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Top 10 Reasons Stretching Should Be Part of Your New Year

We have all heard that stretching is important.  Sure, it’s important for athletes but the truth is that everyone should be making stretching part of their daily routine. As we age we may lose lots of things but we don’t have to lose flexibility!

Here are our Top 10 reasons why you should be stretching your way into the New Year:

  1. Reduce Stress – Stretching helps to reduce stress, and it has been proven that stretching provides mental calmness and clarity. When your muscles are well-stretched, they hold less tension and the result is that you feel less stressed.
  2. Decrease Stiffness and Increase Range of Motion – Stretching decreases muscle stiffness and increases your range of motion. This increase in range of motion may also help slow the degeneration of your joints and give you better balance.
  3. Improve Posture – Stretching will improve your posture. Tight muscles lead to bad posture, but stretching the muscles in your lower back, shoulders and chest will keep your back in better alignment and that will result in improved posture.
  4. Reduce Tension -Regular stretching will reduce muscle tension and result in greater relaxation. If your muscles are regularly tense, they will begin to cut off their own circulation which will result in a lack of oxygen and essential nutrients.
  5. Lower the Risk of Injury – Stretching will reduce your risk of injury. Flexible muscles are less likely to become injured from a slightly extensive movement.  When you increase a joint’s range of motion through stretching, you help decrease the resistance on your muscles during daily activities.
  6. Warm Up Muscles – Stretching before you exercise is important because it allows your muscles to loosen up and become resistant to the injury that can result from the impact and stress of vigorous exercise.
  7. Relieve Aches & Pains – Stretching helps relieve aches and pains after you exercise. If you stretch your muscles after a hard workout, you will help keep them loose and be less likely to suffer from the shortening and tightening effect that causes post-workout aches and pains.
  8. Keep Back Pain Away – You will decrease your risk of suffering from lower back pain if you stretch regularly. 8 out of 10 people will be affected by lower back pain during their lives. Stretching increases flexibility in your hamstrings, hips, and glutes which helps keep your back strong and prevent lower back injury.
  9. Improve Circulation – Stretching will help improve circulation by increasing blood supply to your muscles and joints. This improved circulation results in greater nutrient transportation and improves the circulation of blood throughout your entire body which yields a quicker healing time due to all the nutrients in that blood.
  10. Relieve Pain – Stretching can act as a pain reliever. If you are already experiencing lower back pain, stretching the quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as the hip and pelvis muscles, can contribute to pain relief. Stretching can also ease headache pain by improving oxygen flow to your head.

Now is the time to start making stretching part of your daily routine!

Stay tuned for our upcoming series of blog posts on New Year’s Resolution: Stretching Your Way into Better Health.

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.

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.

Top Running Injury No. 5: Lower Back Pain

Lower Back PainThis is the fifth in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Runners, just like about everybody else, have to deal with lower back pain at one time or another. While there are times the condition cannot be avoided, by knowing as much as you can about the causes and symptoms you will know how to seek the right treatment. Medi-Dyne would like to provide you with some information that can help you make the right choice should this problem ever affect you.


There are several different causes of lower back pain. Here are some of the most common.

  • Strained muscles – Runners typically have this problem when making a sudden move in an awkward fashion.
  • Arthritis – Osteoarthritis can result in lower back pain and also result in spinal stenosis.
  • Being overweight – If you are carrying too much weight, you will be more at risk for having a problem due to the added pressure on your back.


There are instances where people will ignore the fact symptoms associated with their lower back pain could be a sign of a larger problem. If you experience any of the following, see a doctor so that you can find the right form of treatment.

  • Lack of flexibility in your back
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Abdominal throbbing
  • Shooting pain from your hip down to your leg
  • Either random or continual muscle aches in your lower back

2Steps to Pain-Free Running

Tulis GaitorsMedi-Dyne and several top retailers have partnered to create the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone. There, you’ll be able to not only get further information on lower back pain and other problems, but also ways to find relief. For example, Tuli’s 3/4 Gaitors®  will provide you with added shock absorption in your shoes that can help bring relief and also promote correct posture. The CoreStretch™ provides a deep stretch of the lower back that can deliver immediate relief. Visit or e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.

When Back Pain is More than Just an Annoyance

Back PainJust about everybody has to deal with back pain at one time or another. It can range from mildly annoying to completely debilitating, where you can no longer participate in the physical activities you’ve grown to love. This condition can strike at any age, but it is a great deal more common in people who are between the ages of 35 and 55. There are times, however, where back pain can be a sign that you need to get medical attention. Medi-Dyne would like to alert you to certain instances where back discomfort is a sign that you should get medical help.

When to See a Doctor

While most instances of back pain typically clear up after a while, there are some times where it is a symptom of something that could seriously be wrong. If your discomfort is accompanied by any of the following, see a doctor as soon as you can:

  • Elevated body temperature
  • Pain going down your legs
  • Swelling on your back
  • Significant weight loss
  • Any level of urinary incontinence
  • Numbness around the buttocks, anus or genitals
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Loss of bowel control
  • The pain does not subside when you rest or lie down for extended periods of time

If you are not experiencing any of the above yet you are frustrated that back pain is interfering with your exercise regimen, Medi-Dyne has several products that can help. By using the correct equipment, you can properly stretch your back to not only gain relief from your injury but keep that injury from returning. Go to our e-store or give us a call at 800-810-1740 to learn more. How do you deal with back pain? Let us know by clicking one of the social media icons on this page.

Ways You Can Find Back Pain Relief at Home

Back Pain ReliefIf you are suffering from an aching back like millions and millions of other people, there are a few back pain relief remedies you can try that may not necessarily involve going to a doctor’s office. We are in no way saying that you shouldn’t go to the doctor, of course; if your pain gets to the point that you can’t function, you need to seek medical treatment. For those people whose pain is more manageable, however, Medi-Dyne has some tips that may be able to help you feel better.

Endorphin Release

Your body is filled with endorphins, chemicals that can help with not only back pain relief but also many other types of discomfort. When they are released, they can block pain signals from reaching the brain. If you can, try to engage in some aerobic exercise, or try water therapy if your back can’t take the pounding of working out on a hard surface. Water therapy is good for people who have brittle bones, arthritis, or any sort of muscle strain or tear. However you do it, whether through exercise, massage or any other method, do what you can to get those endorphins flowing through your system.

Sleep is Key

If your back hurts, you can’t sleep. If you can’t sleep, your back will likely hurt much worse. In order to break this vicious cycle, look into some of these options:

  • Medication
  • Psychological and behavioral techniques
  • Relaxation techniques

If you’re having an extremely hard time getting to sleep, consult a medical professional.

Other Tools Use Can Use

At Medi-Dyne, we offer products that can help you stretch out your back, which can provide immediate back pain relief. We also provide shock absorption shoe inserts that will help make sure you are not only comfortable, but that you also have the proper posture. Contact us if you would like to learn more by calling 800-810-1740. How do you deal with back pain? Share your story with us by clicking on one of the social media icons at the bottom of the page.


Proper Stretching Can Bring Welcome Back Pain Relief

Back Pain ReliefA lot of us press on through our workout routine even when we are trying to find back pain relief. We “suck it up” so that we can stay fit, strong and energized. However, there are things that everyone can do to help relieve some of the symptoms so that working out doesn’t have to be a painful chore. Medi-Dyne wants you to feel your best so that you can perform at your best, so here’s some information to help make that possible.

Stand Up Straight

How many times did your Mom or Dad tell you that while you were growing up? It turns out they were right. The proper posture can go a long way toward providing back pain relief. When you stand up, try to keep your feet shoulder-width apart and point your toes straight ahead. Think of the area from your waist down as the trunk of a tree and that there is a rod extending along your spine, from your tailbone to the top of your head. Make sure your shoulders aren’t raised and your head is not tilted.

Stretch Out that Upper Back

While you’re in this standing position, place your palms together and lift your arms straight up. Visualize having a string on each of your fingertips that is pulling you straight up. Then, rotate your palms downward as you lower your arms to shoulder level. Hold that pose for three to five seconds and repeat 10 times.

Get the Most Effective Lower Back Stretch Possible

Medi-Dyne offers a product that will provide effective back pain relief. It delivers a deep stretch to not only your lower back, but also to your hips and hamstrings as well. This helps your tissues relax and elongate so you’ll be ready to tackle your workout with a vengeance. Contact us to learn more. You can also share your story of how you deal with back pain by clicking on one of the social media icons below.

4 Ways to Keep Back Pain from Putting You on the Sidelines

Back PainYou love exercising, whether it’s getting on your bicycle, going for an invigorating run, or even participating in triathlons. The last thing you want to deal with is back pain depriving you of your activities. At Medi-Dyne, we want to help prevent some of the problems that keep athletes from realizing their full potential.

1. Strengthen Not Just Your Back Muscles, but Your Abs as Well

Your abdominal muscles can have a tremendous effect on the muscles in your back. Having a strong core, however, is essential to avoiding back pain. This is true whether you are an active person or you sit behind a desk most of the day. We have a line of products that will help make sure your core stays strong and firm.

2. Be Careful When Lifting

If you are lifting anything heavy, make sure you protect your back at all times. Stand close to the object with your feet apart so that your base is stable. Squat down to keep your spine properly aligned, contract your abdominals, and use your legs.

3. Flexibility is Key

If you have a limited range of motion, that can increase the risk of being hurt as well as worsen any back pain you may already be experiencing. There are several forms of exercise, including Pilates, tai chi and yoga, that will help improve your flexibility as well as reduce tension. Make sure you speak with your doctor, though, before you start any sort of exercise program.

4. Warm Up Before You Exercise

This sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t warm up properly before they exercise. Don’t ever jump right into any sort of workout before first making sure your muscles are limber and warm.

Don’t let back pain keep you from enjoying an active lifestyle At Medi-Dyne, we can help you stay fit so that you can pursue what you love. Browse our catalog of products or contact us to learn more.

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!

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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

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




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!

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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!


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.


We look forward to providing you with innovative, easy-to-use solutions that really work! For more information visit, 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.










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


Advanced Lateral arm stretches













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

Professionals Use ProStretch for Injury Prevention

Chain Reaction Injuries

Have you ever sprained an ankle only to find a week later you’re suffering from lower back pain? Then you’ve experienced first-hand how weak links put undue stress on stronger ones.

Weak muscles cause tighter (stronger) muscles to be recruited by the central nervous system in order to perform the same movement. The results are muscle imbalances and “chain reaction injuries”.

ProStretch for Calf Stretches

Pictured: The ProStretch Double (Original Wooden) on the pre-season game sidelines of the Dallas Cowboys. The ProStretch Double Wooden is the heavy duty version of Medi-Dyne’s popular ProStretch Plus. This bigger and stronger version is often used by pro teams, fitness clubs and clinics.

One of the most critical muscles to keep flexible are the calf muscles. Calf injuries or even just tightness can move in either direction of the body’s interconnective chain, causing Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, tight hamstrings or even lower back pain.

Stretching with ProStretch products strengthens and stretches the calf muscles and ligaments in the calf muscles, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, keeping the lower leg strong, balanced, and healthy!

To purchase a ProStretch, or for more information on chain reaction injuries and injury prevention techniques and tools, visit

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


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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!

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