioned when they’re not moving. For an extended period of sitting at work or in the car, consider trying a back rest with lumbar support. These types of back pillows not only help keep you comfortable, they’re great for maintaining proper posture.

    When you’re in bed sleeping for the next day, the right head and neck pillow can make a world of difference for how rested you feel and limiting any pain when you wake up. A cervical pillow is an essential aspect of maintaining a proper spine. For side sleepers, a leg spacer will help keep your knees in line with the rest of your spine.

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  • August is National Water Quality Month

    Posted on August 22, 2015 by Core Products

    When you wake up for work in the morning, do you take speedy showers or long luxurious ones? When you brush your teeth, do you turn off the faucet or let the water run? If you are guilty of the latter choices, you’re contributing to the problem.

    When it comes to natural resources, the most overused and undervalued resource is water. If you stop and think about it, you probably don’t even realize that you’re guilty of wasting water or polluting it, too.

    In the United States, the month of August is National Water Quality Month and its primary goal is to make the public aware of wasteful habits and proactively engage communities in conservation initiatives to keep such a precious resource clean and available. In fact, California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts on record and conservation efforts grab attention with slogans like, “Brown is the new Green.” Even if you don’t live in the Golden State, there are still simple things that you can do to help alleviate the issue.

    An environmental advocacy group called Clean Water Action details some daily solutions to reduce pollution:

    1. Don’t use antibacterial soaps or cleaning products.
    2. Never flush unwanted or out-of-date medicines down the toilet or the drain.
    3. Don’t put anything except water down storm drains.
    4. Fix leaks that drip from your car and put down a liner in your driveway to collect oil and other materials.
    5. Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
    6. Choose non-toxic household products whenever possible.
    7. Pick up after your pets.
    8. Don’t pave your property.
    9. Spread the word and be a water advocate.
    10. Keep informed.

    To simplify: in order to protect our most vital and precious resource, water, we need to conserve and preserve.

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  • Just Keep Swimming…Swimming, Swimming

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Core Products

    Ouch. If you’re a fitness junkie or a serious athlete, you’ve probably sustained some kind of workout injury. It could be any number of physical afflictions: shin splints, knee injuries, ankle sprains, concussions, a torn ACL…the list goes on and on.

    These injuries don’t just result from one sport or activity, either. They can happen doing almost anything from lacrosse to volleyball to dancing. It’s hard to reconcile the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of exercising. After all, if working out is supposed to help your body, then why can it also hurt so much?!

    There is a good alternative if you find yourself exceptionally prone to fitness-related injuries: swimming.

    Swimming is one of the best types of exercise that you can do for your body in terms of cost/benefit. Because you’re buoyant, it’s less weight-bearing, meaning you’re not putting your full body weight into the exercise. Less weight means less impact, and less impact means less joint and/or muscle pain over time. It’s so low-impact that swimming has been prescribed as physical therapy for other sport-related injuries.

    You can also burn more calories swimming because water has great resistance, forcing you to work harder to move. Swimming also helps with cardiovascular fitness. By practicing sustained breath-holding, it gradually increases your lung capacity, which has long-term health benefits.

    You’ve probably heard people say that all athletes have a shelf-life. To an extent, this is true. As we get older, our bodies are no longer as agile or capable of prolonged periods of high-intensity fitness (except in the case of Harriette Thompson). However, swimming is an activity that you can do throughout your entire life. While it’s true that swimmers can still sustain sport-related injuries, the benefits received from swimming far outweigh the possible risks. As Dory would say: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…swimming…

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  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    Posted on August 15, 2015 by Core Products

    Ah, August. Generally, the month of August is associated with end-of-summer vacations, afternoons at the pool, and back-to-school shopping…and back-to-school generally means getting shots. You heard us, shots.

    Did you know that the month of August is officially National Immunization Awareness Month? Shots aren’t just for kids, either—it’s important that adults stay vaccinated to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, too. In fact, there are different clinical recommendations for a variety of age groups including: infants and children, adults, pregnant women, preteens, and teens.

    The most common dangerous (or even deadly) diseases are the flu, the measles, and pneumonia. Combat flu season, (which usually reaches its peak activity in February) earlier rather than later. Instead of spreading diseases, let’s spread the word instead.

    You can share the importance of National Immunization Awareness Month with your friends, family, and community by word-of-mouth and through social channels. Facebook and Twitter aren’t just for telling the world what kind of pizza you ate for dinner last night anymore; they’re critical tools for raising public health awareness and engaging a wider audience in a way that’s short and immediate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a toolkit that makes it easy for you or your organization to participate in National Immunization Awareness Month through social media.

    The toolkit even includes ready-made tweets of health tips and links to quizzes that deliver important information about who needs shots and when. Publicizing health topics on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter has the ability to reduce the stigma associated with disease prevention and will encourage people to take action immediately. Shots aren’t fun, but they are necessary preventive measures – not just for your own well-being, but for the health of those around you, too.

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  • August 13th is International Lefthanders Day

    Posted on August 12, 2015 by Core Products

    Your dominant hand is most likely your right hand, along with about 90 percent of the world’s population. If so, you have probably also tried writing with your opposite hand at least once. How did it feel? Maybe it felt awkward, uncomfortable, or unnatural?

    …Or maybe you’ve sat in the “lefty desk” in a lecture hall when you were right-handed. It feels unnatural to use anything other than your dominant side (unless you happen to be ambidextrous). Tasks that should be simple become exponentially more difficult. Think again of the ratio of lefty desks to standard desks in a classroom. It’s grossly unbalanced because left-handed individuals make up only 7 to 10 percent of the world’s population! Still, there are many kinds of objects and tools that are only made for right-handed people, forcing lefthanders to adapt to an awkward alternative.

    Some of the worst things for lefties:

    1. Writing in spiral notebooks or 3-ring binders.
    2. Writing in general (Yep, your hand is black from your pen ink).
    3. Getting your drink out of the cup holder in your car.
    4. Using can openers.
    5. Playing Xbox (or any other gaming system).

    If you’re right-handed, you’ve probably never even considered the design of everyday objects.

    August 13th marks the 24th Annual Lefthanders Day and its goal is to raise awareness of the daily issues that lefties face on account of a genetic predisposition. You can even spread the word on Twitter by using the hashtag: #lefthandersday. Show your support for the disadvantages of lefties everywhere by participating on social media!

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  • Alleviating the Pain from Your Commute

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by Core Products

    Do you spend what feels like all your spare time trapped behind the steering wheel of your car? Are you looking for a solution for the aches and pains caused by hours spent driving to-and-from work? Do you feel like it just keeps getting worse?

    Not surprisingly, commuting can be detrimental to your health as well as your sanity; sitting in traffic can be a mental as well as a physical strain. Long commutes are known to contribute to higher blood pressure, elevated stress levels, anxiety and lack of focus, weight gain over time, and neck and back pain. Moreover, it’s difficult to find ways to combat these health concerns because there just aren’t enough hours in a day. Fortunately, there are a few drug-free, daily habits you can start to reduce your muscle pain and lower your stress levels.

    Exercise is critical when your day is a marathon of sitting at your desk or in your car. Yoga is especially useful for stretching sore muscles, increasing your flexibility, and releasing built-up stress by concentrating on mindfulness and breathing. It can be as simple as laying on the floor with your legs against the wall, perpendicular to your body. Holding this pose for 5-10 minutes will drain the fluid from your feet and ankles, realign your spine, and relax your lower back muscles.

    Core Products offers a number of products that will help alleviate back pain. The WiTouch Wireless TENS is small, portable, and especially convenient for travel; the ideal commuter’s tool. Our remote controlled wireless unit offers a 30-minute pulsing sensation to any area applied, such as the lower back. The unit suppresses nerve pain through electrotherapy, which is a better alternative to painkillers.

    Sure, commuting can be a pain, but with the WiTouch Wireless TENS, it doesn’t have to be a back pain too.

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  • Tri-Core in 1-2-3!

    Posted on August 3, 2015 by Core Products

    Do you suffer from chronic neck pain? Strain or injury to your neck can be caused by a lot of different things – you may not even realize that you’re contributing to it with certain activities. We’ll list three of the ways you can cause or contribute to neck pain, paired with the product that could help reduce your discomfort.

    1. Netflix. Okay, so Netflix doesn’t directly cause neck pain, but we’re all guilty of the familiar Netflix binge-watching session. Basically, if you spend long periods of time holding your neck in a forward or unnatural position, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Try to avoid sitting and staring at a TV, computer screen, or book for long periods of time. Let’s face it, sometimes Netflix marathons are necessary; if you feel the need to watch all three seasons of Orange is the New Black in one weekend, break up the hours with stretches.
    2. Thinking. No, seriously. When you rest your forehead on your fist or arm, it’s called the “thinker’s pose.” If you do this frequently, it strains your neck muscles. Another kind thinking that’s bad for your neck is overthinking; if this is you, you’re overly stressed and—let’s be honest—stress contributes to a very wide range of health problems. Tension from stress causes your trapezius muscle (which runs from the back of the head across the back of the shoulder) to tighten, resulting in pain. Learn to avoid awkward positions and manage your daily stress.
    3. Working. Don’t jump to conclusions here. We’re definitely not advising that you stop working. However, be aware that if you have a job which requires lots of heavy lifting or standing in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, then you’re putting excess strain on your body. For example, this could be construction workers or house-painters.

    Want to improve your constant neck pain? Try our Tri-Core Pillow Family! They come in three different sizes (full size, midsize, or small) as well as two variations of firmness – standard and gentle.

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  • Helmet Safety and Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted on August 1, 2015 by Core Products

    Let’s talk helmets.

    Any bicyclist or motorcyclist who does not wear a helmet is at an increased risk of head injury. Plenty of studies show that wearing helmets reduces the risk of traumatic brain injuries, facial injuries and fatal head injuries.

    So why do more than half of the millions of Americans who ride bicycles not wear helmets? A small sample size observation over the past few weeks of summer would suggest that number is about the same if not higher when it comes to those who ride skateboards and inline skates.

    For motorcycles, only 19 states and the District of Columbia require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. 28 states currently have partial laws covering those ranging from 17-20 years old and younger. 3 states (New Hampshire, Illinois and Iowa) have no laws whatsoever regarding motorcycle helmet use.

    Why? What’s the stigma?

    It’s not cool. It’ll mess up my hair. The helmet is really hot. It’s uncomfortable. I like the wind in my hair. I feel constricted. I love how free I feel riding a motorcycle without a helmet. These are just a handful of excuses for those who choose not to wear a helmet on a motorcycle or other activity that might call for a helmet. For those who choose not to wear one, that’s their right in most states.

    However, helmets reduce the risk of head injuries for bicyclists between 60%-90%. Wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the overall death rate of motorcycle crashes, and cuts down the likelihood of suffering a fatal head injury by 40%.

    When purchasing a helmet make sure it is meant for the specific intended activity. Some helmets are designed for multiple activities but you should make sure your activity is listed by the manufacturer. Maybe even as important as purchasing the right helmet is getting the proper fit. It should be comfortable, snug, and not move around. Ask a sales associate to help make sure you’ve got the perfect fit.

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