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  • How to Shovel Snow Injury Free

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Winter weather comes with the opportunity for a variety of fun activities. Hiking through your neighborhood, building snowmen, and snowball fights are all a great source of exercise and play. Then there are the not-so-fun activities – namely, shoveling snow from our parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks.

    The good news: shoveling snow is fantastic exercise. The bad news? It puts your heart and back at risk.

    Whether you’re shoveling your own driveways or going door to door around the neighborhood to earn some money, proper technique is important to avoid injury. Here’s how to shovel snow like a pro without throwing out your back or putting your heart out of whack:

    Prep Yourself

    Before starting to shovel, you’ll want to dress yourself in your snow gear and warm up a little first. Going headlong into heavy exercise should be avoided. Instead, warm up by walking in place, doing jumping jacks, or any other lightweight activity. Stretching beforehand will help keep you limber as you shovel. Also, make sure you have water handy – you’ll want to stay hydrated throughout the process.

    Use Proper Technique

    Rather than expending loads of energy picking up snow and then tossing it with your shovel, push the snow to the edge of the area you wish to clear whenever possible. This action is much less stressful on your body.

    Once you’ve pushed snow to the edges of the area, or have no other recourse but to start lifting, you will want to use your legs to do the hard work. Bend at your knees, not at your back, and then lift with your legs. Make sure to choke up on the shovel, with one hand on the shovel’s handle and the other on the shaft near the shovel’s blade. Avoid sharply twisting your body to dump the snow from your shovel, as that motion can injure your back. Instead, turn and walk your entire body to the spot you use to deposit the snow.

    Split Up the Work

    First, you should take frequent breaks when shoveling snow. Cold temperature boosts blood pressure, and sudden activity – especially if you aren’t frequently active – puts a further strain on the heart. Take water breaks every 10-15 minutes or less if needed.

    Second, you should shovel snow every few hours as the snow falls. While it is annoying to shovel all day, it keeps the snow from piling up into a huge, unmanageable load, and thereby lessening the strain on your body.

    Pay Attention to Your Body

    If at any moment you start to feel overly winded or feel that you’ve injured yourself, stop your activity and go inside. Continuing to shovel could cause you to hurt yourself even worse. Also, if you feel the signs of a heart attack – chest pain and pain or numbness in your left arm are common symptoms – stop immediately, and if the symptoms persist, call 911 or have someone call 911 for you.

    Avoid Shoveling Altogether

    If you rarely exercise, it may be a good idea to avoid the shovel altogether. If you can, use a snow blower to clear snow – snow blowing is much easier on the body. Alternatively, many neighborhoods will see enterprising teenagers clearing out driveways for money, and if you’re completely buried, the cost is worth it!




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  • Four Lifehacks for Bad Backs

    Posted on February 8, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, you know that it can severely affect quality of life. Sufferers of back pain will have trouble doing the activities they used to enjoy – such as sports and exercise – or, if the pain is severe enough, they may even have trouble with day to day activities like getting around the house.

    We’ve compiled some advice on how to deal with your back pain, help prevent it from worsening, and maybe even provide yourself some relief.

    Don’t Switch to a Sedentary Lifestyle

     When suffering from back pain, its tempting to avoid movement altogether. While switching to a couch-potato lifestyle has its appeal – namely, avoiding the movements that are causing you pain – it can actually make things worse for you in the long run. Staying active keeps your spine more flexible, while constant inactivity is linked to numerous health problems, weight gain, and depression. Research has also shown that the more fit you are, the more your body can resist aches and pains.

    Back pain is enough of a challenge. Staying active helps keep the pain manageable and keeps other problems from piling on. Even brief, regular walks can make a huge difference in quality of life when the alternative is staying glued to the couch.

    Use the Right Sleep Position

     Did you know that the sleeping position you choose could have a major impact on your health? We spend one third of our lives asleep, and the wrong sleeping position can affect neck and back pain. Sleeping flat on your back without too much pillow support is generally considered the best practice. If sleeping on your back is uncomfortable or causes snoring, try sleeping on your side (but not in the fetal position). Cervical pillows can help properly align the spine when sleeping.

    Whatever you do, avoid sleeping on your stomach. It forces your head to one side and can cause or worsen neck and back problems.

    Practice Good Posture

    Good posture and spinal alignment places less stress and strain on your back. If you have a desk job, avoid slouching or hunching toward your screen - good lumbar pillows will help for comfort and posture when sitting.

    When you bend over or lift, make sure to use your knees, rather than your back, to do the majority of the work. Don’t twist your spine to the point of strain, either – simply turn your whole body.

    See a Professional

    All these tips, as well as practicing healthy habits such as a good diet, not smoking, and getting enough sleep can help you keep your back in good – or, at least, manageable – shape. But for advice and treatment that is customized to your specific body, you should see your doctor and get him to recommend you a specialist. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to see a massage therapist, a chiropractor, or a pain management professional. A professional doctor you trust can help you seek the treatment and relief that’s right for you.

    Sources: http://www.medicaldaily.com/sleeping-positions-stay-healthy-best-and-worst-ways-sleep-during-night-296714

    This post was posted in Company, Education

  • New Habits for the New Year

    Posted on December 28, 2015 by Core Products

    There is no better time than the start of a new year to make healthy lifestyle changes. Many vow to hit to the gym or to lose those extra holiday pounds, but even simple, small goals can lead to a great start of the year. Don’t set unrealistic goals- losing 20 pounds in a couple months is not likely realistic and you are likely going to only feel worse if you don’t meet your goal. Instead think about making attainable goals to incorporate into your everyday life.

    Make it a habit at bedtime to think about all the things you are thankful for. This will make you appreciate what you already have instead of reeling over what’s missing in your life.

    Make it a goal to get outside! Fresh air and exercise are the best ways to rejuvenate your body and mind. Take a short walk outside every day, even if it’s just around the block- or take the stairs instead of the elevator. These small choices can make a big difference in your life.

    Make playlists of songs for every mood. Online music sites like Spotify allow you to create your own personal playlists of music. The right music can make a big difference in your mood. Needing a pick-me-up? Create a list of songs that get you going. Feeling sentimental or needing to relax? Create of list of your favorite calming tunes.

    Meditate. We’ve heard it a thousand times yet we still don’t make time for it. Taking even ten minutes out of your day to meditate can reset your mood and make you more in tune with your body.

    See a doctor. A new year is a great time to do that yearly checkup to make sure you are healthy. Talk to your doctor about any issues you are having and make sure everything is operating as it should be. A simple thing like an underactive thyroid may be what’s causing you to feel so tired. Addressing those issues will make you feel better and give you peace of mind about your health.

    Remember, you don’t have to wait until the new year to make these changes. The sooner you start the better you will feel.

    This post was posted in Company, Education

  • Causes and Cures for Neck Pain

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by Core Products

    There are many reasons you may be experiencing neck pain. And let’s just say…it’s a pain! Whether you spent too long in an awkward position, slept with the wrong pillow or carried something too heavy you may not be able to turn your head to the side? You have to move your whole body like a robot to turn around. It not only looks a bit strange, but it hurts!

    So what can you do prevent waking up in the robot state? First, there are preventative measures you can take. Posture is always the key to an aligned neck and spine. Whether you are sitting at a desk for hours or on your feet all day, make sure you sit and stand in the right position to keep everything aligned. You should always have both feet flat on the floor and sit up straight with your shoulders back. Try to get the habit of thinking of a rope pulling you up from the top of your head.

    A good pillow is a MUST. Most neck pain comes after sleeping for hours in an awkward position or with a pillow that is too firm. Here at Core Products we offer a variety of pillows to fit anyone’s unique form. Whether it’s a cervical pillow or memory foam, choosing the right option for you will prevent unnecessary pain upon awaking.

    When you wake up with neck pain or strain your neck, you’ll likely want a quick remedy to help you get through the day. Cold packs are one good option. The cold helps reduce swelling and allows the muscle to heal. Heat may also work. Heat helps bring the blood flow to the area affected. Moist heat like a hot bath or shower may also help alleviate pain.

    If the natural remedies aren’t working, you may want to consider an over-the -counter pain medication such as ibuprofen which helps by reducing inflammation.

    A massage is another great way to relieve the pain. While it may be painful to get the massage, the outcome might be just what you need. Massage stimulates blood flow to area and also loosens the muscles to help heal.

    There is no need to live with chronic neck pain. If you notice you are frequently waking up with a stiff or sore neck, it’s time to look into the right pillow to bring you comfort during the night.

    This post was posted in Company, Education

  • 3 Ways to Rejuvenate During Holiday Breaks

    Posted on December 11, 2015 by Core Products

    When we think about the chaos of the holiday season it’s hard not to think about all the stress…crowded shopping malls, uncomfortable family dinners and holiday travel all can make the holidays seem less enjoyable but more stressful. Here at Core Products we want to take the stress out of the holidays by offering ways to utilize the holiday break for rejuvenation.

    Most of us have stressful jobs, and many take advantage of time off during the holiday season. Instead of adding stress during time off work use it to your advantage to decompress, relax, enjoy family time and be present in the precious moments.

    Take a spa day

    Holidays aren’t just about doing things for others but you need to take a little time to do something for your own well-being. A relaxing day at the spa, with a massage to relieve anxiety and stress will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered.

    Have a staycation

    With all the hustle and bustle we suggest planning one day where you don’t go anywhere. Stay in, watch a holiday movie, catch up on your latest book or play a board game with the family. You may want to spend the day in your PJ’s and embrace the fact that you don’t have to leave the house.

    Make a plan

    To make the holidays as seamless as possible, start planning now. Grabbing those holiday necessities a little at a time when you’re shopping is a good way to start things off right. Make a list of what you need to do. Don’t wait until the last minute to get out those holiday cards. The more you plan and prep ahead of time the more time you’ll have to enjoy the season.

    Core Products wants your life to be stress-free and comfortable. Treat yourself to a new pillow or warm blanket to stay cozy all season long.

    This post was posted in Company, Education

  • Travel in Comfort This Holiday Season

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Core Products

    Many of us hit the road or fly across the country to be with loved ones during the holidays. Travel, especially during the holiday season, can be very stressful, and sitting for hours in a car or plane, or sleeping on a couch, can be very uncomfortable. Here are Core Products we want you to travel in comfort this holiday season and we have just what it takes to make comfortable travel a reality- and here’s a hint, pillows are key!

    Core Products Travel Core Pillows give you just the necessary support to avoid discomfort when traveling. On sale now, the Travel Core Cervical Pillow provides the right amount of head and neck support allowing you to sleep as well traveling as you do at home. Travel Core is compact, fitting easily into a suitcase.

    Providing natural placement of head and neck support, cervical pillows provide the correct posturing when sleeping on your back or side. Travel Core can relieve intense pain, relieve spasms, and remove tension. Travel Core Pillows come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the needs of your comfort.

    - The Memory Travel Core Neck Pillow is made with 100% viscoelastic foam conforming to the unique shape of your head and neck. This pillow is available in blue with plush polyester.

    - The Jackson Roll pillow is one of the versatile of the collection with fiber support. The Jackson Roll can help relieve tension, stiffness, aches and pains. The pillow adds gentle support and can be used for neck support, behind your back or under your knees. The compact size makes it perfect for travel.

    - The Adjustable Travel Roll can be used as a travel pillow for resting when flying or driving long distances. The roll can be used virtually anywhere to increase comfort, low back support or under the ankles when lying down. The roll comes with an attached air pump to fill to your desired firmness.

    Wherever the holidays take you, comfort is always key. The Core Products line of travel pillows make the perfect companions while away from home. Visit https://www.coreproducts.com/ for special pricing going on now!

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  • 5 Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season

    Posted on November 24, 2015 by Core Products

    It’s November and that means only a few weeks until the kick-off of the holiday season. Keeping your stress level low through what can be the busiest time of the year is essential to your overall well-being. Here at Core Products we want to offer 5 tips for a stress free holiday season.

    1. Be prepared. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy that Thanksgiving turkey, or to find that perfect gift. Start preparing now so you’ll have less stress later.
    2. Don’t take on too much. Many of us have such busy schedules that we take on too much during the holidays. If it’s going to stress you out to have family over to your house, don’t do it. There are many nice restaurants for holiday meals- and the best part is, you don’t have to clean up the mess.
    3. Save a day off for when the holidays are over. Many of us use our vacation days during the prime holiday season to spend time with family and enjoy the company. But one of the best things you can do is save one day off for when everything is over. Once the kids are back in school and the family has left, take a day to de-holiday your house, get that exercise you’ve been avoiding and set yourself up mentally for the new year ahead.
    4. Don’t worry about a clean house, instead focus on family. Many adults spend so much time cooking and cleaning that they don’t even have time to catch up with loved ones. It’s not necessary to do the dishes immediately following a meal. Instead stay at the dinner table and enjoy some relaxing communication. Remember, when the holidays are over there will be plenty of time to tidy up but you may miss out on family memories if you concentrate on cleaning instead of conversation.
    5. Prepare yourself mentally for the unexpected. As with life, many things come up unexpectedly at the last minute. Realize that these things happen and it always seems to work out. Don’t let unexpected events ruin your holiday cheer. If your flight is delayed or you are stuck in a traffic jam, take the time to catch up with your family- the real meaning of the holidays. Think of unexpected events as adventures.

    Following these simple guidelines will get you the worst of your aunts fruit cake!

    How to Avoid the Pain Pill Epidemic

    Over the past few years prescription drugs have become the drug of choice for many addicts. Some may be prescribed the drug after an injury or surgery or some simply may be looking for a good high. What has become overwhelmingly transparent is the addictive nature of these drugs. Here at Core Products we offer several solutions to pain so that you can be comfortable without relying on risky pain pills that may leave you with a worse problem than you had to start.

    The number of people, especially older, who are experiencing some type of pain is overwhelming. It’s no wonder they are looking for a quick fix, sometimes to simply make it through the day. But be warned- using prescription drugs like Oxycodone may take away the pain temporarily but may leave you with a lifetime of pain ahead of you- addiction.

    To avoid resorting to pain pills for comfort we have several products that can not only help prevent pain but can give you the comfort you need to function day to day.

    Best Comfort Gifts for the “Pains” in Your Life

    With the holiday season just around the bin you are probably starting to think about gifts for the loved ones in your life. What better gift to give than the gift of comfort? Core Products has several gift suggestions that your “painful” friends and family will surely appreciate.

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  • November is National Sleep Comfort Month

    Posted on November 13, 2015 by Core Products

    November is National Sleep Comfort Month and here at Core Products we are all about getting a good night’s sleep. To honor this holiday we have come up with the best products to give you that added comfort during the night.

    Neck Rolls are a great replacement for pillows if you suffer from neck pain. A neck roll like the Positioning Bolster Dutchman Roll softly cushion the back of your neck reshaping the top portion of your spine back into its natural position.

    Sleep position is another factor that contributes to comfortable sleep. Sleeping flat on your back is the most recommended position for sleeping; however many of us find ourselves moving around in the night and ending up on our sides or stomachs. These positions may alter the natural shape of your neck and spine and cause added discomfort. Remember- back is best. Therapeutica ergonomic pillows are perfect for back sleeping!

    Find the right mattress. With a variety of mattress choices available, make sure your mattress is up to par or get a new one. Mattresses can be the leaders in causing sleep discomfort. It may be worth the extra money to invest in a good night’s sleep by choosing the right mattress.

    Remember, a better night’s sleep will make you happier, healthier and more prepared to face the everyday stressors of life.

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  • How to Survive Holiday Weight Gain

    Posted on October 31, 2015 by Core Products

    Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday cookies and treats- it seems almost impossible to avoid weight gain during the holidays. Going into the holiday season, here at Core Products your health is our concern. Obesity is a major epidemic in the U.S. and most are finding it difficult to maintain an ideal weight. The temptations during the holidays only contribute to this problem, so it’s best to get a plan in action now to avoid those excess calories. Being overweight causes many health problems and is a major contributor to back pain which plagues many.

    Here are some steps to take now to avoid having to work off those extra lbs later.

    -Set Goals   

    Set a plan now for how you will limit excess calories. Perhaps increase your workout routine to account for the extra temptations, or vow to give up one of your favorite indulgences for the season.

    -Eat Before a Party

    If you are going to be attending a holiday party, it’s best to eat protein before you leave the house. Have a handful of almonds, this will tide you over and may even give you the power to resist the bread basket.

    -Trade Water for Alcohol

    Holiday parties are notorious for “drinking holiday cheer.” Alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories. Staying hydrated with lots of water will not only keep you away from the cocktails but it may also make you less inclined to indulge at dinner.

    Holiday weight gain is definitely a concern for many- but having fun should also be a priority. Enjoying time with family and friends is priceless, but you can have just as good of a time without sampling everything on the dessert tray! Core Products wishes everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

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  • Help Relieve Joint Pain and Arthritis

    Posted on October 20, 2015 by Core Products

    The elbow and wrist are often the most impacted by the pain of arthritis and joint pain. The pain can affect your easiest day-to-day routines. Even the simplest tasks of opening doors or typing can be painful. Pain in these upper extremity areas can be caused by a number of reasons including: arthritis, fractures, strains and sprains, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow or nerve damage.

    Core Products offers a variety of options for those experiencing joint pain in the elbow and wrist.

    -Elbow Pain

    Tennis elbow is probably the most common cause of elbow pain- other than an injury or fracture. Tennis elbow occurs when repetitive motions overwork the tendons in your elbow. Core Products offers the Neoprene Tennis Elbow Support that provides healing warmth and support to alleviate the pain of tennis elbow. It applies pressure and warmth for targeted relief of pain.

    -Wrist Pain

    Wrist pain can come from several causes including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures and tendonitis. Core Products offers products specifically designed to alleviate wrist pain. The Nelmed Wrist Wrap is a lightweight wrap that provides comfort and support without irritating the skin. The wrap is simple to use and comfortable enough to use daily. The Powerwrap Wrist Brace Universal allows for a more custom fit by providing quick pull on straps. It’s easy to wear and easy to adjust.

    There is no need to go another day with pain in your elbow or wrist. With a variety of elastic, slip-on and splint braces, Core Products has just the product you need to get the custom support necessary to take away your pain.

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