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

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SportShield THE MUST HAVE CHAFING PREVENTION FOR JUST ABOUT ANY ACTIVITY

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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!

 

 

 

 

2Toms SportShield® Takes on BodyGlide®

We recently received from incredible feedback from a new 2Toms® SportShield that we thought we’d share…

Meg_BlisterShield_User

I was going to pick up a roll-on tube of the 2Toms® SportShield, but I wasn’t sure if it would work for me because I knew BodyGlide would do okay for me for the marathon.  You told me to not worry, and you gave me a sample towelette to try for my next long run.

 The results are in– your stuff is amazing.

I tried my sample about a week ago and had no problems whatsoever in an intense workout, running, rowing, heat, humidity.  Zero problems.  Felt great!  My thighs refused to chafe or become uncomfortable… an awesome experience!!

 All the best, Meghan

 

Thanks Meghan!  We love hearing from people who’ve taken the 2Toms® Challenge®!
But mostly, we love hearing that SportShield works for you!

Curious about just how good SportShield is?  

Try it for yourself with the 2Toms® 100% Guarantee!

Popular Cycling Workouts You May Want to Consider

Popular Cycling WorkoutsOne of the best ways of increasing your endurance – whether you’re riding a bike or involved in any other kind of exercise routine – is to strengthen your core. When those muscles become fatigued, your mechanics of pedaling break down and your performance suffers. You’ll also be at a higher risk for suffering an injury. Here are some popular cycling workouts that will strengthen your core and make riding on your bike a great deal more fun.

Exercises to Strengthen Your Core and Improve Cycling Performance

These four popular cycling workouts can go a long way toward reducing fatigue and improving your performance. Do one set of each, making sure you rest at least 15 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Try to do this three times a week – after, of course, checking with your doctor and getting his or her approval.

  • First lie face-down and extend your arms along your sides. Squeeze your glutes gently and then raise your chest, hands and feet six inches at most off the floor. Separate your feet and sweep your arms in an overhead motion, trying to touch your hands above your heat. Then, relax your arms, feet and chest as you return to the start position. Try to get to 15 repetitions.
  • Next, assume the same position you would if you were doing push-ups. Put a small towel under each of your feet. Squeeze together your shoulder blades and then pull in your lower abs. Next, slide your right knee toward your chest slowly and then slowly bring it back. Do this without swaying your hips or rocking them. Again, try 15 reps.
  • Finally, sit on the floor, bend your knees and let your heels lightly touch the floor. After making a fist with your left hand, press it into your right palm – about six inches in front of your chest should do it. Keep that position for 15 seconds. Now, twist your torso to the right while you keep your legs steady. Then do the opposite; push your left fist into your right palm and twist your torso to the left. Again, hold that position for 15 seconds.

These are just a few popular cycling workouts to strengthen your core. If you ever develop back pain – one of the most common complaints of cyclists – use Medi-Dyne’s CoreStretch. This tool will provide a deep, relaxing stretch that will not only help prevent injury it will also help improve the strength of your core muscles. Check out our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740 to learn more.

How to Deal with Friction Burn

Friction BurnIf you’re a cyclist and you’ve ever had to deal with friction burn you know exactly how painful this condition can be. It can drive you completely out of a competition, and even if you’re on a recreational ride it can quickly turn a great time into a miserable experience. By knowing what causes this condition and how to treat it, you can get off the sidelines and back on your bicycle that much faster.

How it Happens

There are several reasons why friction burn can take place. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Your skin repeatedly rubs against your bike shorts.
  • An abrasion becomes a boil after being infected by bacteria.
  • You stay in the same position on your bicycle seat for too long.
  • Your shorts ride up and bunch toward the crotch area.
  • You wear wet clothing for too long.

You’ll know fairly quickly if you have been victimized by a dreaded friction burn. For example, you’ll see an inflamed skin abrasion on your inner thigh, groin area or on your buttock. You may also see a lesion that looks like a small crater or a blemish that appears to be a pimple.

Getting Relief

One of the best things you can do to gain quick relief from friction burn is by simply resting. However, if you need to get back on your bike as fast as possible, try our 2Toms® SportShield®, which can help ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.

Medi-Dyne carries a wide range of products that are designed to not just treat injuries suffered due to physical activity, but also to help you prevent them from occurring in the first place. Check out our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740 to learn more.

How Proper Support Can Relieve Shin Splints and Weak Ankles

Shin Splints and Weak AnklesIf you’re an athlete or you work out on a regular basis, pain is simply part of the equation. Different types of athletic activities, of course, pose a greater risk for certain types of injuries. Gymnasts and dancers, for example, tend to suffer from shin splints and weak ankles while runners will be more susceptible to knee and hamstring problems. If you suffer from shin and ankle issues on a regular basis, you need to look into ways of providing more support to the area so that you can continue to pursue the activities you love.

Reducing the Impact

Shin splints and weak ankles can put you on the sidelines because of pain. If you’re a dancer or gymnast, you know how much of a shock you put on this area of your body time after time. If you have shin splints, we don’t have to tell you how much pain each impact can cause. In order to lessen that shock, sometimes you need extra help in the form of ankle, arch and heel supports. These can help cushion your shins and disperse impact so that you can get relief.

If you have weak ankles, they can rob you of your confidence when performing any sort of gymnastic or dance activity. If you are worried that your ankle could give out at any time there’s very little chance that you’ll be able to perform at your best. There are several different reasons this problem occurs, including:

  • Diabetes
  • A bone fracture
  • An ankle sprain or other injury
  • Insufficient arch support
  • Diabetes, osteoarthritis or another medical condition

No matter what the reason, the best way of overcoming the problem is by making sure your ankles are properly supported so that you can withstand the repeated pounding this area of your body takes.

The Solution

Medi-Dyne offers its Tuli’s® Cheetahs ankle and heel supports to give you the confidence you need to perform at your peak. By combining shock absorbing technology of form-fitting heel cups with the reinforcement of a durable, lightweight neoprene ankle support, this product is not only comfortable but also durable. These supports will stand up to whatever pounding your routine can dish out. If you’d like to order this product or learn more, visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740.

Check out this video to learn more how Tuli’s Cheetahs can provide relief for shin splints and weak ankles.

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.

Why Stretching Your Back and Shoulders is So Important

Stretching Your Back and ShouldersThere are a lot of factors – including exercise – that can cause your back and shoulder muscles, (as well as your other muscles) to become shorter over time. However, stretching your back and shoulders before a workout can promote flexibility and help your body better handle the stress that comes with working out. While there is disagreement among experts as to whether stretching before or after physical activity is better, everyone agrees that flexibility provides a great many benefits.

Keeping Limber

Obviously, tight muscles don’t function as they should. That’s why it’s extremely important to maintain a routine of stretching your back and shoulders. Shoulder stretching is vital to keeping your upper body strong and giving you proper posture as well. And the back, of course, is a very injury-prone area of the body. By stretching it on a regular basis you create suppleness in your spinal column, which can go a long way toward helping you avoid injuries during exercise.

The Right Tool for the Job

Medi-Dyne offers the StretchRite®, which is great for not only stretching your back and shoulders but the rest of your body as well. This extremely useful tool is not only comfortable and extremely effective, it’s also fun to use. As you become more flexible, it helps you progressively stretch longer and deeper. It comes equipped with ergonomically shaped handgrips that provide comfort while promoting proper stretching techniques.

These are just some of the benefits of using the StretchRite® in addition to stretching your back and shoulders:

  • It helps relieve pain from conditions such as jumper’s knee, arthritis and osteoporosis
  • It provides a thorough stretch of the biceps, hamstrings, calves and several other areas
  • It provides a substantial increase in flexibility

If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from the StretchRite® or you would like to order one for yourself, call Medi-Dyne at 1-800-810-1740 or go to our e-store.

The following video shows how to get a proper stretch of your back and shoulders with StretchRite®.

Common Triathlon-Related Injuries

Triathlon-Related InjuriesIf you test your body to the extreme, it’s basically a given that you will suffer some sort of injury. There is no more grueling athletic endeavor than competing in a triathlon. While finishing one can obviously create an incredible sense of pride, there are several triathlon-related injuries that you’ll probably have to deal with at one time or another. Here are some of the more common ones.

Shoulder Pain

A lot of people may not immediately consider shoulder pain among the most common triathlon-related injuries, but competitors know better. You can experience either a dull ache, a sharp pain or something in between. This is, of course, due to the activity you perform during the swimming portion of the competition – especially during the freestyle stroke. You can avoid this problem by using light dumbbells or resistance bands to increase your shoulder strength. If you do experience pain, try to rest the area, massage it and apply ice so that any potential swelling will be kept to a minimum.

Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome

This results in tightness or pain below the joint on the outside of the knee. The IT band helps to stabilize your leg, so a problem can leave you hobbled. If you increase your mileage suddenly during training, you can aggravate the band by causing too much friction between it and your femur. Use a roller massage to help stretch your muscles and break down knots if you have an IT band problem.

Achilles Tendonitis

Even if you aren’t feeling a great deal of pain below your calf and above your heel, don’t ignore it. If you don’t have this problem addressed, you could quickly have a chronic issue. You can treat the problem by using a tendon strap to reduce stress and promote healing. To avoid the issue, make sure you strengthen the stabilizing muscles in your lower leg. You should also stretch your calf muscles thoroughly before and after your training runs.

Medi-Dyne offers several products that can help treat some of the more common triathlon-related injuries. Visit our e-store to learn more or call us at 800-810-1740.

How to Reduce the Risk for Hamstring Strains

Hamstring StrainsWhile people can suffer hamstring strains doing just about anything, the more active you are, however, your risk obviously increases. One thing you can do to reduce that risk is by increasing your flexibility and strengthening the muscle through proper stretching. Medi-Dyne would like to show you how hamstring problems occur and also show what you can do to minimize potential problems.

How Hamstring Strains Occur

The hamstrings allow your knee to bend, so you can see how any sort of problem could seriously hinder your ability to run or even walk. These are just a few examples of how hamstring strains take place:

  • Participating in physical activity without properly stretching out beforehand
  • Suddenly stopping or starting an exercise routine
  • Overexertion

Hamstring injuries are a bit odd in that different sufferers experience different amounts of pain. If you can’t stand or walk without severe discomfort, you have a hard time putting weight on the problem leg, or you experience spasms or tenderness, you should get checked out by a doctor to see how serious your issue may be.

A Long-Term Solution

Medi-Dyne’s CoreStretch is a product that promotes the correct stretching techniques to strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility so you’ll be less at risk for painful hamstring strains. The CoreStretch provides a wide variety of stretches that benefit the entire core muscle chain – this not only includes the hamstrings but also your lower back, glutes, hips and others. You can use it in either a standing or seated position.

Whether or not you’re an athlete, hamstring strains can be painful and extremely frustrating. Lower your chances of having to deal with this problem by giving the CoreStretch a try. If you would like more information, visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740.

Here’s a video that shows you how the CoreStretch can help reduce your risk for suffering hamstring strains.

 

Getting Ready for Your Road Runner Adventure Run

Road Runner Adventure RunThe Road Runner Adventure Run is held in several cities across the United States on a regular basis, combining the fun of a scavenger hunt with the benefits of a healthy workout. The event offers several giveaways, raffle prizes, music and much more. However, like any sort of physical activity, it’s very important that you get your body ready beforehand so that you can reduce the risk of suffering any sort of injury.

How it Works

The Road Runner Adventure Run typically includes checkpoints that hundreds of runners and walkers follow. Participants collect as many raffle tickets as they can from as many checkpoints as possible in an hour. People who participate in the event can do so at their own pace – they can run, walk, or, as the website says, even hop. The run also benefits local charitable organizations.

Getting Ready

Even though the Road Runner Adventure Run is meant to be fun, it is still exercise. Like any sort of exercise, you need to make sure that you are prepared. One of the best ways of getting ready for any kind of exercise activity is to make sure you thoroughly stretch before you start. Our ProStretch Plus provides a deep stretch that strengthens foot muscles and helps provide the flexibility needed to ward off potential injuries.

Once you get going, more than likely you’re going to sweat a great deal. There are some people who tend to suffer from rubbing or chafing when they run, and this can make an otherwise fun time miserable. To combat this problem, we offer the SportShield®. This product provides resistance to both blisters and chafing no matter how much you may sweat.

Whether you are getting yourself ready for the Road Runner Adventure Run or you’re preparing for a more strenuous event, it’s extremely important that you do whatever you can to reduce the risk of a painful injury. At Medi-Dyne, we offer a host of products designed to increase flexibility and strengthen the muscles you will use the most. Check our e-store if you would like more information or call us at 800-810-1740.

 

Reducing the Risk of Injury While Training for a Triathlon

TriathlonWhether you’re an experienced endurance athlete or you’re getting ready for your first triathlon, you’ll obviously have to undergo a great deal of training before competition day. While injuries are, unfortunately, a fact of life for triathletes, there are steps that you can take to minimize the chances that you’ll be hurt during your preparation. Medi-Dyne would like to share some information that will help you remain as healthy as possible in the time leading up to your big event.

Common Reasons for Training Injuries

While there are several factors that determine why people get hurt when training for a triathlon, there are a few that are more common than others. Here are some of them:

  • Using poor form while biking or running.
  • Not taking enough time to recover from the last workout.
  • Equipment that does not fit correctly.
  • Not knowing how to properly follow a training program.
  • Being overweight

The vast majority of injuries to triathletes actually occur during training rather than the actual triathlon. Even though you may be able to fight through a minor injury, it obviously makes sense to try and avoid the problem in the first place.

Sensible Steps to Avoiding Being Hurt

Reducing the risk of developing an injury isn’t that difficult. There are no guarantees, of course, that you won’t still be hurt while training, but following these steps can help. By properly stretching before your warm-up and cooling down correctly afterward, you may be able to avoid frustrating delays in your preparation due to being hurt.

  • Try to avoid “over-training.” Don’t climb hills or stairs excessively during your preparation.
  • Don’t increase the volume or intensity of your training sessions too soon.
  • If you miss a session, don’t try to squeeze it in too soon after your last one – proper rest and recovery time is key.

Medi-Dyne features a wide range of products that can help before, during and after your triathlon training sessions. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from them, contact us online or call us at 800-810-1740.

Protecting Young Pitchers from Elbow Tendonitis and Other Problems

Elbow TendonitisWith Spring Training in full swing throughout Major League Baseball, people are getting excited about the upcoming season. Children and teens who play the game in youth leagues are even more amped up. If you have a young pitcher at home who is champing at the bit to hit the diamond, you want to make sure he doesn’t overdo it and risk developing serious issues down the road. Arm problems such as elbow tendonitis are common among young pitchers, so you need to keep a close eye on any pain your child may be experiencing.

Be Alert to the Signs

One of the most common injuries among Little League pitchers is known as “Little League elbow,” or medial epicondyle apophysitis. This injury occurs due to overuse of the growth plates that are located on the inside of the elbow. Because these growth plates (known formally as apophyses) are not as strong as the muscles that attach to them, stress placed on the plates can result in inflammation, pain and swelling. The child should not be allowed to throw if he is experiencing this problem, because continued throwing could cause the growth plate to separate from the bone.

Typically, this injury also results in pain while batting. The child will probably experience pain while performing everyday activities as well. You may see swelling and a reduction in range of motion. If you notice any of this, have your child checked by a specialist as soon as possible.

Elbow Tendonitis Risks

As a young pitcher moves into his teens and his growth plate closes, he becomes more susceptible to developing elbow tendonitis. Typically, the condition can be treated with rehab and rest. Although it can result in a great deal of pain and tenderness on the outer portion of the joint, it is usually not a very serious problem.

Medi-Dyne offers the Cho-Pat® Elbow Compression Sleeve to combat elbow tendonitis by helping heal the problem through compression and warmth of the joint. It can be used either before, during or after a throwing session. Our StretchRite® is great for providing treatment both before and after activities. If you would like to order these products or learn more, visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740.

Stretching for Increased Flexibility and Performance

StretchingA good stretch not only makes you feel great, it can also get you primed for a workout by substantially reducing your chances for suffering an injury. No matter what type of fitness routine you follow, stretching should always be a component of your workout – not only beforehand, but afterward as well. After a particularly intense amount of exercising, it’s understandable that you would want to simply relax and skip the stretches. However, just spending 5-10 minutes afterward can help your muscles recover more quickly. The Medi-Dyne StretchRite® provides a deep stretch for your entire body and help you not only increase your flexibility, but also your performance.

The Benefits of the StretchRite®

The StretchRite® is not only effective, it is also a fun way to take care of your stretching before and after your workout. It features a unique design that adjusts with you as you gain more and more flexibility. No matter what type of muscle group you want to work on, this device can benefit it – it can also provide relief from several common problems affecting the legs, arms and back.

These are just some of the benefits StretchRite® can bring to your stretching routine:

  • It provides maximum results by helping you stretch longer and deeper.
  • The device is also comfortable, since it is constructed with six pairs of handgrips that are ergonomically designed.
  • Because of the way it is constructed, the StretchRite® allows you to individualize your stretching program and monitor the progress of your efforts to increase your flexibility.

To learn more about how the StretchRite® works, watch this video:

At Medi-Dyne, we have several different types of products that help you not only improve your performance, but also bring relief from many common injuries associated with physical activity. Contact us online or call us at 800-810-1740 to find out more.

 

Medi-Dyne Proudly Supports America’s Top Female Short Track Speedskater, Jessica Smith

RangeRollerMedi-Dyne is a proud supporter of Jessica Smith and the entire SLI Speedskating Team. Jessica won the U.S. National Championship, earning her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. We congratulate her on these incredible accomplishments, and wish her the best when she participates in the biggest competition of her life in Russia on February 18, 2014.

Jessica uses Medi-Dyne’s RangeRoller™, a therapy roller that provides athletes with a deep massage of both the inner and outer layers of muscle and connective tissue. The device relieves tightness, increases circulation and eliminates scar tissue to help improve overall performance.

No matter what your ability level, you can benefit from the RangeRoller™. If you routinely work out rigorously, you more than likely have injuries related to repetitive stress. The RangeRoller™, however, will not just help you recover faster; it will also help reduce the chances of suffering from these types of injuries in the future.

These are just some of the problems the RangeRoller™ can help alleviate:

The RangeRoller™ also comes in three sizes so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

  • The Pro 16’’ – This is the firmest version of the RangeRoller™, providing the deepest muscle penetration.
  • The Original 19’’ – This comes in medium stiffness and is a perfect size to take anywhere you need.
  • XL 25’’ – The longer size of the XL makes it perfect for those who need a back or leg massage.

The Medi-Dyne RangeRoller™ is the perfect pain solution, whether you are a world-class athlete or you simply work out hard on a regular basis. If you would like to learn more or pick one up for yourself, visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740.

Why Stretching is So Important for World-Class Athletes

StretchingThe world-class athletes competing in Russia the next few weeks know how vital stretching is to helping them perform at their best. Anyone who works out on any sort of regular basis – whether training for an elite competition or simply getting ready for a morning run – should take the time to properly stretch beforehand. But did you ever wonder why? Medi-Dyne has information that will show you just how important a good stretching regimen is to an effective workout.

The Many Benefits of Stretching

By stretching before your workout, you’ll be less at risk for injury because your body will be more pliable. When stretching, you should focus mainly on the muscle groups that you’ll be using during your exercise session. For instance, if you’re working on the lower body, make sure you stretch your glutes, hamstrings, calves and quadriceps. But it’s just as important – if not more important – to make sure you also stretch after your workout. This will help reduce soreness and also get your muscles get back to their normal length.

Stretching helps your body in many ways, including:

  • Reducing tension in your muscles
  • Increasing your flexibility
  • Preventing strains by increasing your muscles’ resistance to stress
  • Reducing the risk for back issues
  • Improving circulation

The ProStretch®

For more than two decades, athletes alike have chosen Medi-Dyne’s ProStretch® line of products to get ready for their strenuous workouts. In addition, physical therapists and trainers have recommended this stretching device for pain relief. These products are small enough to be easily transportable, and durable enough to last through a great many stretching sessions. Check out our e-store to order one or call 800-810-1740 to learn more.

Top Running Injury No. 2: Weak Ankles

Weak AnklesThis is the second in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

If you have weak ankles, you’re not alone. This is a common injury in not only runners, but also other athletes. If you have this problem, you more than likely are favoring the lateral portion of your feet when you are running. As a result, you probably have exhausted legs and feet once your workout is complete. If you are unfortunate enough to roll an ankle, that will only make the problem worse by causing more severe pain as well as swelling.

Causes and Symptoms

There are many possible causes for weak ankles, including injuries or simple genetics. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Sprained ankle – This is where the ankle is forcefully and suddenly twisted or bent.
  • Fractured bone – Any sort of ankle fracture will very likely result in permanent weakness.
  • Diabetes – A condition where the body cannot properly process and break down sugar, this typically causes a lack of strength and circulation in the ankles.

It’s just as important that you learn the symptoms of weak ankles as well as the causes. Knowing what to look for can help you treat the problem faster and get back out on the road with confidence. These are some of the warning signs:

  • You find it difficult to jump or walk.
  • You are unable to stand up for long periods of time.
  • You notice swelling and redness around your ankle.

2Steps to Pain Free Running

cho-pat_anklecompression-500x500You can go into your favorite sports retailer and enter the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone to get the relief you are looking for and find information on weak ankles or any other issues that are causing you discomfort. Regarding weak ankles, we carry products such as Tuli’s DiamondBacks, which provide support and comfort designed to eliminate weakness and pain, the Cho-Pat Ankle Compression Sleeve, which helps reduce pain and improve circulation, and Tuli’s Cheetahs, which help athletes who put a great deal of stress on their ankles. Learn more about these products by visiting our e-store or by calling us at 800-810-1740.

Improve Your Running: Learn The Right Breathing Technique

Breathing TechniqueIt can be very easy for runners to overlook the proper breathing technique. However, if you learn to get the most out of your respiratory system, you’ll wind up getting the most out of your workout. The more oxygen your muscles get, the longer they will be able to last. At Medi-Dyne, we want to share some tips that will help you have a much more pleasurable – and worthwhile – running experience.

Fighting Fatigue

The intercostal muscles run between your ribs, making it possible for you to inhale and exhale. The diaphragm separates your abdomen from your chest. If you train these muscles just like you’d train muscles like calves and hamstrings, you will be able to run farther before becoming fatigued. The more strained your breathing becomes, the more your legs will struggle to function properly as you run. By employing the proper breathing technique, however, you’ll be able to take in more oxygen and feed those muscles.

Most runners don’t breathe from their bellies, but rather their chests. When you do this, your shoulders get very tense and move up and down. This wasted energy can lead to reduced endurance. While it’s a hard habit to break, work on breathing through your stomach instead of your chest while you’re on your run. Here are some ways to do so:

  • When you breathe in, your stomach should fill up in a manner similar to a balloon. As you breathe out, the balloon will deflate. Try to work on breathing with your belly when you’re not running and it will be easier to breathe through your chest when you’re running.
  • While you’re running, breathe through your mouth. It will help keep your face more relaxed and make it easier to inhale deeply.
  • Try coordinating your inhalations and exhalations with each step. Breathe in while taking two steps, and then breathe out while taking your next two steps. Try to advance to breathing in and out every three steps, then try to do so every four steps.

Try to work on your breathing technique and you should find your runs lasting longer because you have more endurance. If you ever need any sort of training aids to help improve your flexibility or reduce foot and heel pain, visit Medi-Dyne’s online store. Have you tried to work on your breathing while out on a run? Share your story with us by clicking one of the social media buttons on this page.

Medi-Dyne’s RangeRoller Helps U.S. Olympian Get Ready for Sochi

RangeRollerMedi-Dyne is helping U.S. speedskater Tamara Frederick in her preparation for the Winter Olympics, which begin February 6 in Sochi, Russia. Frederick is using Medi-Dyne’s RangeRoller to help ease the pain of her intensive training sessions and get her refreshed and renewed for the next day of training. Medi-Dyne was recently announced as the official healthcare products sponsor of the Salt Lake International Speedskating Team.

Frederick, who will be competing in the short track racing events in Sochi, placed fourth in the 2010-11 season of the American Cup racing series. She and other athletes use the RangeRoller to ease muscle pain and tension through deep massage. The product massages not only connective tissue, but also the inner and outer layers of muscle to relieve knots, eliminate scar tissue and improve overall performance.

A Variety of Benefits

The RangeRoller provides massage therapy for athletes of all levels who suffer stress injuries on a regular basis because they train on a consistent basis. Some of the benefits for using the roller include relief from:

  • Muscle pain
  • Soreness
  • Tension
  • Cramps
  • Spasms
  • Fatigue

This lightweight product comes with sturdy, easy-to-grip handles for maximum control and performance. It helps prevent injuries as well as speed recovery from stressful workouts. The RangeRoller also helps promote healing by increasing blood flow to injured areas of the body. It provides the same benefits of a relaxing, refreshing personal massage without the high expense. It’s great for massaging hamstrings, shoulders, hip flexors, calves, quadriceps, back muscles and much more.

If you would like to learn more about the RangeRoller, go to the Medi-Dyne online store or give us a call at (817) 251-8660.

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 Tips on How to Improve Flexibility

FlexibilityIf you don’t exercise, you’re more susceptible to health problems due to obesity, more at risk of developing depression, and have a higher chance of experiencing anxiety. But if you’re in pain all the time, how can you expect to get the exercise you need? Medi-Dyne would like to share some information with you regarding how to improve flexibility so that you can stay active while reducing chances of developing back, hamstring or foot  pain.

Stretch it Out

By trying a few simple exercises before working out, you’ll improve your circulation and reduce the stiffness of your muscles. Here’s how to improve flexibility by stretching on a regular basis to maintain an active lifestyle:

  • Isometric stretching exercises not only strengthen your muscles but also lengthen them. The most common type of isometric stretching involves applying resistance with your own limbs. For example, sit down and then stick out your left leg. Then, place the bottom of your right foot on the inside of the left leg and bend forward. Then, stretch your leg muscles by bending forward and touching your left foot with your hands. This resistance will help build strength in your legs to you can last longer while running or cycling.
  • Dynamic stretching – Decreases the risk of injury by increasing tempo as you progress through the exercise. Kicks, lunges and leg lifts are examples of dynamic stretching.
  • Passive stretching – This is, of course, the opposite of dynamic stretching. It involves stretching a body part into a pose and maintaining it with help from another body part. An example is holding one arm across your chest and stretching it back with another.

There are several other options for people trying to learn how to improve flexibility. We hope they work for you. If you do get sidelined due to an injury, Medi-Dyne can help get you back in action. Contact us to find out how.