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10 Minutes a Day Keeps Back Pain Away

Back Pain.  Most people have experienced it.  Some live with it every day.  In fact, lower back pain is one of the top 10 reasons patients seek care from a family doctor, and it affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives.

What causes lower back pain? 

Actually, it’s usually not just one event that causes the pain even though it may feel that way.  Mostly, it is a series of “micro injuries” like muscle pulls or overuse during activity that add up over time.  These injuries are more likely to occur if you are experiencing muscle imbalances along your interconnective chain.

Your interconnective chain is made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in your body.  If any one of these links is injured or not functioning properly, the entire chain suffers.  So, if you have a tight or sore muscle, it will recruit other muscles to pick up the slack, and after a while, “chain reaction injuries” can occur.  The muscle imbalances caused by these injuries can often lead to lower back pain.

Since back pain occurs after the imbalances have already developed, it is a good idea to take measures to prevent the pain from even starting in the first place.  The best way to do that is to perform stretching and strengthening exercises that will keep your posterior chain strong and flexible.  Exercises that increase balance, flexibility, and strength can decrease your risk of injuring your back, falling, or breaking bones.

If you are already suffering from back pain, than your immediate goal is to reduce pain and restore mobility.  While your natural tendency may be to rest, exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain.  Exercising, including stretching and strengthening of the muscles along the posterior chain (calves, glutes, hamstrings, and lower back), has been shown to benefit many lower back pain sufferers by restoring muscle balance, strength, and flexibility.

Using the CoreStretch 10 minutes a day is the best way to provide the deepest, most effective way to stretch your posterior chain and restore muscle flexibility.  This will increase your range of motion, reduce pain, speed up recovery and prevent future injuries.  The CoreStretch was developed for use for physical therapists and has been proven in studies to be a very effective way to stretch the hamstrings and contribute to posterior chain flexibility.

Most people find that just a few minutes of stretching each day with the CoreStretch reduces lower back pain and improves their quality of life.  Medi-Dyne has created a 10 Minute Back Pain Relief Routine that uses the CoreStretch to perform a series of back pain stretches on a regular basis to both reduce and prevent lower back pain.

Ready to take the CoreStretch challenge?  We’d love your feedback.

Get started with 20% off CoreStretch*!  Just use code 10BPCS20 at the Medi-Dyne store.

 

**Offer good on any order of a single CoreStretch at MSRP. Cannot be combined with another offer.

The Many Benefits of Multi-Layer Massage Therapy

Multi-Layer Massage TherapyOne of the best ways of recovering from an extensive workout is multi-layer massage therapy. It not only feels great, it provides several tangible benefits to your body as well. Whether you have it performed by a professional or you use a massage therapy roller, it’s vital to your ability to recuperate and be ready for your next exercise session.

Relieving Stress and More

Multi-layer massage therapy helps to eliminate scar tissue that may have accumulated after previous injuries. If your muscles are stressed, oxygen and nutrients can’t get to where they need to be. As a result, inflammation allows toxins in your muscle tissue to build up, contributing to a great deal of pain. A deep massage loosens the muscles, thus breaking up and releasing those toxins. Once this happens, blood is allowed to circulate freely, providing your muscles with essential nutrients.

If you have tension and knots in your muscles, multi-layer massage therapy can work them out. However, in order to enjoy all the benefits of this reinvigorating, refreshing experience, you also need to employ correct posture and use other relaxation techniques.

Relief is Within Your Grasp

You could spend hundreds of dollars or more to have a professional take care of your massage or you can get the RangeRoller from Medi-Dyne for a fraction of the cost. This massage therapy roller benefits not only the upper and lower layers of muscles, but also the connective tissue. Maintaining the health of the inter connective chain is vital to your ability to get the most out of your workout regimen, and the RangeRoller, we believe, offers the deepest available massage from a roller.

Among the many benefits provided by the RangeRoller include:

  • Increased range of depth
  • A variety of sizes
  • Increased range of motion that maximizes performance while minimizing muscle fatigue

Check out the Medi-Dyne e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 if you would like to purchase or learn more about this product. Watch the video below to see the RangeRoller in action.

Reducing Calf Pain Through Proper Stretching

Reducing Calf PainThere’s nothing fun about having to deal with a problem calf muscle. If you experience pain in this area you may have to shut down your workout routine entirely – and nobody wants that to happen. Proper stretching techniques are key to not only reducing calf pain but potentially eliminating it altogether.

The calf is comprised of three main muscles: the medial, lateral gastrocnemius (or gastric) and soleus muscles. While calf pain is typically caused by an injury to one or more of these muscles, circulation problems, bone fractures or breaks, and medical conditions can also cause the problem.

Common Symptoms

There are several different types of symptoms associated with calf issues. Understanding why you’re having a problem in the first place can go a long way toward reducing calf pain. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Torn or inflamed muscles or tendons
  • Stiffness or tenderness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain in the back portion of your lower leg
  • Muscle cramps
  • Persistent pain – even while you rest

Treatment Options

While you should obviously see a doctor if your pain worsens, there are some things you can do that can help you find relief. These include:

  • Applying ice to decrease inflammation
  • Using a compression sleeve to provide warmth and reinforcement to aid healing and improve circulation
  • Using a massage therapy tool to also warm muscles and increase blood flow
  • Stretching more effectively.

Medi-Dyne offers a wide range of products that can help promote long-term healing for athletes of all levels who have suffered various types of injuries. In regard to reducing calf pain, our ProStretch Plus™ is particularly effective at both stretching and strengthening the area. If you would like more information or you would like to try this or any of our other products, visit our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740.

Here is a video that shows how proper use of the ProStretch Plus™ can go a long way toward reducing calf pain.

How Massage Therapy Can Promote Long-Term Healing

Massage TherapyWhile athletes have long known that massage therapy can help relieve pain and promote recovery, scientists really didn’t know why it worked. However, a group of Canadian researchers may have found the answer.

Scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) website, have discovered evidence that massage therapy sends anti-inflammation messages to muscle cells, blunting pain in a manner similar to that of anti-inflammatory pills. The website cited an article in Science Translational Medicine, a journal which published a study that looked at the effects of therapy versus no treatment in 11 men who were athletes. The study, according to the CBC website, also showed that the anti-inflammatory signals helped muscle cells to produce mitochondria, which convert food into energy.

Relief in Your Hands

One of the most convenient and effective ways to get the massage therapy you need is by using the RangeRoller™ from Medi-Dyne. This product is designed to target trigger points and knots, providing a deep massage for both the inner and outer portions of tissues and muscles. Not only does it provide immediate relief, it also promotes long-term healing through the following methods:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Relieving knots in muscles
  • Warming the muscles
  • Eliminating scar tissue

If you suffer from fatigue, muscle pain, cramps, spasms or similar conditions, the RangeRoller can help prevent injury and also help your recovery from high-stress workouts. If you are interested in ordering this product, visit the Medi-Dyne e-store or give us a call at 800-810-1740.

Here’s a video that shows how the RangeRoller works and how you can benefit from its use.

Getting Familiar with Your CoreStretch

CoreStretchWhen you invest in Medi-Dyne’s CoreStretch, you’re investing in lasting relief from pain. Whether your back is bothering you or you have any one of a number of different conditions, this device will provide you with an effective, deep stretch that will help your core muscles and relax tissues as well. This will not just reduce pain, but will also increase your range of motion and help prevent other injuries from occurring.

Help for that Aching Back

The CoreStretch is particularly effective if you have a troublesome back. Back pain is, of course, an extremely common occurrence, with most people suffering from it at one time or another. The CoreStretch has 10 different sizing options and three levels of fitness, and can be used in nearly any environment. Whether you’re at home or at your physical therapist’s office, at work or on vacation, it is light enough and convenient enough to be taken anywhere.

The CoreStretch provides relief from pain by delivering a refreshing and revitalizing back stretch. This can be very important if you have recently suffered a back strain due to suddenly making an awkward move or trying to lift an object that was too heavy. By taking action as quickly as possible – whether that means going to the doctor or using the CoreStretch to find relief – you may be able to prevent further pain.

But back pain is but one of the problems that can be treated by the CoreStretch. Here are some of the others:

Check out the video below for a detailed explanation of how to use your CoreStretch. If you have any questions, contact Medi-Dyne online or give us a call at 800-810-1740.

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

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

ProStretchPlusPlantar Fasciitis Treatment is essential for athletes to get back to performing at their maximum capability. Plantar Fasciitis has been known to sideline athletes and will prohibit them from training.

Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. Normally, it is a shock absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension becomes too great it can create small tears in the fascia causing it to become irritated or inflamed.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common injuries that most athletes experience.

The pain that is most commonly associated with Plantar Fasciitis is stabbing around the heel area. It is essential for athletes to invest in a Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in order to become injury free. Plantar Fasciitis prohibits athletes from practicing and performing at their maximum level.

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

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!

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

Always,

Lauren

#Runchat with David Hylton

#Runchat is an online Q&A Forum that allows runners from all walks of life to connect and share their trials and tribulations.

Early this week Craig and I got the opportunity to speak with David about his personal journey and how he and Scott linked up to create #Runchat.

#Runchat was started about three years ago when David and Scott came into contact through an online forum that was centered solely on fitness. At that time in the online world there was no sole place just centered on running. They decided to put their social media expertise together and create #runchat; a community where runners could go for nearly every question they have.

Medi-Dyne: What was your background in before you started runchat?

David: My background has always been in Communications and Business. I worked in the newspaper industry for 7 years; every job that I have had in my career I have dabbled in social media. I started blogging about running 2007 at runningbecauseican.com.  I joined the twitter sphere in 2008. In some aspect I have always been linked in online and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy taking part in.

Medi-Dyne: When did you and Scott launch #runchat?

David: We launched #runchat in June of 2010. We originally kicked it off to be on Thursday nights. Thursdays were more social than anything and many people were not at home during the hour the forum was live. We took a survey and nearly every runner voted for Sunday night. We were sold; Sunday nights at 8 P.M. EST you can get all your running questions answered!

Medi-Dyne: What is the most rewarding thing to you with the success of #runchat?

David: What I find most rewarding is that Scott and I created a platform for runners to connect in a positive community. We see runners of all levels asking and answering questions. We have created a community where people are able to connect and help each other on their journeys and share the same experiences.

Medi-Dyne: What is something that many people do not know about you?

David: Most people do not know that Scott and I have been working together for 3 years; however in October was the first time we had met in person.

Medi-Dyne: In the future where do you see #runchat?

David: We would like to reach a larger audience with #runchat. We want to provide the forum to people who aren’t linked in yet, and give them that access to a positive running community where they can share their experiences.

Thank you David for taking the time to speak with Craig and I. We wish you, Scott, and #Runchat the best in the future. Check out #Runchat this Sunday at 8 P.M. EST to have all your running questions answered.

Also you can enter to win a Cho-Pat Shin Splints Compression Sleeve or a Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap at #Runchat!

The Cho-Pat Shin Splints Compression Sleeve eliminates the symptoms of pain and discomfort that come with Shin Splints.

    • Provides Compression Forces while Supporting the Lower Leg Muscles and Soft Tissues.
    • Stimulates Circulation
    • Maintains Warmth

The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap is an effective solution for Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee, Misalignment of Quadriceps, and Patellar Tendonitis.

    • Provides Full Mobility
    • Improves Tracking and Reduces Displacement.
    • Lessens the potential for misalignment.
    • Reduces the force of quad muscles on the knee.

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products is focused on providing innovative and highly effective Pain Prevention Products. Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products family of brands includes Cho-Pat, Tuli’s, StretchRite, RangeRoller, ProStretch, CoreStretch, Soft Moves, Skin-On-Skin, and the ProStretch Plus.

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

Always,

Lauren

Tools that are Essential for Long Distance Runners!

Howdy, hope everyone is off to a great week !

The Medi-Dyne Team had the opportunity to connect with Skye Donovan while at the APTA show in San Diego. Skye is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Marymount University, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, has a B.S. from Ursinus College, M.P.T. from Texas Woman’s University, a Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as a Marathon Coach for Team In Training in Arlington, VA. She is also affiliated with the Rogue Racers! If you are in the area, I would highly recommend getting in contact with Skye if seeking additional information about Physical Therapy or needing advice on preparing for your running adventure! We loved getting to know Skye; she shared information about how to properly train for a marathon; in turn we wanted to share with her the positive benefits of our Pain Prevention Products and how they can benefit the people that she works with everyday!

Skye uses the RangeRoller and StretchRite, both versatile products that are great for long distance runners and patients in PT. Both of these products are great to treat tight muscles and soreness after long runs.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what drew you towards Medi-Dyne products?

Skye: I was not familiar with Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products before the APTA CSM conference in San Diego. I was drawn into the booth by the unique design of your products. I also was very fond of the fact that your products were travels sized and would easily fit in any bag I use while working, and training.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what is your favorite thing about the RangeRoller?

Skye: I especially like the additional Trigger Treads on the RangeRoller; they add areas of increased pressure to tired and sore muscles that the other roller products on the market leave out. I am better equipped to work on trigger points with this design.

Medi-Dyne: What did you find unique about the StretchRite?

Skye: The StretchRite has the nice feature of the grip handles, which on cold days (we train outdoors in all seasons) help save raw hands from chaffing that often occurs with other stretch straps.

Medi-Dyne: Would you recommend Medi-Dyne products to your patients and runners you train?

Skye: I would recommend these products to athletes, I think one of the best features is the size of the products; they can easily fit into suitcases and carry-on bags for athletes who travel. Often time’s athletes travel long distances for endurance events and it is important to be able to keep up their routine both before and after the event.  I have had great success working on quadriceps, hamstrings and ITB tightness with the Range Roller; it has eliminated my need for the foam roller.

The Medi-Dyne team would like to thank Skye for stopping by our booth and letting us get to know her a little better! If you are in Arlington, VA and looking for a PT or training coach I would highly recommend Skye.  She is full of knowledge and has a passion for her work!

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

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

Tight Hamstrings? Ouch!

Happy Tuesday!Hope everyone is pain and injury free today.

Thank you to RunOn! and all the runners who stretched with us after the training class on Sunday morning!  Remember the best way to remain on your feet is to continually stretch after physical activity in order to remain flexible. Saturday morning I went out for a quick run and my hamstrings felt extremely tight. I have been extremely busy this past week and have not taken the time each day to stretch my whole body out. Tight hamstrings can be the worst! 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!

When I got home I immediately grabbed my CoreStretch. Since all physical action begins from the body’s core and the hamstrings are an important part of the core – I knew I needed to stretch right away! The CoreStretch works great for me, because all you have to do is place your hands on the bar and lean forward. It literally does the work for you! It allows the tissues to relax and elongate, decompressing the spine and stretching the hamstrings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CoreStretch will increase your range of motion, prevent injury, and speed recovery and reduce pain.

Anyone can use the CoreStretch, it is simple and the stretching is virtually unlimited. The CoreStretch also provides relief for:

  • Shin Splints
  • Back Pain
  • Piriformis Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Inflexibility

If you do not have a CoreStretch definitely INVEST in one it is great for multiple areas of the body and provides a stretch like I have never experienced before. If you do not have one on hand try these stretches to loosen up your tight hamstrings without the CoreStretch!

Good luck this week on your personal fitness challenges and stay loose!

Lauren

RangeRoller Sore Muscles After Tough Practices

Running with Kids covers using the RangeRoller on sore muscles for tissue massage after tough runs or training, and even after taekwando practices for IT Bands and tight calves.

Gear Review – Tissue Massage with RangeRoller

RangeRoller CalvesWe have incorporated Medi-Dyne’s Pro Stretch Plus into our cool down and stretching routine after runs (read my review here). But there is another Medi-Dyne tool in our toolkit, the original Range Roller, that has become just as important after strenuous workouts. The Range Roller enables soft tissue massages and accelerates the healing and recovery process.

My older son, who runs high school cross country and track, used a hard foam roller for tissue massages, and I had considered buying one. I opted for the Range Roller for several reasons, including deeper tissue massage, more versatile applications with the tool, and very portable (throw it into a gym bag or backpack). He has since converted to the Range Roller.

RangeRoller IT BandsRecognizing the importance of stretching and massaging, my younger son has been using the Range Roller after runs as well, but opened our eyes when he asked for the Range Roller after his Taekwondo 2nd degree Black Belt test (read about this 90 minute test that requires nearly 1,000 hours of preparation). We now use the Range Roller after runs (example: helps disipate lactic acid after threshold and anaerobic track workouts by improving blood circulation to muscles) and after Taekwondo practice (example: helps reduce soreness and repair tissue after Taekwondo sparring session by improving blood circulation to tissue).

What we like:

RangeRoller’s Unique Design

  • The original Range Roller measures 19 inches long and contains 6 narrow, deep rollers alternating with 7 wider, shallow rollers that turn freely as the Range Roller is gently and firmly rolled to massage tissue.
  • The tool is held with foam handles on both ends and flexes slightly as pressure is applied.
  • It is portable (bring along to a track workout, martial arts practice, or fitness center) and easy to store.
  • A smaller (16 inch) and larger (25 inch) version is also available.
  • The Range Roller can be ordered in your favorite color combinations (think sports teams!)

RangeRoller’s Materials and Quality

  • The Range Roller is manufactured of high quality plastic and dense foam, and can be gently washed with mild soap.
  • We are impressed with the overall quality of the Range Roller (design, materials, and workmanship) and expect to use it daily for many years to come.

RangeRoller’s Affordable Price

  • The Range Roller costs $25 at Medi-Dyne.com.
  • Less expensive (and more versatile) than foam rollers, and a fraction of the cost of sports massages!

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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Stay Off the Curb: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

 

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED LATERAL

Medi-Dyne Acquires Cho-Pat Support Products

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products Acquires Cho-Pat to enhance its position as  an International Leader in Pain Relief and Prevention.

September 17, 2012 (Colleyville, TX) – Medi-Dyne Healthcare products, a leading producer of innovative pain prevention products announces the acquisition of Cho-Pat® .

Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap

Cho-Pat®, like Medi-Dyne, is recognized for  innovative and highly effective products which are recommended by medical professionals, physical therapists, athletic trainers, professional athletes, and active individuals for their role in eliminating pain and discomfort.

“Medi-Dyne has always offered pain prevention products that are easy to use and really work.  The acquisition of the Cho-Pat line of products provides a unique and important opportunity to enhance our ability to offer complete pain relief and prevention solutions to athletes, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other medical professionals,” said Craig DiGiovanni of Medi-Dyne.

The acquisition of Cho-Pat augments Medi-Dyne’s comprehensive selection of products and is consistent with the strategy of providing key pain relief and prevention solutions along the entire length of the body’s interconnective chain of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.

Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Support

“Building on the  foundation of strong brands such as Tuli’s®, ProStretch®, CoreStretch® and RangeRoller® we’re adding the Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap™ and the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap™  as well as products such as the Golfer’s Elbow Strap™ and Achilles tendon  strap™ which were developed in cooperation with the sports/medicine staff at the Mayo Clinic™. This secures Medi-Dyne’s position as a leading international provider of pain relief and prevention products,” notes DiGiovanni.

Cho-Pat® products and Medi-Dyne products are made in the U.S.A.

For more information, or to purchase Cho-Pat or Medi-Dyne support products go to www.Medi-Dyne.com.