Think of an apple…inside is the core, with the seeds that started that apple on it’s journey to a beautifully formed fruit. Your body also has a core which serves as the central stabilizing foundation for your healthy and active body.
The “core” is is not just one single body part though..it’s actually the entire area including the abdominal wall, the pelvis, lower back and diaphragm. The diaphragm is the main muscle for breathing, which is also a key component in providing core stability for moving and lifting. Whenever lift something or just move from one position to another (like sitting to standing), the core region is tensed first and a deep breath is taken in. It’s something that happens regularly throughout your day but without realizing all this is happening at once in your body!
Whether you are recovering from a back or shoulder injury, or you have weakness or back pain from extra weight during pregnancy, the key to finding relief – and ultimately gaining strength and ability to avoid future pain, is developing a strong core to support your body well through all types of activities. Without core stability and strength, the lower back is not supported from inside and can be easily injured by a strain.
It’s also not just a matter of doing 100 daily crunches and sit ups to build and maintain a healthy and strong core. It requires a routine including a variety of exercises working several different muscles including your hips and back, all the way up through your shoulders!
Some fun exercises that focus on core strength and stability are Pilates and yoga, as well as activities using different types and sizes of fitness/balance balls and bands. A certified fitness trainer or a licensed physical therapist should be consulted to help you develop a great personalized routine (using proper form and technique) for your healthy core.
While you focus on building strength and improving your core for the future, you may need a good support product to provide relief to your core/lower back region as you heal and strengthen.
When you suffer from knee pain, one thing is for certain…you want relief and you want it fast! Knee pain can come from many different types of conditions or injuries, and there are several aspects to your knees that make them vulnerable to painful problems. Your knee pain might be due to a sports injury, accident or fall, or a medical condition such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, cartilage tear or dislocated knee cap.
Since we need our knees for virtually all aspects of our daily life, from getting in and out of bed, to climbing up or down a flight of stairs and bending to pick up something we dropped, there’s no time for suffering with debilitating knee problems and pain. A thorough medical exam (which may require x-rays or an MRI) will be able to determine the cause, and then, a proper treatment plan to get you back in motion and pain-free, fast!
Your doctor may prescribe a course of home care including stretching and strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory medicines, elevation and icing to reduce swelling. Physical therapy can also be a non-invasive treatment.
To provide relief to the knee, your doctor may also recommend the use of a knee brace, support or stabilizer, depending on the type of injury you have and which knee support product will be most effective. They are made from various combinations of metal, foam, plastic, elastic material and straps. Since they are not just a ‘one size fits most’ product, and there are dozens to choose from , you will want to consult with your doctor or physical therapist for advice on which type to choose.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common conditions affecting the nerves of the hand. You know you’ve got it when you are experiencing numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hand, which is due to pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. The median nerve and several tendons run down your forearm to your hand through a small space (carpal tunnel) in the wrist. This median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers, but not the pinky finger.
Although Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not a life-threatening condition, it certainly can have a significant and negative affect on your lifestyle if left untreated. The three primary symptoms are pain, numbness and tingling, and the symptoms first tend to show up at night or 1st thing in the morning upon waking.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the key to relief is to see your doctor right away and find out what is recommended in your specific case to treat the problem quickly.
Typically, with mild to moderate symptoms, the home-care options for treatment are effective. Surgery and other more invasive treatments exist but are not recommended as a first course of treatment. If your doctor prescribes RICE to you, he’s not suggesting you start eating sushi to cure your carpal tunnel. RICE is an acronym for REST, ICE, COMPRESSION and ELEVATION. Wearing a wrist support at night when resting the hand (or even during general activities) is the best way to take pressure off the nerve and affected areas and enable healing to take place.
Think running, biking and swimming are great for your health? You might be surprised to hear that it’s not always so. The number of athletes and races that result in casualty and not just because of accidents is high. What is even more surprising to hear is that during triathlon races, it is during the swimming part that most deaths occurred. In between 2003 and 2011 out of 31 out of 45 deaths during races occurred during the swim leg.
While most of the deaths seem to be heart related, it appears that many of the athletes suffer from swimming-induced pulmonary edema, particularly prevalent during endurance swimming.
Well we’ve been saying this all along, but now an official study has been done to show the effectiveness of compression socks.
Runners world reports that a recent study was done where participants ran on a treadmill and their exhaustion levels were measured two weeks before they ran the marathon. They were then told to wear support stockings for 48 hours after running the marathon with some wearing compression socks and others a placebo and two weeks after the marathon the same graduated treadmill test was done with exhaustion levels were taken.
Well, guess what? Those wearing Jobst support stockings (sponsored of course) did indeed score better.
Surprised? We’re not. We’ve been saying that good support gear with graduated compression is imperative for recovery from sports. But now that there’s an official study, we can finally be believed.
I was reading a blog post by Running for Cupcakes today, and in it she plays the “Never Have I Ever” game regarding fitness and running. (Some of the comments are also pretty hilarious.) Courtney has never run more than a mile on the treadmill. (Neither have I! I’m an outdoors guy myself.) She’s never run with sunglasses on. (Neither have I…granted, I run mostly after dark so that I don’t get overheated.) And she’s never worn compression socks during a race. Only after.
So here’s a question to go out to all of our customers, and runners in general: how many of you wear compression socks to help with recovery? And how do you wear them? Do you wear the socks during a marathon or 10k? After? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
The month-long 2014 World Cup drew to a close yesterday. I personally was rooting for Costa Rica, but firstly, I knew that they didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in winning over the Netherlands, and secondly, I don’t actually feel any allegiance to Costa Rica. The decision was based purely on a Buzzfeed quiz. They did make it further than anyone expected, so all in all not a bad choice.
One notable garment that featured largely in the World Cup was – you guessed it – compression socks. And that brought up the age-old compression debate: does compression technology contribute to athletic performance, and if so, how does it contribute?
This argument has gone back and forth many times over the past couple of years, and athletic compression has staunch advocates as well as skeptic doubters. Australia’s Charles Stuart University decided to settle the question once and for all. After conducting a controlled experiment with cricket players in Australia, they determined that while compression socks didn’t enhance any of the athletes’ performance during the game, they contributed significantly to recovery afterward. Muscle soreness was relieved more quickly, and exercise-related trauma was substantially reduced.
Fashion trends are leaning toward sporty. If you don’t believe us, check out the ready-to-wear from Victor & Rolf, ALC, Belstaff, and DKNY spring 2014 collections. But Prada took it one step further with their take on compression stockings.
In general compression wear has developed into a trend that involves much more style and fashion. Runners are sporting vibrantly hued compression socks over the course of their marathons. Basketball players are sleeving up with brand-name compression arm and calf sleeves. (We love the Mojo Performance calf sleeves ourselves.)
Point is, compression socks and hosiery are no longer limited to travel and specific conditions. Compression wear offers support to runners and athletes, and it may shorten recovery time and reduce swelling in those who partake in longer periods of activity. Compression socks are fun, colorful, and – dare we say it? – cool.
Are you lost when it comes to choosing your compression level? So are a lot of customers. Discount Surgical offers four levels of compression for our socks and stockings, from mild support to extra firm compression. And each one offers different benefits for different lifestyles.
That’s why we created a fun visualization on choosing the right compression stockings. Have an office job that requires you to sit for long hours? Then our mild support (15 mmHG) compression level may be right for you. If you’re taking a long plane trip, then medium support compression socks might be the way to go.
Check out the infographic below – and remember, if you’re still having difficulty selecting the right compression level for your socks, you can chat with our friendly, helpful support team.