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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Five Things You Can Do for Arthritis Awareness Month

    Posted on May 29, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Every year, May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month – a time to focus on a condition that affects more than 50 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the country. Despite the prevalence of the disease, there is still much we don’t know about arthritis, and researchers are still working to find better treatments, prevention measures, and even a cure.

    Many Core Products customers live with arthritis – our products that ease pain or support movement have helped treat arthritis symptoms for many. Even if you don’t have arthritis, odds are good you know someone who is affected. As it affects such a large portion of our population, it’s in every American’s interest to help support arthritis research and the search for a cure.

    With that in mind, here are five things you can do for Arthritis Awareness Month to help promote arthritis awareness, support research, and help you live with your arthritis.

    Educate Yourself

    Did you know that arthritis can affect people of any age – not just people over 50? Did you know that there were more than 40 types of arthritis? Or that certain diets are believed to help treat or prevent the disease?

    If not, a great goal this month is to learn more. If your understanding of arthritis is limited, you could brush up on your basics; if you have a decent understanding, you may want to know some of the latest breakthroughs in arthritis research.

    A few great places to start:

    Get Involved

    You can help organizations that are dedicated to helping further arthritis research and treatment. By donating, volunteering, or fundraising, you can help further medical research and support the millions of Americans living with arthritis today.

    The Arthritis Foundation has a whole host of events and volunteer opportunities, and you can search them by your area to find the ones happening near you. There are walks, runs, biking events, dinners and galas – you can even advocate to help fight for arthritis issues with lawmakers at the state and federal level!

    The National Arthritis Research Foundation also has several opportunities to get involved.

    And, if donations are more your speed, most research and advocacy groups will be happy to accept your generosity.

    Talk to Other Arthritis Sufferers

    If you have arthritis, sometimes nothing is better therapy than talking about it with other people who are having similar experiences. There are plenty of local network groups out there, and even online support groups.

    If you don’t have arthritis, but want to know more firsthand, talking to a friend or loved one who has experienced it personally (and who doesn’t mind sharing details) is a great educational resource.

    Start an Exercise Program (and Invite Your Friends!)

    You can’t always control the symptoms of your arthritis, but you can choose a lifestyle that will ease those symptoms. Old fashioned physical activity is one of the best ways to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life. Exercise can also help boost your mood and lose weight.

    Depending on your current level of activity, there are a number of different ways to get started – but simple walking and muscle strengthening activities are great for the uninitiated. To start, check out some of these fitness programs for people with arthritis.

    Speak to Your Doctor

    If you currently experience arthritis, you should have a regular doctor you can rely upon to discuss concerns such as pain management and treatment, as well as living with and managing your disease. A medical professional that can provide regular guidance is very important for people with arthritis.

    If you don’t have arthritis, but want to know how you can reduce your risk of developing a condition, your general practitioner should be able to point you in the right direction.

    In Closing

    However you choose to spend National Arthritis Awareness Month, we urge you to take a step that improves your own lifestyle or helps improve the lives of others. Together, we can move toward better treatments, better arthritis management, and ultimately a cure.

     

    Sources

    http://www.arthritis.org/

    http://www.cdc.gov/


    This post was posted in Company, Education

  • How Proprioceptive Support Helps your Joints Get Back into the “Spring” of Things

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Now that spring is fully upon us, we’re all ready to stop hiding indoors and resume outdoor activity, exploring and enjoying the warmer weather. Sports, yard work, casual walks around the neighborhood – whatever your warm weather activity is, you’ve likely had to reduce it over the colder months, and now you’re ready to get back into it. But after a long winter, your joints and muscles may be a little rusty and you need some help getting active without injuring or straining your body.

    With proprioceptive products – such as ankle, knee and elbow, or wrist supports and wraps – you can more easily resume activity without causing your body undue stress and pain.

    What is Proprioception?

    Proprioception is the sense that allows us to move our limbs without consciously thinking about it. Without looking at our limbs, we know where they physically exist in space. Essentially, proprioception is your awareness of your limbs and joints. This sense is also tied to your body’s coordination, and is essential to physical activity.

    Consider the seemingly simple act of walking. You swing your arms for balance, move your legs to propel yourself forward, and even adjust your gait on the fly to avoid obstacles or change your speed. Now imagine if you had to think about each one of these movements every time it happened, and check on the position of your limbs each time you moved them. It would be much more complicated!

    The proprioceptive system is made up of nerves that exist in your muscles, joints and ligaments that send signals to your brain. These sensors also detect tension and your brain can react by contracting or relaxing your muscles accordingly, thereby avoiding strain or injury

    How Proprioception can be Damaged


    Several conditions that affect joints and muscles – including musculoskeletal diseases, arthritis, or injuries such as a sprained ankle – can affect our ability to efficiently manipulate our joints, move our limbs, and avoid injuring ourselves.

    For those with recent injuries, ongoing conditions, or who simply have gotten rusty over winter, getting back into an active lifestyle can be difficult. Damaged or out-of-practice joints that are resistant to the movements we want to start doing can hinder a sudden shift into frequent activity.

    How Supports Can Help

    Proprioceptive support allows weak or injured joints to move freely with effective joint control. Wraps and supports come for a variety of body areas – including the knee, elbows and wrists, and ankles. These products are designed to bolster the strength of the movement area, while improving your ability to sense the position and movement of your joints.

    For instance, the Wraparound Neoprene Knee Support is used for runner’s knee, post-surgery recovery, and other afflictions of the knee. The support allows those with injured or weak knees to effectively move even with weakened knee mobility or strength.

    Another example – the Nelmed Ankle Wrap – is a lightweight wrap that provides ankle support and can be worn for everyday use and activity that could contribute to the sprain. The wrap protects and prevents ankle injury, and can actually improve proprioceptive sensation – meaning you can have just as much control and sensation over your movements as ever, but with support that prevents injury after resuming outdoor activity.

    Conclusion

    If you’re worried about getting back into frequent physical activity – whether due to limited winter movements or specific conditions and injuries – supports and wraps can help your limbs at the point of movement. Whether it’s your wrists, ankles, knees, or elbows, Core Products literally has you covered and can provide your joints and muscles support while encouraging a full proprioceptive range of motion. Check out our full list of extremity supports to see what products will help you get out and about this spring!

     

    Sources:

    http://brainblogger.com/2009/06/09/what-is-proprioception/


    This post was posted in Education

  • How Hot and Cold Therapy Treats Pain and Injuries

    Posted on May 13, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Hot and cold therapy can provide nearly instant relief to discomfort and problems caused by pain and injury. While hot and cold therapy has no miraculous healing power, it does provide relief to pain and discomfort, helping us move on from injuries and recuperate or recover more comfortably.

    By doing so, ice and heat packs provide pain management and regenerative benefits that can help you keep moving!

    Which form of therapy you use depends primarily on the nature of your issue.

    Cold Therapy

    Cold therapy – for instance, using cold packs or ice – is best for recent injuries that have caused pain, swelling, or inflammation. If you have just pulled a muscle or injured yourself, the body rapidly responds by becoming inflamed, which causes pain, redness, and swelling. This is a natural response to injury. The pain is a direct result of the swelling in your injured area.

    Other forms of pain cold therapy can treat are arthritic joint pain accompanied with swelling, headaches, and soreness after workouts.

    By applying ice or cold packs to the affected area, you numb the pain and narrow the blood vessels, thereby slowing blood flow and reducing fluid buildup. This results in two benefits: less pain and less swelling.

    Cold therapy should only be a temporary treatment for a new issue. You should not apply cold therapy to chronic neck and back pain injuries or stiff and inflexible joints as this can actually make the issues worse.

    Hot Therapy

    Hot therapy is appropriate for treating persistent, recurring pain and for injuries that are older than a day. Recurring muscle pain, neck and back pain, stress, and older injuries can all be treated by hot therapy. Arthritic pain that causes stiffness and soreness, cramping, and tight backs are all examples of the type of pain best treated by hot therapy.

    Heat therapy works by relaxing your muscles. It stimulates, rather than slows, blood flow, reduces muscle spasms, and soothes muscles, allowing a better range of motion. This is why hot packs are appropriate for stiffness and soreness.

    You should not apply heat therapy to inflamed or swollen areas, as the heat can increase blood flow and actually worsen the swelling.

    Conclusion:

    To sum it up, a good rule of thumb is to use cold therapy to treat recent injuries where you are experiencing inflammation or sudden pain. Use hot therapy to relieve chronic pain, stiffness or soreness, or older injuries that are no longer inflamed.

    To provide both forms of therapy, our CorPaks can be cooled in the freezer or warmed in the microwave, and applied directly and comfortably to the affected body area. By knowing the right type of therapy to use, you can better treat your pain, swelling, or soreness the next time you need quick relief.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/arthritis/heat-and-cold-therapy.aspx

    http://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-pain/treating-pain-with-heat-and-cold#Cold3

    https://www.painscience.com/articles/ice-heat-confusion.php


    This post was posted in Company, Education

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