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Monthly Archives: February 2018

  • Four Common Causes of Back Pain (and How to Prevent Them)

    Posted on February 16, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    painBack pain is a common reason for doctor visits and one of the biggest causes of disability worldwide. But many of the top causes of back pain are avoidable. Knowing the common causes of back pain (and how to prevent them) can keep your back healthy and pain-free.

    Here are four top causes of back pain, and how to prevent them.

    1. Weekend Injuries

    If you lead a sedentary lifestyle most of the time, it’s easy to injure yourself playing with your kids or at a pickup basketball game on the weekend. You can also injure your back doing yard work, cleaning out the garage, or with any other activity you don’t often perform - especially if you’re usually idle.

    To prevent back injury, you should make your body accustomed to exercise (the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week). You can also stretch and strengthen your core using back strengthening exercises, which condition your muscles to support your spine and withstand stress. Regular exercise will help your body better resist injury.

    1. Improper Lifting Technique

    Whether you’re taking out the trash or hauling boxes around at work, improper lifting technique can cause injury and back pain. Using your back to carry a heavy load puts too much stress on your muscles and spine.

    Lift heavy objects close to your body, bending your knees and setting your legs apart. Make sure to engage your abdominal and leg muscles as you lift. When you’re walking and carrying, turn your entire body when you need to change direction. Twisting to the side can cause injury.

    1. Excessive Sitting

    The negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle are well documented and common in the age of the office job. Sitting too much puts stress on the muscles and discs in your back and neck. It also can lead to hip flexor tightness and reduced blood flow to your glutes, which help support your spine.

    You should get up from the couch or office chair on a regular basis to get some exercise. This will help your back and combat the other negative effects of prolonged sitting. You can up a periodic reminder to get up and exercise.

    1. Bad Posture 

    Good posture promotes spinal stability and strength. But when you slouch or stoop, you could be setting yourself up for back pain.

    You should be standing straight and tall, with your shoulders back. Your feet should be set about shoulder width apart, with your weight balanced on the balls of your feet. When sitting down, you should be sitting up straight with your feet resting flat on the floor in front of you. The top of your head should be pointed toward the ceiling, with your shoulders relaxed.



    This post was posted in Education

  • Six Tips for Choosing a Travel Pillow

    Posted on February 7, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    travelTravel pillows are an important accessory for any trip, but they’re frequently overlooked. Too often, you may find yourself frantically digging through your closet or stopping at the airport convenience shop when you realize you need one.

    But choosing the wrong pillow can lead to poor sleep, neck pain, or back pain. Picking the right travel pillow requires some thought and consideration.

    Here are six tips for choosing the right travel pillow.

    1. Define Your Needs

    If you want a pillow to use as you sleep on the plane, train, or in the car, a neck pillow is probably the right choice. But if you need a pillow for bed (hotels in particular have notoriously flat, unsupportive pillows) you’ll want a portable pillow that recreates how you sleep at home. The right pillow for you depends on your specific needs.

    1. Use a Trusted Brand

    Ideally, the pillow you use in your bed at home is comfortable and provides proper support to your head and neck. If you already have a brand of pillow you’re very happy with, you should check out that brand’s travel pillow products. There’s no guarantee you’ll love their travel pillow as much as their normal pillow, but at least you’ll be working with a brand that has a proven track record.

    1. Choose a Pillow You Can Wash

    Traveling can be rough on your things. Choose a pillow with simple, easy washing instructions so you can give it a good cleaning when you get back from your trip.

    1. Choose the Right Material

    Pillows come in all types of materials, but the most common options are foam and fiber. Foam pillows are firm and contour to the shape of your body, adjusting as you move during sleep. On the downside, foam pillows tend to retain heat and can get hot as you sleep.

    Fiber pillows emulate down pillows, are often quite comfortable, and sleep cooler than foam pillows. However, they don’t contour to your body as well as foam.

    Pay attention to the pillow’s material and pick the option that’s right for you.

    1. Do Your Research 

    Know any frequent travelers? Get their opinions on the best pillows to buy. The Internet is also full of reviews for most pillow brands. If you’re really stuck, try some pillows out in the store.

    1. Check the Return Policy

    It’s hard to gauge the quality and effectiveness of a pillow online or in the store. Make sure to pick a pillow with a solid return policy, as you’ll likely need some road testing to determine if it’s the right pillow for you. If you decide it’s not the best fit, you’ll be able to return it without any hassle.

    This post was posted in Education

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