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How to Avoid Swimsuit Chafe, Wetsuit Chafe and PFD Chafe

2Toms Swimsuit chafe preventionWhen we think about water activities its’ often a cool laps in the pool, the thrill of riding the waves, or even the excitement of the bang of the starting gun – but it’s not chafing.

Swimsuit chafe, wetsuit chafe, or life vest (PFD) chafe are certainly not part of the image but they too often become part of the reality; a reality that often interferes with training, change the mechanics of your stroke and can certainly spoil the fun.

Chafing happens due to friction, whether it’s skin-to-skin rubbing or friction between your skin and fabric such as your swimsuit, wetsuit or life vest. Regardless of the reason, the net result is often a painful burning or stinging sensation that can come on quickly and eventually escalate to becoming a bleeding open wound. These swimsuit chafe abrasions can become painful, the burning sensation become intolerable resulting sidelining you from your favorite activity.

Saltwater often accelerates the on-set of swimsuit chafe.  When you think about it, it makes sense. 2Toms Wetsuit chafe prevention Sea salt is often use for skin cleansing or even therapeutic baths but they’re never left on the skin for prolonged periods of time.  The continuous skin friction of an open water ocean swim, surfing or other salt water activity is prime conditions for swimsuit chafe. Saltwater swimsuit chafe or PFD chafe can escalate more quickly than in fresh water. Once the skin is broken, the salts and ions in the salt water cause cells to break open exposing more cells underneath to damage and the bacteria found in open water.

2Toms Wetsuit chafe protectionWhether you’re in the water for fun, competition or exercise, preventing swimsuit chafe before it starts is a priority for anyone planning on spending time in the water.

Recommended steps to preventing swimsuit chafe:

 

  1. Wear a bathing suit that fits well, one that stays in place but is not too loose or too tight. This applies to PFDs as well.
  2. Keep your bathing suit clean and dry. Remember to rinse it in fresh water after every use and put it back on after it dries. Dirt, debris and dried sweat increase the possibility of friction between your bathing suit and skin. Gentle, effective detergents like 2Toms StinkFree Detergent can be used in a sink, bucket or washing machine and are designed to deal with high-performance fabrics.
  3. Hydrate yourself so you can sweat freely.
  4. Rinse your body with fresh water to avoid sweat from sitting on your skin and forming salt crystals.
  1. Prevent chafing before it starts with 2Toms SportShield and SportShield for Her! Both of these products are designed to form a long-lasting, odor-neutral barrier that protects you from skin-to-skin and skin- fabric chafing.  SportShield will not affect the stitching of swimsuits as do some other petroleum-based products.
  2. To prevent swimsuit chafe, apply 2Toms SportShield anywhere there is a seam on the swimsuit or anywhere the PDF touches the skin.

So, next time you’re getting ready for a day of surfing, watersports, or a long pool training session, take a few minutes to shield yourself from swimsuit chafe!

2Toms SportsShield & SportShield for Her! Available in travel size!

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Preventing Cycling Saddle Sores from Ruining Your Ride

Preventing Cycling Saddle Sores from Ruining Your Ride

2Toms ButtShield for Cycling Saddle SoresSpend any time with cyclists and you are bound at some point to hear them lamenting about saddle sores.  It’s not a pretty subject, but cycling saddle sores are a common affliction for cyclists.  Even the smallest of cycling saddle sores can be extremely painful and ruin a bike ride.  Most medical experts say that saddle sores are actually boils caused by skin bacteria that invade surface abrasions.  Cycling saddle sores typically have three stages: mild skin abrasion and chafing, red acne lumps (folliculitis), and abscess.  The 3rd stage, abscess, usually requires seeking medical treatment.

To some extent, saddle sores are inevitable and cannot be completely avoided, but here are some ways to help prevent cycling saddle sores as much as possible:

Increase ride distance gradually – Beginner cyclists, or cyclists returning from a break, need to make sure they leave time for getting used to being in the saddle.  When cyclists start off with very long rides and they are unaccustomed to the saddle, a cycling saddle sore is much more likely. Also, as a rider’s legs get stronger, they are able to take a bit more weight off the posterior which can help protect sensitive areas.

Improve bike fit – If the seat is too high, a rider’s hips rock on each pedal stroke and increase friction across the nose of the saddle. The result is irritated skin and a greater chance of saddle sores.  It is a good idea for cyclists to have their position checked by a coach or knowledgeable bike shop person.

Select a supportive seat – Saddle choice is very important. Wide saddles can chafe inner thighs while narrow saddles might not provide enough support for cyclist’s sit bones.  Thickly padded saddles can press upward between your sit bones, causing uncomfortable numbing pressure.  The best seat choice for any rider is usually found through trial and error.

2Toms-ButtShield-rollonApply 2Toms ButtShield before each rideButtShield has an easy roll-on applicator and will last all day.  Applying ButtShield to the groin area, thighs, buttocks, and surrounding areas, will reduce friction and protect skin from rashes and cycling saddle sores.  It is waterproof, non-greasy, and non-toxic.

Develop a strong core – A saddle sore is more likely if you are rocking around the saddle.  Cyclists who have stronger core muscles can keep a strong position on the bike which will help reduce the irritation that can lead to cycling saddle sores.

Stand frequently – Standing helps take off the saddle and restores circulation.  Get in the habit of standing for 15-20 seconds every few minutes. Take advantage of opportunities such as short hills, rough pavement, or accelerating from stop signs.

Move on the saddle – Sit mostly toward the rear where your sit bones get maximum support and take pressure off your groin area.  Try moving farther back on seated climbs and more to the middle when bending low.  Each position shift relieves pressure points and can help reduce the chance of developing cycling saddle sores.

Wear quality cycling shorts – To reduce the possibility of saddle sores, it is important to use a good cycling short.  Look for shorts with a one-piece liner or one that is sewn with flat seams.  It may take experimenting with shorts brands to find the model that works best. Women often do better with shorts designed specifically for their anatomy and that have a liner with no center seam.

Keep clean – Always wear clean shorts for each ride and remove sweaty shorts as soon as possible after a ride.  Since cycling saddle sores can develop when bacteria is present on chafed areas, it is important to shower and put on loose-fitting clothes that will allow skin to breathe right after a bike ride.

 

 

SportShield: The MUST HAVE Chafing and Rubbing Protection for Just About Any Activity

Don’t just take our word for it 2Toms® SportShield® REALLY works!                                                                                                                                            Español clic aquí

SportShield THE MUST HAVE CHAFING PREVENTION FOR JUST ABOUT ANY ACTIVITY

2Toms SportShield

Whether you’re running, hiking, or swimming 2Toms SportShield has quickly become one of the “must haves”.

Lately, the feedback has been pouring in, so, we thought we’d share…

FEATURED USER

I will forever be your Sports Shield's biggest supporter & cheerleader! I have told all my running friends about this product!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!   -- Rhonda Gillis

I will forever be your Sports Shield’s biggest supporter & cheerleader! I have told all my running friends about this product!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!
— Rhonda Gillis

HOLY COW!!!!!!

I just wanted to take the opportunity to write you guys and thank you for your amazing Sports Shield!!!

I am a runner who suffered  from chafing until I was introduced to your product this past weekend at the Rock n Roll half marathon in Chicago. I do a 5 or 6 mile run twice a week, and a 10 mile run once a week. I run half marathon just about every month. I have tried lots of products to try to stop the chafing I get along my center bra line, but to no avail. The chafing was so bad, I would be a bloody mess by the end of my races (see pic).

The product I settled on was Glide, because although it didn’t prevent the chafing, it did make it more tolerable. I stopped by your booth at the RNR Expo on Saturday, and inquired about your anti-chafing products. This great guy (I lost his business card), told me he had the perfect product!

 I was skeptical, having tried so many other products, but he assured me his product would beat any product I’ve tried. He gave me a free sample and I went on my way. The next morning when I was getting ready for my half, I decided to go ahead a try Sport Shield out.  HOLY COW!!!!!! Not only did I not have chafing, but I was not even red!  I will forever be your Sports Shield’s biggest supporter & cheerleader! I have told all my running friends about this product!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!  Thank you so much for ending my chafing problem! I hope to see you all at the Rock N Roll half marathon in Va. Beach over Labor Day weekend so I can buy more of this awesome product! Thank you so much for creating the Sports Shield!!!!!!

 — Rhonda Gillis

 

SWIMMERS

 Need to have for open water swim.

LOVE IT. I did not notice that I needed this in time for my last race. I borrowed some other brand and I got a terrible rub rash. I will never swim in my wetsuit again without it.

— Tim L. from Minneapolis, MN

 

Better than BodyGlide

Product rolls on nicely, far better than Body Glide. I use this under my wetsuit and lately anytime I swim for long periods in lakes and ocean.

— Carl M. from Fleetwood, PA

 

Great Product!
This product rolls-on easily, and worked all day for my boys, while in the ocean and sand.

— S from NC

RUNNERS

 2Toms friction guard

This product when properly used will save a “pound” of flesh! Works great to protect from chaffing and blisters! A must for serious runners and other sports. Stops foot blisters and raw areas.

Female Runner

I’m a well-endowed runner… I’ve run countless 1/2 marathons, 1 full marathon and am training for my 2nd which means 30-40 miles running/week.

I’ve tried it all (it seems)… I’ve tried the sprays, the glides, the goops, the whatfors and NOTHING has worked. I had raw skin in places I need skin, UNTIL someone recommended 2Toms.

The first time I used it was for a 17-mile run and I closed my eyes to grimace in pain during that first shower but was able to slowly peek and then let out the pent up breath I’d been holding because there WAS NO CHAFE! what!? How can that be!? I almost cried in relief because, well, I was so relieved.

So I’ve recommended this to so many other people I’m thinking about applying to be a sales rep for the company.

— Kristine

 

HIKERS/BACKPACKERS

Works Great!

I have had a life-long problem with chafing between my thighs while backpacking in hot weather.  This product completely prevented the problem.

The towelettes are easy to use and I was able to use the same towelette over and over for a 3 day trip.  They are also very light which is good for backpacking.The towelettes work by imparting a slippery, silicone like coating that greatly reduces friction between moving parts.

— Daryl from Seattle

Worked Wonderfully

Worked wonderfully.  Solved a life long problem with chafing in my crotch (armpit between my legs).  One towelette lasted for daily use on a 4 day backpacking trip.  Feels very silky…like silicone.

 

DIABETIC INJURY PREVENTION

I’m Diabetic.  Cannot Hurt My Feet. This Truly Works!

This is the real deal! I use this for blisters and can’t believe it works perfectly!

Roll on formula is odorless, colorless, non sticky and it only goes away with soap!
I walk 6 miles daily. The shoes I wear are MBT’s that are bulky and heavy so blisters in certain spots are inevitable.
I’m diabetic and cannot hurt my feet at all!
My heels have paper thin skin and I couldn’t continue sticking Dr.Sholl’s MoleSkin or any type of bandage to protect me from blisters because by the time I remove them I most of the time remove part of my own skin too!
This product is fantastic.  I hope this review helps you make a better purchase!

— A. L. Welch By

 

GENERAL RUBBING & CHAFING USAGE

Great Chub Rub Product!

I use this between my thighs under dresses in the summertime and it’s the best product I’ve used! I only have to reapply every 4 hours or so. Will definitely be purchasing again!

— Amanda

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 SPORTSHIELD: THE MUST HAVE CHAFING AND RUBBING PROTECTION

 INCREDIBLE

I will forever be your Sports Shield's biggest supporter & cheerleader! I have told all my running friends about this product!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!! -- Rhonda Gillis

I will forever be your Sports Shield’s biggest supporter & cheerleader! I have told all my running friends about this product!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!
— Rhonda GillisHola! Quería tener la oportunidad de escribirles y agradecerles por su increíble producto Sports Shield!

Hola! Soy una corredora que sufría mucho de roces en la piel hasta que me presentaron  su producto este fin de semana en la media maratón de Rock n Roll en Chicago. Corro entre 5 ó 6 km dos veces por semana, y una carrera de 10 millas una vez a la semana. Corro media maratón casi todos los meses. He probado un montón de productos para tratar de detener el roce que me provoca el sostén cuando corro, pero todo fue en vano. El roce era tan malo, que al final de mis carreras siempre terminaba sangrienta.

El producto con el que me establecí fue Glide, aunque no elimino el roce, ayudaba a que fuera un poco más tolerable. Pasé por su stand en la Expo RNR el sábado, y pregunté acerca de sus productos anti-rozaduras. Este gran tipo (he perdido su tarjeta), me dijo que tenía el producto perfecto!

Como pueden imaginar fui un poco escéptica, ya que en el pasado había probado muchos productos pero nada había ayudado. Pero él me aseguró que su producto le ganaría a cualquier producto que he probado. Él me dio una muestra gratis y continúe con mi camino. A la mañana siguiente, cuando me estaba preparando para mi media maratón, decidí probar Sport Shield. INCREIBLE!!!!!! No sólo no tenia rozaduras, pero ni siquiera mi piel quedo roja después de la carrera! Siempre estaré agradecida con este producto y sere una de sus fieles compradoras y animadoras de Sports Shield! Le he contado sobre este producto a todos mis amigos corredores! ES ABSOLUTAMENTE INCREIBLE!!!!!!Muchas gracias por ayudarme a terminar mi problema con rozaduras! Espero verlos a todos en el medio maratón de Rock N Roll en Virginia Beach el fin de semana de Labor Day para que pueda comprar más de este producto impresionante! Muchas gracias por crear Sport Shield!!!!!!   –          Rhonda Gillis

 NADADORES

Producto Necesario para Nadar

SportShield THE MUST HAVE CHAFING PREVENTION FOR JUST ABOUT ANY ACTIVITY

2Toms SportShield

ME ENCANTA! No me di cuenta de que lo necesitaba la última carrera que tuve. Pedí prestado alguna otra marca y me dio un terrible sarpudillo en la piel. Nunca voy a nadar en mi traje de neopreno de nuevo sin él.

– Tim L. de Minneapolis, MN

 Mejor que BodyGlide

Producto se desliza en la piel muy fácilmente, mucho mejor que BodyGlide. Yo lo uso bajo mi traje de neopreno y últimamente cada vez que nado por largos períodos en el lago y el océano, lo uso.

– Carl M. de Fleetwood, PA

 Excelente Producto

Este producto se desliza en la pielcon facilidad, y trabajó todo el día para mis hijos, mientras estaban en el océano y la arena.

– S de NC

CORREDORES

2Toms Ayuda Con La Fricción

Cuando se usa correctamente este producto le ahorrará una “libra” de la carne! Funciona muy bien para protegerlo de rozaduras y ampollas! Imprescindible para los corredores serios y otros deportes. Ayuda a eliminar las ampollas en los pies.

 Corredora

Soy una corredora muy bien dotada… He corrido innumerables media maratones, 1 maratón completa y estoy entrenando para mi segunda maratón  lo que significa correr entre 30 a 40 millas por semana.

Lo he intentado todo.. He intentado los aerosoles, los rodillos, las pomadas, y nada ha funcionado. Tenía la piel abierta en varios lugares que necesito piel, hasta que alguien me recomiendo 2Toms.

La primera vez que lo usé fue para una carrera de 17 millas, y cerré los ojos para hacer una mueca de dolor durante esa primera ducha. Fui capaz de mirar lentamente y luego deje escapar el aliento reprimido que había estado aguantando porque no había rozaduras! qué? ¿Cómo puede ser eso? Casi lloré de alivio porque, me sentía tan aliviada.

Así que lo he recomendado a muchas otras personas, y estoy pensando en aplicar para ser una representante de ventas para la compañía.

– Kristine.

 

EXCURSIONISTAS / MOCHILEROS

Trabaja Muy Bien

He tenido problemas toda mi vida con el roce entre mis muslos mientras ando de mochilero en climas calientes. Este producto previno completamente ese problema.

Las toallitas son fáciles de usar, fui capaz de utilizar la misma toallita una y otra vez durante un viaje de 3 días. Son también muy ligeras que es algo muy bueno para mochileros. Las toallitas funcionan al impartir una silicona resbaladiza, que ayuda a reducir considerablemente la fricción entre las partes móviles.

Daryl from Seattle

 

Funciono De Maravilla

Trabajó maravillosamente. Resolvió un problema que he tenido toda mi vida con el roce en mi entrepierna (axila entre las piernas). Una toallita duró para el uso diario en un viaje de mochilero que duro 4 días. Se siente muy sedoso… como silicona.

 

PREVENCIÓN PARA LESIONES DE DIABETES

Soy diabética. No puedo dañarme los pies. Esto realmente funciona!

Este producto es excelente! Yo lo uso para las ampollas y no puedo creer que funciona perfectamente!

La formula de Rodillo, es sin olor, transparente, y no es pegajosa y sólo desaparece con jabón! Camino 6 millas diariamente. Los zapatos que uso son de MBT que son voluminosos y pesados ​​por lo que ampollas en ciertos lugares es inevitable.

 

EL ROCE GENERAL

Yo lo uso entre mis muslos bajo los vestidos en el verano y es el mejor producto que he usado! Sólo tengo que volver a aplicar cada 4 horas más o menos. Sin duda volvere a comprar otra vez!

 

 

 

 

Fighting Fatigue During Extended Cycling Rides

Cycling RidesIf you experience fatigue after extended cycling rides, that is, of course, only natural. You’re supposed to feel tired after a good workout. Like any form of physical activity, of course, there comes a point where “too much of a good thing” can actually rob you of benefits. Here is some information from Medi-Dyne on how to get the most out of your workout without doing damage to your body.

Keeping Your System Properly Fueled

Glycogen is the fuel your body uses to sustain itself during long cycling rides or any other type of strenuous workout. The longer you are active, the more your level of glycogen diminishes. If you go too long on your bike without replenishing that fuel, the more fatigued you will be. Your body will protect itself by lowering your performance level if it doesn’t receive the nourishment it needs, so make sure you keep a sports drink and a banana handy so that you can refuel.

When your ride is complete, you should feel “good fatigue,” meaning that you could possibly go on another ride once you’ve rested for a while. However, if you think there is absolutely no chance that you could get back on your bike for at least 24 hours, that’s a pretty good indication that you’ve gone too far. You may be at risk for dehydration or severe muscle aches and soreness.

Get Back on that Horse

We’re not recommending, of course, that you rest for an hour and then get right back on your bike and go another 20 miles. However, if you provide your body with the proper resources it needs to recover after an extended ride, there’s no reason you couldn’t get back to it a lot sooner than you may think. Once you’re done, use a recovery drink or even grab a pint of chocolate milk. It not only tastes great, it also has much-needed carbohydrates and fats.

At Medi-Dyne, we offer several products that can help train your muscles for strenuous activity such as cycling rides. We can help increase your flexibility so that your recovery time is less so that you enjoy the activities you love more. Visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.

Getting Your Body Ready for Cycling Season

CyclingWhile cycling is obviously a low-impact sport, it can have a detrimental impact on your body if you are not thoroughly prepared before you start the new season. Any kind of physical training can result in an injury if you don’t protect yourself, and cycling is no exception. Whether you just take a few spins around your block or you put in a 20-mile ride each day, the professionals with Medi-Dyne want to make sure you’re protected. Here are some tips to help make sure you’ll be ready once it’s time to climb in the seat.

Common Problem Areas

Cycling can lead to several different types of injuries. If you don’t properly train before starting your own regimen, these are just some of the problems you may be at risk of developing:

The importance of a good training schedule that will help you build up to longer distances and more intensive workouts cannot be overstated. Your body needs to be able to adapt to the stress of training – especially if you haven’t been that active through the winter. If you jump right into cycling long distances rather than gradually building up over time, you could be setting yourself up for a great deal of pain.

Making the Right Adjustments

In addition to proper hydration and nutrition, stretching can also be a great benefit both before and after your ride. However, the fit of your bike is extremely important to reducing the chances that injuries will occur. Since cycling is repetitive, if your bike is not adjusted properly from the start, you’ll just keep making the same mistake over and over again. Eventually, the odds are that an injury will take place.

For example, the height of the saddle is key. Not only will you have more power if the saddle is adjusted properly, you’ll also have a more efficient workout. If you are unable to fully extend your legs because your seat is too low, you run the risk of having hamstring problems.

Work up gradually to those longer distances. Remember, the stronger the foundation, the stronger the entire house will be. Medi-Dyne carries a wide range of products that can help you avoid some of the common problems that can occur during cycling. Visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.

What Can You Do to Prevent Hip Flexor Pain?

Hip Flexor PainHip flexor pain is a problem experienced by many people who lead active lifestyles. While the pain can be intense, it is manageable in most cases. But what if you could avoid that pain in the first place? Medi-Dyne would like to share some tips that could help keep you from experiencing this type of discomfort. Whether you’re having problems with your hip or you’re experiencing heel pain or plantar fasciitis, we have ways of helping you deal with the pain so that you can stay active.

Why Does This Happen?

If you’re like most people who exercise on a regular basis, you probably overdo it every once in a while. When you run, kick, bike or jump too much, your hip muscles can become inflamed. Hip flexor pain will be inevitable. It can also take place when you have to stop and start suddenly, such as when you’re playing soccer or basketball. Typically, the amount of pain will be small to start and then get worse over time. However, if you have a tear in the muscle you’ll suddenly feel intense pain. You could also feel stiff and find it difficult to lift your knee.

How Can I Keep this from Happening?

One of the best ways you can keep from being a victim of hip flexor pain is by making sure your muscles are thoroughly stretched both before and after your workout. Some of the exercises to consider include:

  • Straight leg raises
  • Knee-to-chest stretches
  • Planks to strengthen your core
  • Quadriceps stretches

Medi-Dyne offers two effective products that can help. The Core Stretch relaxes and elongates tissues to help keep your hip flexors from being strained, while the RangeRoller Pro offers the benefits of massage therapy to reduce discomfort should your muscles become sore. Contact us to learn more about these products, and share any tips that you may have to help avoid hip flexor pain. Also, let us know how you manage any plantar fasciitis issues or heel pain problems while pursuing the activities you love.

3 Products that WILL Increase Bicycle Safety

Bicycle SafetyAt Medi-Dyne, we help you get back on your bike (/pain-solution-center.html) after you’ve been injured. But we’d also like to keep you from being hurt in the first place. To that end, here are some bicycle safety products we recently came across that will help keep you protected while you’re on the road.

The Light You Simply Cannot Destroy

The Fortified Bicycle Alliance has created two indestructible bike lights – known as the Aviator and the Afterburner – that are not only tough, but also nearly impossible to steal. The inventors, according to their website, were inspired to design the lights after a friend’s bicycle safety light was stolen. He was subsequently struck by a vehicle while riding. The lights lock onto the seat post of the bike and handlebars. Each model contains a lithium-ion battery that is designed to last for approximately 40 hours and can be recharged by plugging them into a USB port.

Hit-and-Run Drivers Beware

The Rideye provides high-definition of accidents, much like an airplane’s black box is used to help determine the cause of a plane crash. The inventor was also inspired by an accident that injured a friend. The Rideye provides video footage that can identify hit-and-run drivers and runs on a battery designed to last 24 hours. It fits easily on a bike’s handlebars.

Shine a Bright Light on Your Ride

Revolights increase bicycle safety by incorporating LED lighting directly onto a bike’s wheels. Just like a car, they incorporate both taillights and brake lights, making cyclists much more visible as they ride.

While Medi-Dyne obviously wants you to remain safe while you’re riding, if you ever do suffer an injury we provide a wide range of products (/estore/) that can get you back up and around if you ever suffer an injury. Contact us to learn more.

Knee Pain: Solutions to Prevent Runner’s Knee

Cho-PatKnee pain is one of the most common symptoms of injury that individuals experience during the summer months. People are generally more active than they have been all year, and are using muscles in ways they have not been for several months.

Runner’s Knee is a term used to describe multiple knee pains and injuries, including; patellofemoral pain syndrome, and chondromalacia of the patella, . Runner’s Knee is the most common overuse injury among runner’s and individuals performing physical activity. Sufferers of runner’s knee usually experience pain around the knee or even behind the kneecap. Runner’s often experience runner’s knee after increasing mileage, and pain increases when running up an incline or down hill.

What are the causes of Runner’s Knee?

  • Overuse: Overstretched tendons, repeated jumping or bending of the knee can cause the tendons in the knee to be inflamed.
  • Trauma to the knee: Contact to the knee or a fall can cause runner’s knee pain.
  • Misalignment: A misalignment of the bones or muscles can cause stress to be placed unevenly, causing pain or even misplacement of the kneecap itself.
  • Weak muscles: Weak Glutes or upper leg muscles (Hamstrings, IT bands, Quads) will often pull at the knee causing knee pain. 
  • Arthritis: Arthritis Can cause aching or throbbing knee pain along the ligaments and tendons within the kneecap. 
  • Flat Feet: Stretching of the muscles or tendons can also be caused by overpronation, fallen arches, or flat feet.

What are solutions for Runner’s Knee pain?

  • Rest and Ice:
    Decrease your mileage or take a break from training. Icing can help with areas of inflammation but overall, rest will give your knee time to recover.
  • Support:
    The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap provides maximum support above and below the kneecap. It will eliminate knee pain by reducing the force of the quad muscles on the knee. The Dual Action Knee Strap improves tracking of the kneecap mechanism as well as minimizing the possibility for displacement.

Always keep in mind that your body is an interconnective chain. It is important to address an injury when your first experience it, to prevent it from affecting other areas of your body. Find your solution to prevent further injuries!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Knee Pain : Are you experiencing Runner’s Knee?

The Issue

Runner’s Knee is an injury that can be endured in many different ways. An athlete that continually is bending their knee such as hiking, biking, jumping, and any warring physical activity can be susceptible to experiencing runner’s knee pain. The symptoms of Runner’s Knee are swelling, popping of knee, grinding of knee joints, pain behind or around the kneecap, and pain when bending the knee. The body is an interconnective chain, it is imperative to seek proper medical attention if you are injured. You do not want to end up letting the injury migrate and affect other areas of your body.

The Cause

Runner’s Knee can be attributed to many underlying issues. The most common result of experiencing runner’s knee pain is the over use of the muscles. It is essential for individuals performing physical activity to allow themselves the proper rest, to allow their body to rebuild. The body is an interconnective chain as we have discussed before. Runner’s Knee can be a direct result of fallen arches, overpronation, and weak thighs. If you are feeling pain it is imperative to take action immediately to find a pain preventative solution, before the problem migrates to another area of the body. Being an athlete myself, it is important to take care of your body. I continually listen to how my body is feeling so I can avoid injury. It is better to take a day off to allow the body to rest and recuperate, than to be out for a week because you “over did it.”

The Solution

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should first consult your physician to get a proper diagnosis. A solution that I have found that works for me is the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap.

It provides maximum support above and below the kneecap. It reduces the force of quad muscles on the knee, and lessens the potential for popping and grinding attributed to misalignment. Below the knee it will improve tracking of the kneecap mechanism, and reduce the possibility for displacement. It is imperative to seek out a solution to prevent Runner’s Knee. Being an athlete is a way of life. Any interruption to training causes an imbalance to everyday life. Get the proper diagnosis and find a solution to get you back to your maximum performance level.

Remember to listen to your body during training. If you are experiencing an issue allow your body time to recuperate. It is important to stretch and strengthen your muscles, because the body is an interconnective chain. An athlete experiences a lot of wear and tear to the body, so take action to stay healthy and injury free!

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Always,

Lauren

Is lower back pain keeping you on the sideline?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! I know I enjoyed the warm weather this weekend, and got my miles in outside under the sun. It is always nice to get a breath of fresh air and change it up from the usual gym routine. I struggle with back pain quite often when I run long distances, and if I stop immediately it usually results in no exercise for a week. Keeping that in the back of my mind I continued my run and worked through the pain I was experiencing.

The goal of an individual who suffers from back pain is obviously to obtain full mobility and reduce pain as soon as possible.  Our natural tendency when experiencing pain is to stop immediately and rest; to hopefully let it work itself out. On the contrary, a Finnish Study showed that individuals who continued physical activities after the onset of lower back pain appeared to be more flexible than those who were on bed rest.

In my personal opinion I believe it is important to continue activity to remain mobile. Your muscles will tighten up even more if you stop all activity immediately. On that note, you should continue to stretch and increase flexibility. I use the CoreStretch, which works wonders for lower back pain. It is easy to use and all you have to do is place your hands on the handles and lean forward. The CoreStretch will help prevent further injuries and  speed the recovery process. The CoreStretch allows your lower back tissues to relax and elongate to get the proper stretch that is needed.

4 Keys to keeping your Back Healthy are to:

  • Strengthen Your Core
  • Increase Flexibility
  • Work on Coordination and Balance
  • Check the Foundation

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Good Luck this week on your endeavors and make sure to stretch, to stay injury free!

 

Always,

Lauren

CoreStretch with Jennifer Edwards!

Hope everyone has been injury free this past week!
If not let us help you get back to being healthy and ready to tackle your next adventure!

I recently met Jennifer Edwards, the Clinical Director and a Physical Therapist at Apple Physical Therapy. Apple Physical Therapy is an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Washington.  Jennifer has lived a very active lifestyle and has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 13 years.  We asked Jennifer to test our CoreStretch product and give us some feedback.  Jennifer has been using the CoreStretch for about 3 weeks.

Jennifer has suffered from tight muscles and fascia her whole life, and really feels it in her hamstrings, IT band, and lats.

Medi-Dyne: What Medi-Dyne products do you currently use? Had you heard of Medi-Dyne before the CSM?

Jennifer: I particularly liked the Range Roller and the CoreStretch. I had never heard of Medi-Dyne before but had heard of certain products that you carry, such as the Cho-Pat braces and ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: A few weeks ago we asked you to test the CoreStretch.  What did you think?

Jennifer: I love the Core Stretch, as does my staff.  The majority of my patients really like it as well.  We have been using it as part of a stretching regime after doing a cardio warm-up or after exercises.  We’ve mainly used it while sitting in a chair for hamstrings, Piriformis and lats.

Medi-Dyne: Would you continue to recommend the CoreStretch to patients?

Jennifer: There’s nothing like the CoreStretch so we weren’t using anything like this.  We just had people doing basic stretching without any assistive device.  We have recommended the CoreStretch to patients!

The Medi-Dyne Team would like to thank Jennifer for sharing her thoughts on the CoreStretch and wish Jennifer, her staff, and patients the best of luck in their recovery process!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Shoulder Injury?

The Shoulder is the Most Versatile Joint in the Body! 

Hope everyone’s weekend adventures went great, and were injury free. I spent my weekend in the mountains of El Paso, Texas. El Paso has a very different environment and culture than that of Dallas. It was nice for a breath of fresh air, and fitness. While traveling I make sure to fit in my daily exercise; for me it is essential to stay in a routine, regardless of where I am.

While at the gym I decided I would lift some light weights and target the shoulder area. It was a good thing I improvised and did a few basic stretches to loosen up. The Shoulder is the most versatile joint in the body, which unfortunately with a lot of use, allows for many things to go wrong. Shoulder Injuries are usually due to activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion.

To prevent shoulder injuries you should focus on flexibility and strength within your shoulder. As well as make sure to warm up and cool down, before and after repetitive activity. The StretchRite is great for an all over body stretch; you can essentially use the StretchRite for any area needing attention. The stretches below are great for increasing flexibility and strength within your shoulder, which will decrease the chance of injury.

Each stretch should be performed two times a day, holding for 15 seconds each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CoreStretch is also great for increasing flexibility and strengthening your shoulder.

Many times we forget that the body is an interconnected chain and if you do not take the time to address a problem it is going to cause other muscles to compensate and you’ll personally get to experience the domino effect – the pain will migrate and possibly cause even more pain & injury.

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Make sure to take the time this week to stretch, and stay injury free!

Lauren

Welcome to the Medi-Dyne Family Cho-Pat

Cho-Pat, a Welcome Addition

At Medi-Dyne we’re excited to be able to offer you a comprehensive selection of pain relief and prevention solutions that deliver relief, support, and performance improvement for the entire length of your body’s interconnective chain of muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.

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We look forward to providing you with innovative, easy-to-use solutions that really work! For more information visit www.medi-dyne.com, or connect with us @MediDyne.

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10 Minute Back Pain Relief: CoreStretch

10 Minutes of Stretching a Day Can Take Back Pain Away!

3 easy stretches that cover the stretch the entire interconnective chain of the core, including the; Lower Back, Hamstrings, Hips, Glutes, IT Bands, and Lateral Arm Muscles.

For best results, be sure that your arms are fully extended (not bent at the elbow) and your back is straight (not curved). Correct posture will maximize your back elongation and stretch.  If the stretch on your shoulder is too intense, lower the position of the handle by one notch.

LOWER BACK and HAMSTRING STRETCHES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIPS (Piriformis), UPPER GLUTE and IT BAND (Illiotibial)

 

Advanced Lateral arm stretches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RangeRoller: Hard to Reach Muscles

Chuck Swanson is a runner/athlete born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska.   He runs a couple marathons and 3-6 road races every year, and he intends to run an ultra marathon (50 miles) in the near future.  Chuck’s training includes 30-60 miles of running each week, increasing during peak training times.

As a runner, Chuck has suffered many aches and pains. His list includes fighting issues with; illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS or IT Band Syndrome), plantar fasciitis, calf strains and tight calf muscles, as well as Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) issues, to name a few. Chuck was given the opportunity to use and review the RangeRoller, for deep tissue massage therapy. Here is what Chuck said;

“I like the RangeRoller’s ability to help get those sore spots that need a little ‘TLC’.  The RangeRoller is easy to use and is easy to take to races, both close and far away.  It is easily cleaned up and is compact and effective.

massage stick for calf pain tight calvesI use the RangeRoller to get to those spots that my foam roller can’t reach or get to.  It is a great item to help with this because of the raised pieces [Trigger Treads] that allow for a more ART [Active Release Technique] type therapy.  I am able to get out the soreness and muscle trauma spots with ease.  I also use the RangeRoller at races to help get my muscles loose and warmed up before my races, in addition to dynamic stretches and jogging/running.

I use the RangeRoller at home, in my car (close local races), and at the hotel/motel (farther destination type races).  Outside or inside the product is easy to use, and can be used anywhere you want really.

RangeRoller massage for foot painThe RangeRoller can sometimes pull the hair out of my legs when I use it, but the rewards far exceed the pain!

This product is unique and I didn’t really have anything similar to it.  I use a foam roller and the RangeRoller together because they work similar but are great compliments to one another.  I was in the market and ready to purchase The Stick and saw a tweet that intervened, the rest is history.  I am glad I was able to get the RangeRoller to try and am definitely a fan.

illiotibial band massage rollerI would definitely recommend this product to a friend.  I would recommend it because I have ZERO doubts that it has helped me go through my first training cycle for a marathon injury free.  I have always encountered some type of injury that has caused me to miss at least a week of training in every marathon I have run (8 total).  This training cycle has been different and I have honestly never felt better health wise.

The RangeRoller has helped with my chronic ITBS issues and calf issues.  Paired with my foam roller and Bio Freeze, it works hand in hand with getting me out to train and doing it injury free. “

For more information on deep tissue massage therapy or to purchase the RangeRoller visit www.medi-dyne.com.

How Flexible Are You?

 Test your flexibility with the StretchRite.

How flexible are you? If you are a Coach, how flexible are your athletes?   What are you doing to increase your or your athlete’s flexibility?   Get the StretchRite advantage!

StretchRite is a device to help ensure that each athlete has the necessary flexibility to stay injury free during intense athletic competition. This device enables the athlete to do the type of stretching that normally requires a second person’s assistance.

Joe Dial, former World and American Record Holder for the Pole Vault, and Head Track Coach at Oral Roberts University says:

“Our Athletes are excited about stretching now that we are using the StretchRite program. Flexibility, strength, and leg turnover are keys to maximum performance.”

Read more reviews of the StretchRite at Running Supplement or medi-dyne.com.

TEAMS CURRENTLY USING StretchRite:

University of Arkansas
University of Arizona
University of Florida
University of Wisconsin
Kansas State University
Louisiana State University
University of Oregon
University of Kansas
Illinois State University
University of Nebraska
Oklahoma State University
University of Louisiana
Oral Roberts University
Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin

Aches and Pains of a Beginner Biker

Craig DiGiovanni. VP of Sales & Marketing, Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products. Avid Runner. Marathoner. Wannabe Triathlete.

The word beginner in the title is important, because that is what I am.   Of course I have ridden a bicycle almost my entire life, but not for very long stretches of time at a constant speed.   I have recently taken up more serious cycling, both to help improve my running and to allow me to possibly compete in some triathlons.    Quite frankly, I have really enjoyed the process of getting out and riding more.   There is something very therapeutic about riding a bike, in addition to some great exercise.    Based on some research, it also is supposed to enhance my running times.

What I didn’t fully expect when I started biking was that the muscles I used would be quite different than those I used while running or swimming.    After running the OKC Memorial Marathon, my quads were by far the sorest muscles post-race. Cue the need for biking, which helps to build up the quad muscles.  However, my quads weren’t the muscles that ached the most following my first long bike rides.    The muscles that ached the most were in my upper and lower back.  Big surprise?   Not really.   Being bent over handles bars for a couple of hours is sure to put a strain on your lower back and even my upper back, right between my shoulder blades.

The reoccurring back pain and lower back muscle tightness I experienced quickly brought on a need for some back stretches.   The good news here is that I have access to one of the premier back stretching devices available, the CoreStretch. The CoreStretch’s simple but unique design easily targeted the stiff areas including my upper and lower back.   There have been some great reviews from cyclists about the CoreStretch, but now I really get it.   Not only do I see the additional need for core strengthening when it comes to cycling, but also for core stretching as an integral part of biking.

There were a few stretches that really helped me get rid of my post-cycling back pain. These included; the crossed hands stretch and also the lower back/hamstring stretch.   Those two in particular seem to give me the most relief for the areas that take the most stress while I cycle.   My future biking plans will definitely include pre and post ride stretching with the CoreStretch to make sure I get the most out of each ride both physically and mentally!

For more information on the CoreStretch or for instructional videos or brochures visit www.medi-dyne.com.

Beat the Heat, Run Faster!

Craig DiGiovanni. VP of Sales & Marketing, Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products. Avid Runner. Marathoner. Wannabe Triathlete.

Sound enticing?   Let me assure you, it is.  Now, I am from Texas and beating the heat is something we deal with often.   However, it seems that this is becoming a bigger and bigger issue as more people move into the sun-belt areas, and summers everywhere seem to be hotter than normal.

So what do I do to beat the heat? Well, I have gotten on the quest to lower my marathon time which involves changing my training schedule and routine.   One of the suggested changes is to incorporate other activities to compliment my running.   The purpose of this is to continue working on cardiovascular strength but to also reduce some of the wear and tear that running causes the body to experience, while helping build some of the muscles that get neglected when running.   Some of the recommended activities are biking and swimming. (This is also why Triathlons have become so popular).

First, biking: I love riding bikes.   Riding bikes has been something I have enjoyed all my life, more as a kid than as an adult.   However, that is changing because I have started biking more seriously, and enjoy it just as much as when I was a kid.   The additional benefit now though is I not only get to enjoy it, but I am also making it work as good exercise as well.

The unique thing about riding a bike when it is hot out is that, because you are moving at higher speeds, you are able to keep your body cooler.    So, even though it is hot out, the heat is much less of a factor than when I am running.   The caution here is that fluid replacement is a bit deceiving.   Because you are having more air pass over your skin, the appearance of sweating isn’t as prevalent as running, however, fluid loss can still be significant.   So a word of advice is to be extra cautious about the rate of fluid replacement when riding a bike.  The good news is that drinking and riding aren’t nearly as taxing on my stomach as when I run.

Now swimming: a great way to beat the heat!   In the summer you have the option of indoor and outdoor pools, lakes and oceans can also be good resources.   I have personally joined a Master’s swim program which I highly recommend.  Not only do you get a better workout but you also get some good instruction that can significantly help your form.   By improving your form you improve your efficiency and time as well as your level of enjoyment.   I personally love swimming outdoors with the sun shining.   Something about being in the water on a sunny day makes for a great workout, no matter how hot or hard the workout.   If you do swim outdoors, I would recommend tinted goggles.   Looking into the sun on your breathing can be a bit of a problem!

So, incorporating either or both of these routines in to your running program will help you not only beat the heat, but may also help lower your running times!           

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ProStretch Plus: A True Innovation in Pain Prevention

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

The ProStretch was originally developed by an auto mechanic who was rehabbing a knee injury.  Over time he realized that the brake shoe from a car was the best thing he could find for stretching out his calf muscles, while building flexibility and range of motion back in to his calf muscles and lower leg.   He became passionate about how well it worked, passionate enough to want to share his discovery. From necessity and passion was born The Original ProStretch.

ProStretch Joins the Medi-Dyne Family of Products

In 1998 Medi-Dyne acquired the Tuli’s product line.  In discussions with the original Tuli’s® Classic Heel Cup inventor, San Diego podiatrist Dr. Murray Davidson, we quickly learned how important stretching was to the health of the calf muscles and the prevention of the many injuries associated with the lower leg, including Plantar Fasciitis, Achillies tendonitis, calf strains, and  shin splints.  So we began to look for the most effective solution to provide the long-term relief and stretching that would complement the immediate relief provided by the Tuli’s Heel Cups and other Tuli’s products.  When we found The Original ProStretch in 2003 we knew we had found the best lower leg stretching device available then and for the next 20 years!

Building on Success

As is the case with all Medi-Dyne products, we constantly solicit feedback from medical professionals, professional and amateur athletes, and all users on ways we can improve the product, usage experience, and end results.  While the ProStretch (also known as the StepStretch in some retail outlets) was a great product, it had some shortcomings.

  1. One Size Doesn’t Fit All
    The Original ProStretch is great, but it is a “one-size-fits-all” product.  Unfortunately, people are not one size fits all.
  2. People’s Feet Are Getting Larger
    It’s true. Once, a man’s size 14 would have been considered the footprint of a giant. But what was seen as enormous is apparently becoming quite normal. The average man’s shoe has gone up a full size in the past five years. The Original ProStretch just wasn’t built to accommodate the growing majority.
  3. Room For Improvement
    Many people suffer from Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tight calves or shin splints. These pain sufferers were in need of a solution that would maximize the stretch felt along the interconnective chain of the lower leg. We realized that we could improve the stretch by elevating the toes during stretch.

We went about re-engineering the ProStretch to be bigger, stronger, lighter, and customizable, while offering a deeper stretch.   When it was all said and done, the ProStretch Plus was born.   For a complete review of all of our ProStretch products visit: www.medi-dyne.com.

Trying is Believing

We have had more people fall in love with the ProStretch and ProStretch Plus than any other product, simply by standing on it.  Just check out these “before and after” user video reviews.

What makes the ProStretch Plus work so well?  A few things. It is biomechanically shaped to put your foot in the optimal stretching position to get the best results.   Combining that with the rocker bottom, you get the best calf stretch, along with progressive and constant pressure that gives you an unsurpassed lower leg stretch.

Nothing works better, not a curb, not a wall, not a slant board, nothing. The ProStretch has been medical proven to stretch the calf better than conventional methods – Please see the following study posted on our website, “Comparison of Two Methods of Stretching the Gastrocnemius and Their Effects on Ankle Range of Motion Karen Maloney Backstrorn, C Forsyth. B. Walden”.   You can also read unsolicited testimonials at www.medi-dyne.com.

For more information on the ProStretch Plus or ProStretch visit http://www.medi-dyne.com/estore/.