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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Product Spotlight: Performance Wrap™ Knee Support

    Posted on March 24, 2017 by Core Products

    kne6440-env-male-17-0228By Brian Acton

    In this week’s Product Spotlight, we’re focusing on the Performance Wrap Knee Support, designed to help provide knee stability and support for knee problems.

    While there are many knee supports on the market, the materials and design of the Performance Wrap Knee Support make it a unique product that’s suitable for both everyday use and strenuous athletic activity, even water sports.

    Can the Performance Wrap Knee help you tackle your knee issues and keep you on top of your game? Read on to find out.

    Why Should I Use It?

    Your knee is made up of many important structures, any of which can be injured. In fact, injuries often involve more than one component of the structural building blocks within the knee.

    Pain and swelling are the most common signs of knee injury. In addition, the knee may “catch” or “lock up.”  Many knee injuries can also cause instability, a feeling that the knee is giving way1, or unable to support the body, especially on uneven surfaces.

    Patellar tracking disorder, a condition in which the kneecap moves out of place as the leg bends and straightens, can cause severe pain and swelling, and may even cause the knee to lose stability. Overweight and athletic people are particularly susceptible to this condition.

    The Performance Wrap Knee supplements weakened structures of the knee and can assist with patellar tracking, helping improve stability and increase comfort.

    What’s Special About It?

    Originally designed by a professional surfer suffering from knee instability, the Performance Wrap Knee Support is designed to stay in place during sustained exposure to water. The neoprene material in the inner section of the knee support features a smooth surface which conforms to the knee and hugs your skin snugly even when soaking wet. This makes it perfect for water sports, triathletes switching between wet and dry events, or any activity that causes perspiration.

    The wraparound design is easy to put on and adjust, with no need to remove shoes. In addition, users won’t have to slide the support over a sore knee, as with a sleeve design.

    Finally, the popliteal cutout in the back (an open space for the back of the knee) is cool, comfortable, and eliminates painful bunching and pinching of the support at the back of the knee.

    How Does it Work?

    With any knee injury, swelling will usually vary and the proper fit of a support may change several times throughout any day. The one size fits most, wrap around design of this support fits snugly above and below the knee and can be easily adjusted to accommodate for an increase or decrease in swelling.

    The unique, Crisscross Tensioning System is easily adjusted to provide support which enhances patellar tracking, improves stability, and provides compression for support.

    The Performance Wrap enables people to get back to doing the things they love: running, jumping, swimming, and otherwise engaging in any activity that requires healthy knee mobility.

    The Core Products Advantage

    The Performance Wrap Knee Support provides support for many knee issues, and is an excellent choice for many athletic activities. We’re confident in its ability to provide relief and reliable support, and we back it up with a one year warranty and a 90 day satisfaction guarantee.

    Do you want to find the right product for your specific knee issues? You can always drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help!


    1American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) “Common Knee Injuries” OrthoInfo 2014 http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00325 Accessed 14Mar 2017

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  • Product Spotlight: The Bed Wedge

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Picture1The Core Products Bed Wedge is a versatile, comfortable, inclined positioning support pillow that provides solutions for people with various sleeping needs. The Bed Wedge can help alleviate pain, reduce the occurrence of symptoms, or simply help people relax as they unwind at the end of a long day.

    No matter how you use the Bed Wedge, it’s designed with maximum comfort in mind.

    How Can a Bed Wedge Help?

    Sixty percent of the adult population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a 12 month period and 20 to 30 percent will have weekly symptoms.1 For individuals suffering from GERD, elevating the head of the bed 4-6” is commonly recommended to help keep the contents of the stomach in place while laying down. The Bed Wedge allows you to elevate your head and upper torso without making adjustments to the bed.

    The Bed Wedge is also appropriate for helping alleviate symptoms caused by a variety of conditions such as hiatal hernia and back, neck, or shoulder pain. It may even help reduce snoring!

    The Bed Wedge is also perfect for every day relaxation, whether lying down to read, work on a laptop, or just watch television. The gentle incline supports excellent posture as you relax.

    How Does It Work?

    The Bed Wedge is a simple solution that can dramatically improve sleep. It’s simply a positioning support pillow that can elevate the head and upper torso to increase comfort while sleeping.

    The design of the Bed Wedge can also reduce pressure on the lower back, shoulders, or neck, placing the lumbar spine in mild flexion. Placing the body in this position may help to alleviate pain or numbness.

    Why the Core Products Bed Wedge?

    The Core Products Bed Wedge has a few key features that make it stand out from other inclined positioning support pillows. It comes in three different sizes for different body types or positioning needs. The unique hinged design allows it to be folded into a compact rectangle for easy portability and storage. It’s constructed from precision cut, high quality foam and covered in a plush gray fabric. It’s a well-built, attractive product to keep in the bedroom or any living area.

    The Bed Wedge is built with quality American craftsmanship. We’re confident enough in its quality to offer a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, and you can easily swap your purchase for a different product if you find your initial cushion is the incorrect size for your needs.

    Wondering which Bed Wedge is best for you? Feel free to contact us and we can help you choose the product that delivers the comfort you need.


    1Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Hospitalizations in 1998 and 2005 -  HCUP-US Home Page. Retrieved March 5, 2017, from: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb44.pdf

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  • Product Spotlight: Core® Pain Remedy™ Plus Wireless TENS

    Posted on March 9, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    pain-remedy-blogThe Core® Pain Remedy™ Plus Wireless TENS is one of our more unique pain relief products. With two models available, the Core Pain Remedy Plus Wireless TENS (which stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator) is an affordable and versatile technology that can help relieve pain.

    The product is an over-the-counter system that uses electrical pulses to soothe sore or aching muscles. Its versatility, wireless design and size allow it to be used discreetly just about anywhere on the body, and it can be stored anywhere in the home or taken on the go. Read on to find out how TENS can provide pain relief and why the Core Pain Remedy Plus is a great product for muscle soreness.

    Who Is It For?

    The Core Pain Remedy Plus is used to temporarily relieve muscle pain and soreness. This soreness could be the result of everyday work, exercise or injury. The unit can potentially help anyone who suffers from muscle soreness, and is suitable for around-the-house use or on the go.

    If you’re looking to ease pain and soreness, and unwind after a long, strenuous day, the Core Pain Remedy Plus can help.

    How Does Electrical Stimulation Help?

    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation works by delivering small pulses of electric current via electrodes to the nerves beneath the skin. These pulses activate the underlying nerves, and muscle pain or soreness is temporarily relieved. There is no definitive scientific consensus on why this method can be effective, but there are two general theories.

    The gate control theory proposes that there is a gate mechanism in the central nervous system through which pain signals must pass. If that gate is blocked, those signals are prevented from reaching your brain. According to the theory, electric pulses close the gate and block the pain signals from traveling to the brain.

    The other theory is that electrical pulses cause the body to release its own natural pain relievers - endorphins - that contribute to pain relief. Many studies have shown an increase in endorphin levels after the use of low-frequency electrical stimulation.

    How Does the Core Pain Remedy Plus Work?

    The Core Pain Remedy Plus combines rechargeable receivers with snap style electrodes that adhere to the body and deliver electrical pulses to stimulate the nerves and block pain signals. You simply apply the adhesive pads to the affected area - back, arms, legs, etc. - and then use a wireless control unit to run preprogrammed treatment modes and adjust intensity levels.

    The pre-programmed treatment time lasts 45 minutes. With the two included receivers and dual channel controller, you can simultaneously target two areas of the body and even run separate preprogrammed modes and intensity levels for each receiver. The unit comes with four different modes (each appropriate for different areas of the body) and 20 intensity levels, so you can experiment to find the program and intensity that’s appropriate for your pain.

    The rechargeable batteries eliminate the need to swap batteries. The unit is also small and very portable, so it’s easy to store or take on the road when needed. Finally, you have the option of selecting a 4-pack of 2” x 2” round electrodes or 1-pack of the 3”x5” body electrode to best target the area of pain.

    Why Choose Core Products?

    The Core Pain Remedy Plus provides fast, effective, drug free pain relief, and can be one part of an overall routine that may also include stretching and massage. Oftentimes, portable TENS require wires that run from the controller to the electrodes, but our product is wireless and can be discreetly worn under clothing. It’s exceedingly easy to use, and because we’re confident in its quality we back it up with a one-year warranty.

    Still wondering if the TENS can help with your specific muscle pain? Feel free to drop us a line and we can talk!

    This post was posted in Education

  • Product Spotlight: The Tri-Core® Cervical Support Pillow

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    tri-core-blogThe Tri-Core® Cervical Support Pillow is one of Core Products’ top selling pillows for good reason. Designed to promote a natural sleeping posture, the Tri-Core can help relieve neck pain, resulting in a comfortable night’s sleep. Its simple design and level of support make it a natural choice for customers looking to improve their sleeping posture.

    That’s why we’ve chosen the Tri-Core for our first product spotlight. Read on to learn more about what makes the Tri-Core special.

    Who Should Use a Tri-Core Pillow?

    The Tri-Core is primarily used by our customers to help relieve muscle soreness and neck pain resulting from improper sleeping positions, which often stem from injuries, medical conditions or simply bad sleeping techniques.

    The Tri-Core helps with these issues in two ways: it helps corrects sleeping posture and helps maintain proper posture by supporting the neck in its natural position. The Tri-Core can help with neck pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, arthritis, and even snoring in some cases.

    It’s also a great pillow for those who have never had problems with sleeping posture. If you just want a supportive pillow that helps avoid future neck problems, this pillow is a great option. There are several firmness levels and pillow sizes to accommodate the needs of every sleeper.

    Even if you frequently roll from your back to your side, the Tri-Core supports the neck. The sides of the pillow are recommended for side sleeping.

    How Does It Work?

    Traditional pillows often have the same thickness throughout the entire pillow. As a result, the neck is often improperly supported. The Tri-Core addresses this issue with its uniquely designed neck rolls and indented pillow center. The neck rolls on top and bottom provide a more customized fit for different sized necks.  These rolls support the neck rather than let it bend or slope at awkward angles. The indented center is crafted to comfortably cradle the head while sleeping..

    How Can It Help Me?

    For customers with symptoms resulting from injury or improper sleeping techniques, the Tri-Core helps provide proper support when sleeping. This can help people regain proper neck posture as injured tissue or muscles heal. At this initial stage, users might find the pillow uncomfortable; adjustment can take a few weeks of use.

    The Tri-Core also helps maintain proper cervical alignment by sustaining the neck in its natural posture. Many people discover that once the normal curvature of the neck is restored, they crave the comfort of maximum support.

    The Core Products Advantage

    Core Products isn’t the only manufacturer of therapeutic and cervical pillows, but there’s a reason the Tri-Core is so popular. Our pillows are a result of quality American manufacturing that uses top of the line supplies and American craftsmanship. That’s why we provide a full 90-day satisfaction guarantee.

    Still wondering what pillow is right for your support needs? Feel free to drop us a line and we can help you pick the product that’s right for you.

    This post was posted in Education

  • Core Products Acquires Swede-O

    Posted on March 1, 2017 by Core Products

    AnklelokblkCore Products International, Inc., USA manufacturer of best quality, innovative braces, supports, orthopedic soft goods, and hot and cold therapy is excited to announce the acquisition of Swede-O, a leader in providing products designed to help prevent and rehabilitate ankle related injuries.

    Core Products (Osceola, Wisconsin) is excited to announce the acquisition of Swede-O (North Branch, Minnesota) effective March 1, 2017.

    Both Core Products and Swede-O are well known for manufacturing high quality, innovative orthopedic products. Core Products is well known in the alternative healthcare and home healthcare markets while Swede-O has been a leader in the athletic, rehabilitation and podiatry markets.

    Core’s President and Founder, Philip Mattison, was recently quoted as saying “We have great respect for the quality and history of the Swede-O product line. Here at Core we are looking forward to leveraging our innovative capabilities, lean manufacturing processes, and marketing expertise to grow the Swede-O brand.”

    Early in their history, Swede-O realized everyone’s ankle and/or injury was not the same. That is why they developed different styles of ankle braces to suite almost any situation. They’ve recently expanded beyond the ankle, launching a new line of innovative products to fit most any part of the body. This philosophy aligns perfectly with Core’s Purpose, “Making YOUR Life More Comfortable!”

    Core Products will continue to operate Swede-O from the North Branch, MN location. Customers will place orders and request customer service through Swede-O at 800-525-9339 or Core’s main office at 800-365-3047, by email at info@swedeo.com, customerservice@coreproducts.com, or online at www.swedeo.com.

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