Friday, December 16, 2016

Product Spotlight: Remedy Motion Sickness, Nausea & Morning Sickness with Sea-Band

Imagine for a second that you’re on a commercial cruise liner celebrating the summer holiday. After liberally loading up your plate at the cruise ship buffet, you’re basking in the warm glow of the sun as it reflects off the pristine waters of the South Pacific. Suddenly, the ship’s gentle rocking is interrupted by the surging swell of a wave. You feel the sickening sensation of the ground beneath your feet lurching forward and swirling in your stomach.

If sailors are consistently “swabbing the deck” on your behalf, you should consider remedying your motion sickness by wearing a Sea-Band. In addition to minimising sea sickness, Sea-Bands are a drug-free solution for a bevy of nausea-related ailments including, morning sickness, travel or motion sickness and vertigo. This post highlights the science behind the Sea-Band’s effectiveness as a nausea treatment. Read on to discover how your life can be drastically improved by these bracelets.

How do Sea-Bands work?
If you’ve tried countless prescription medications and procedures to reduce nausea, you may be skeptical regarding the effectiveness of a simple wristband. While these wristbands don’t look like an innovative solution on the surface, they harness the time-tested treatment method of acupressure. Sea-Bands use acupressure to provide a non-invasive, natural remedy to nausea that is suitable for anyone over the age of 3.

Each Sea-Band uses a round, plastic stud to target the Nei-Kuan (Pericardium 6) acupressure point located on your inner wrists. To find your Nei-Kuan point, rotate your palm face up, measure three finger widths below your wrist and find the depression where your two tendons converge. By applying light pressure on this point,  Sea-Band has been clinically tested to effectively reduce the wearer’s urge to vomit from nausea.

In order for Sea-Band to be most effective, both wristbands must be worn simultaneously—one below each wrist. Sea-Bands are made from flexible, elastic material that will stretch to fit snuggly over your forearm and can be safely tossed in the wash and cleaned for reuse.

By wearing Sea-Band for motion sickness, you can do your inner-ear a favor and remove the debilitating effects of dizziness from your life.  To learn more about Sea-Bands check out our nausea relief and treatment page. In addition to the adult Sea-Band, we offer specialised Sea-Bands for pregnant mothers, children and families.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Survive Holiday Travel with These Simple In-Flight Health Tips

It’s the same story every year. You’re on a jam-packed, red eye flight hurrying back for the holidays and crammed in between a screaming child and a snoring salesman with sleep apnea. Driven to the brink by incessant crying and muffled grunts, you spend the duration of the flight pleading with the stewardess for a parachute and contemplating a mad dash for the emergency exit. After a stern scalding, you slink back into your seat—resigned to a restless journey and confined to a veritable holiday hellscape.  

While you can’t alter an unfortunate seating arrangement, there are a variety of products and exercises that can mitigate the awful side-effects of stressful travel. There’s no need for festive flying to be a harrowing experience—if anything you should feel rested after a long journey. Luckily, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of travel health tips that will help you relax, reduce nausea, motion sickness and stay sane. Read on to discover a few useful trips that will transform your holiday travel experience.   

Stretch on the Plane to Stay Nimble

Maintaining flexibility is vital to your physical health year-round, but being nimble especially comes in handy during the holidays. You never know when you’ll need to dodge disapproving glares from your in-laws or even worse—a projectile dinner roll launched during the annual family political forum. If you’re not diligent, however, your flexibility can deteriorate after an extended period of sitting

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During long flights, your body is stationary for a prolonged period which leads to joint stiffness and discomfort. Thankfully, there are multiple movement-minimal exercises that can be performed on a plane that won’t draw as much attention as in-aisle pilates. When you’re seated, you can effectively relieve muscle tension by doing a few neck rolls. Simply touch your chin to your chest and slowly roll your head side to side.

To stretch out your spinal column without standing, try giving yourself a gentle seated twist. All you have to do is firmly grab the armrests on both sides, partially elevate your body and twist. If you feel your legs falling asleep from lack of circulation, perform a series of leg extensions to get blood flowing. While leaning against your seatback, slowly lift your legs out straight and keep your knees locked. To make these exercises even more effective, consider storing a TheraBand resistance band in your carry on.

You can also pump some blood back into your extremities through a strategically timed bathroom visit. Take advantage of your time standing in the aisle and sneak in a few calf raises as you wait in line. This exercise will effectively stretch out your calf muscles and wake up your lethargic legs.

Exercise Your Core

Concerned about getting a gut from holiday treats? Planes are the perfect place to subtly strengthen your core. While you may not leave the tarmac with washboard abs, you can avoid having a scrunched up stomach if you perform a few simple exercises.

By far the easiest way to put seated core exercises into practice is to merely flex your abdominal muscles while you sit. When you flex, you engage your core and strengthen the abdominal scoop and pelvic floor. Leg lifts are another way to sculpt your core from a seated position. Put your legs together and raise them up and down in a controlled motion. This exercise specifically targets your lower abdominal muscles. If you’re feeling bold, try placing a book between your thighs and giving a slight squeeze. By asserting pressure on the book, you’ll exercise your inner thighs, abductors and abdomen.  

Wear a Pair of Compression Socks

Going through airport security during peak season can involve endless hours of aimless standing. The extended waiting time coupled with the long walk to your gate can leave your feet sore. If you already have had medical problems related to your feet (Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, arch pain, etc.), the pain you experience after a day in the airport can be unbearable. Thermoskin plantar fasciitis compression socks actively alleviate foot pain by asserting pressure to the source of discomfort. 

These socks aren’t a magical remedy for uncomfortable shoes, however, so consider wearing them alongside your favorite pair of sneakers.

Reduce Nausea with a Sea-Band

If you suffer from bouts of nausea when buffeted by turbulence, try wearing a Sea-Band for travel sickness before hopping aboard the plane. These bands utilize acupressure and alleviate nausea by targeting the Nei-Kuan pressure point. By wearing a Sea-Band, you can treat your nausea or motion sickness without turning to prescription medication.  

We can’t guarantee that your holiday travel will be pleasant, but by following these simple tips, you’ll move one step closer to an enjoyable in-flight experience. To find products that will ease the stress of your holiday travel endeavors, check out iHealthSphere’s resistance bands, compression socks and Sea-Bands.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Product Spotlight: End Foot Sensitivity with Thermoskin Walk-On Slippers

In honor of the recent World Diabetes Day, we’ve dedicated this blog post to discussing a side effect of high blood sugar that is often overlooked—foot sensitivity. Foot sensitivity may seem like a minor problem when compared to the long term implications of diabetes (heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, strokes, etc.), it’s still a daily inconvenience for millions of diabetics. If left untreated, it’s possible that a minor decrease in circulation can lead to painful foot ulcers and even escalate to amputation.   

Thankfully, there is a treatment for diabetes-related foot injuries is far less invasive than the painful injections administered for insulin regulation. Read on to discover more information about the causes of diabetic foot sensitivity and the best method for managing it!

Why are foot ailments prevalent amongst diabetics?
High blood sugar has a devastating effect on the way our bodies’ circulatory and nervous systems operate. Blood vessels line the walls of our arteries and veins, and fat deposits slowly begin to form when glucose levels rise. These fat deposits limit the amount of blood that can flow freely through your veins and increase the chance of blood clots.

Diabetics experience problems in their extremities because blood has a difficult time traveling through narrowed passageways from the heart all the way to down to the feet. As a result, diabetics may feel like their feet are constantly cold or may not be able to feel any sensation at all.

Along with the circulatory problems associated with diabetes, it’s important to understand the disease’s effect on the nervous system. The most notable foot ailment caused by nerve damage is diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy causes debilitating numbness that can leave sufferers unaware of serious injury to their feet. The lack of feeling caused by Neuropathy can cause ulcers, lacerations and serious infections to be ignored by the diabetic. This numbness is especially prevalent with nerves located on the soles of feet.

How can diabetics make foot issues manageable?

Unfortunately, damaged nerves can’t be replaced and blood flow can’t be entirely restored to its original capacity. However, there are treatment options that focus on encouraging a healthy lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. For those with Type 2 diabetes, eating healthy and staying active can help keep blood sugar down.

In addition to incorporating healthy practices, diabetics should invest in a few pairs of non-restrictive socks. One example of these special socks for diabetics is our Thermoskin Walk-On Slippers. These heat therapy socks facilitate improved circulation by increasing the oxygenation of the skin. Each sock is crafted from breathable, moisture-wicking material that allows the free flow of air while simultaneously retaining heat.

If your feet are in constant pain, putting on your socks in the morning can be an unpleasant process. You can greatly reduce your discomfort by switching from normal socks. Thermoskin Slippers come with convenient pull up tabs that allow you to slip into your socks and adjust tightness without issue.

By swapping out your old constricting tube socks with a breathable pair of Thermoskin Slippers, you can effectively minimise the daily foot pain caused by diabetes. If you have any other treatment tips you’ve found useful, add them to the comment section below! Be sure to check out our website for more information about socks for neuropathy, including an intuitive size guide and an instructional video.

If you're interested in compression products, we also recommend checking out our Thermoskin Walk-On Ankle, Crew and Calf compression socks.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

3 Fantastic Holiday Gifts for Health-Conscious Friends & Family

November is finally here, and festive folk everywhere are prematurely prepping for the impending holiday shopping craze. When searching for presents, it’s important to select meaningful gifts for the special people in your life that align with their hobbies and interests. This might sound like an intuitive endeavor, but it’s often difficult to pinpoint the perfect gift for picky people—especially if they’re a bit of a Scrooge or grumpy Grinch.

Fitness enthusiasts can be a particularly difficult group to please. Most people during the holiday season indulge in a dessert or two (or a few), and slack a bit at the gym. Fitness gurus, however, often stay resolute in maintaining their diet and exercise regimen. Don’t make the mistake of baking Christmas cookies or giving a generic sweater—get a gift they’ll actually enjoy!

Luckily, we’ve taken the stress out of holiday shopping by compiling a brief gift-giving guide catered to your friend or family member who strictly adheres to their diet or religiously runs morning marathons. Here are a few functional gifts ideas for athletes:

1. Kinesio Tape
Kinesiology tape is an incredibly versatile gift that can be appreciated by any athlete looking for pain relief or exercise junkie looking for an improved range of motion. Putting undue stress on your muscles can lead to tenderness, and this tape effectively stabilizes tissue—preventing further injury and initiating internal healing.

By mirroring the elasticity of human skin, kinesio tape contours to the natural curvature of the human body and is easy to apply. To aid the rehabilitation process, simply slap a strip of tape to an ailing muscle group, and you’ll begin to experience relief. Tape isn’t just beneficial for injured athletes—it can be used in any situation for additional support and to boost performance. This holiday season, think about getting them some kinesio tape so they can improve their (probably) already awesome physical performance!

2. Muscle Cream
Relax, a little! Make sure your  friend or loved one unwinds by giving them a tub of physio massage cream. This cream provides the much needed traction and resistance needed to achieve the best results. When applied, these creams are the perfect tool for producing a relaxing Swedish, deep tissue or myofascial massage.

Athletes can also use this muscle cream for pain relief and for inflammation reduction. Apply physio tape to the desired muscle group and then liberally coat the surrounding area with lotion. For a gift that provides long-lasting pain prevention results, package a roll of kinesio tape with a jar of massage cream or lotion.

Massage oils are often greasy and unreliable. Premax massage cream has a smooth consistency and is easy to rinse off. All of our creams are crafted from natural ingredients like beeswax, aloe vera, vitamin E and olive oil. The recipient of your gift will enjoy a fragrant aroma of peppermint and lavender as soon as they twist off the jar’s lid!

3. Massage Ball
This gift recommendation also promotes relaxation and recovery because, let’s face it—sometimes health nuts need to de-stress. A massage therapy ball is perfect for practicing self-massage and for targeting uncomfortable areas like the lower back. Our spiky massage ball effectively stimulates muscle knots by increasing blood flow and increasing joint flexibility.

Best of all, massage balls are incredibly simple to use. To achieve results, simply slide forwards and sideways along the ball until the tension you’ve been experiencing has safely subsided. This is a quick, proven treatment for ailments like Repetitive Strain Injury, frozen shoulder and myofascial pain.

By referencing these healthy holiday gift recommendations, you can quit settling for generic holiday presents and start giving memorable gifts to your loved ones. Add a comment below with additional gift ideas and ways to incorporate fitness into your holiday routine! Browse iHealthSphere’s diverse selection of physio supplies for more fitness-related gift suggestions for athletes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

4 Ways Foam Rollers Can Transform Your Daily Routine

Foam rolling and self-myofascial release are hot topics in the health community for a good reason. Foam rolling has seen a meteoric rise in popularity with physical therapists because self-myofascial exercise routines make the rehabilitation process less expensive and more convenient for patients. Armed with nothing but a foam roller, patients can reduce soreness, induce recovery and eliminate the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

While foam rolling is most commonly used for rehabbing injured muscles, there are a bevy of lesser-known functions that foam rollers perform, which may contribute to the overall enjoyment of your daily life. Here are a few of the transformative benefits foam rolling provides outside of just injury rehab:

1. Take Traditional Ab Exercises to the Next Level
It’s common knowledge that sculpted abs are crafted in the kitchen, but it’s vital that a core-strengthening routine is adopted in conjunction with healthy eating. There are plenty of benefits to building a formidable core besides just looking good at the beach. A strong core prevents injuries, protects your internal organs and relieves your aching back by improving posture. 

Throw out the dubious infomercial ab-crunching machine that’s wasting away in your garage and try out a few simple, effective bodyweight foam rolling exercises. If you’re a gym rat that’s hesitant to transition from traditional sit-ups, try combining your normal ab routine with the simple addition of a foam roller. When paired with  common exercises such as sit-ups, planks and cross climbers, foam roller ab exercises give your body additional leverage, and challenge your muscles to stabilize and improve balance. 

2. Stress Relief for Better Sleep
Let’s face it—most of us don’t get nearly as much sleep as we would prefer. Frantic work, school and personal schedules keep us from getting the shuteye our body desperately needs. When we neglect sleep, our muscle tissue contracts and forms trigger points that lead to insomnia, which if left unchecked can create a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation.

Foam rollers target detrimental muscle knots and remove the tension causing sleepless nights. To help reduce those unsightly bags under your eyes, try a number of  foam roller exercises that massage along your spine, mid-back and lower back.

3. Make Your Desk Job Manageable
Wallowing in front of Excel sheets while sitting sedentary at a low-riding desk is more than just boring—it’s extremely detrimental to your posture and health. Correct posture is an often overlooked aspect of health in Western society, but slouching leads to crooked spine alignment and decreased blood supply. In addition to posture-related problems, stagnant muscles from sitting can form trigger points in muscle fascia due to underuse.

If you haven’t yet transitioned to a standing desk, try incorporating a few quick foam roller posture exercises to ensure your spine doesn’t start to slump. Perhaps the most effective exercise for office workers is an erector spinae roll that involves moving along the roller while keeping your backside locked firmly to the floor.

4. Reduce Recovery Time After Workouts
The soreness you experience after an intense weight training workout is directly related to the contraction of muscle fascia. Roll out these tense muscles during your cool-down routine and you can dramatically reduce your body’s recovery time. You may initially experience acute discomfort utilizing this technique, but you’ll be grateful when you’re able to roll out of bed the next morning.

By practicing self-myofascial release consistently with a foam roller, you’ll see noticeable improvement in your overall well-being. Add a comment below with additional exercises and techniques that have improved your health! If you’re interested in getting started with these foam rolling exercises, browse our popular range  of foam massage rollers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Massage Muscle Knots with the Marble Foam Balance Roller

You’re running a half marathon in less than a month and your training regimen has been derailed by a nagging IT band injury (iliotibial band). While not a debilitating injury, your sore IT band continues to flare up despite using anti-inflammatory medications and countless ice packs. Instead of calling it quits, curling up on the couch, and settling for a respectable finish at the local 5k fun run, try using a firm, long foam exercise roller to restore your range of motion. Before you know it, you’ll be bounding around the final bend, crossing the finish line, and snapping a congratulatory picture.

Runners love to run, and at iHealthSphere, we like to help people get back on their feet or prevent injury altogether. Foam rolling has long fallen under the radar as a way to treat sore or tight muscles, but it has begun to gain popularity in recent years.

What is “foam rolling”?

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial (self-massage) release that applies pressure to aching trigger points found in your muscle tissue. These trigger points or muscle knots are caused by a restriction of the muscle’s soft tissue (fascia) that stems from overuse. When muscle groups are overused, the surrounding connective tissue swells and suffer from inflammation. release (SMR) has increased in popularity amongst physical therapists as it improves range of motion without sacrificing muscle performance. A physical therapist equipped with a foam roller typically asserts 30 – 60 seconds of intense pressure upon each ailing muscle group. This can often cause a patient acute discomfort. Like a deep tissue massage, however, the temporary tenderness ultimately leads to pain relief, reduced soreness and expedited recovery. While this therapeutic method used to be reserved for serious athletes, the practice has since become mainstream and been adopted by the masses.

Benefits of the Long Foam Exercise Roller

You’ve probably slid your back along a standard foam roller before, but the Long Foam Exercise Roller goes a step above by providing additional length to facilitate balance training.  Boasting a length of 90 cm and a medium girth, this foam roller is incredibly versatile and can be used for purposes other than rehabilitation. Along with improving flexibility, the Long Foam Exercise Roller is perfect for building a strong core and toning abdominals. It’s the perfect companion for your beginner’s Pilates or yoga class because the extra surface area lends crucial support that keeps you upright, while still challenging your major muscle groupings.

The Long Foam Exercise Roller is crafted entirely from resilient, lightweight EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam.  This non-toxic, rubbery material is stress-crack resistant which keeps the roller’s soft cylindrical mold from faltering under a heavy burden. The Long Foam Exercise Roller satisfies irritated fascia tissue because its EVA foam provides the ideal amount of density and stability. In contrast, many competing foam rollers are made from highly porous polyethylene foam that inevitably loses its shape when exposed to humidity and intense use.    

Improve your balance, hasten your rehabilitation and release muscle tension by using our Long Foam Exercise Roller. Before getting started, consult your physical therapist to confirm that the foam roller exercises you’re practicing are an appropriate treatment for your ailment. Refrain from using your foam roller on bones, joints and your lower back. If you’re interested in trying self-myofascial release, browse our varied selection of foam massage rollers.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Relieve Myofascial Pain with Myotech Dry Needles

Myofascial pain is more common than people think. Athletes, individuals and seniors all run the risk of suffering from myofascial pain at some point in their lives. But what is it exactly? Myofascial pain is a chronic type of muscular irritability that stems from trigger points (knots of muscle) within tissue most often located in the arm, neck or back.  These knots limit blood flow and trap lactic acid inside muscle fibers.  Extreme overuse or prolonged underuse of a muscle group is typically the underlying cause of myofascial pain, such as weight lifting irresponsibly or being confined to a cast for an extended period of time. However, myofascial pain can also be caused by an injury.

Diagnosing myofascial pain can be tricky as the majority of its symptoms are shared by fibromyalgia—a disease that also affects muscle tissue. Often times, it can be difficult for physiotherapists to pinpoint the source of the original strain.  Patients often experience a phenomenon known as “referred pain” where the original injury causes discomfort in a separate part of their body.  Those suffering from myofascial pain also often experience stiffness, fatigue, and have difficulty sleeping.  The stress resulting from this lack of sleep can lead to further degeneration of the muscles and limited mobility. However, those suffering from myofascial pain can still find relief. One of the most common treatments is dry needling.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a modern technique used by trained physical therapists and medical professionals to relieve myofascial pain.  Instead of focusing on the flow of energy pathways like the ancient Chinese acupuncturists, dry needling relies upon a thorough understanding of western medicine and human anatomy.  

By shallowly inserting a collection of thin filament needles into a patient’s tissue, therapists can release the contracted muscle knots and renew mobility.  These needles, such as the Myotech Dry Needles, are surgical grade and often coated with parylene to allow for smooth insertion.  Needles come in a variety of sizes, but it’s essential for needles to be stable upon insertion and thin enough to discourage infection.  Like any hypodermic syringe or needle, these needles should be safely discarded after a single use in a Sharps Container to prevent contamination and disease.  Dry needling as a practice is considered to be “dry” as the needles are only intended to stimulate the punctured tissue and do not contain any medication. 

Dry needling can relieve pain for a multitude of musculoskeleton conditions including, tendonitis, muscle spasms, sciatica, neck or back pain, hip or knee pain, muscle sprains and strains, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, RSI and overuse injuries.

Typically, physiotherapists will combine dry needling with a suitable exercise routine to rehabilitate the injured muscle groups. This routine often begins with light stretching and motor function exercises intended to improve the patient’s range of motion or bad posture.  Muscle strengthening exercises will be introduced later on in the rehabilitation process in order to ensure the lasting health of the injured tissue.

If you are experiencing myofascial pain and you are interested in learning more about dry needling, consult your physician or physiotherapist to see if it will be beneficial to your rehabilitation. After consulting, be sure to check out our full selection of dry needles and acupuncture needles!

Top 5 Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment

For many, the thought of acupuncture is cringing. However, this method has been widely used for over 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest health care methods ever discovered. Originating in ancient China, this holistic healing technique was used to prevent illness and alleviate pain from injury or disease. In the past 50 years, acupuncture has transformed from an ancient practice to a popular, natural alternative to modern medicine. Acupuncture uses tiny, fine pointed needles to relieve energy blockages and promote healing and energy flow along the body’s medians or “acupuncture points.”

What types of conditions can it treat?

This method of healing is known to treat a wide range of illnesses, disorders and injuries. From neurological conditions to disorders orienting from the digestive system, acupuncture has many uses. Some of the most common disorders that can be treated by acupuncture are as follows:
  • Headaches and migraines
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps or strains
  • Common cold or sinusitis
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • "Tennis elbow"
  • Insomnia
  • Toothaches
  • General pain or discomfort

Benefits of Acupuncture

In addition to its versatility in relieving pain for a majority of conditions and illnesses, acupuncture also boasts many other benefits. For instance, acupuncture has been known to treat insomnia and back pain without the use of drugs. There are many ways individuals could benefit from acupuncture. Here are the top five:
  1. Improves mood. Compared with the results from counseling, weekly acupuncture treatments have been linked to improvements in mood and treating depression. The needles are able to help regulate “happy-making neurotransmitters in the brain,” according to Prevention Magazine.
  2. Reduces migraines.When needles are placed strategically, acupuncturists can apply tiny bouts of electric currents to reduce the number of migraines after a period of time.
  3. Relieves allergy symptoms.Have terrible allergies? Seasonal sufferers might want to try acupuncture for a holistic treatment. Acupuncture has been found to help with nasal allergies and improved the quality of life for patients suffering from perennial allergic rhinitis.
  4. Lowers blood pressure.The Director of Blood Pressure medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US conducted a recent study, which found that acupuncture stimulates nerves that communicate with the brain and “quiets down” the cells that control blood pressure. When these cells become less active, blood vessels are able to relax and expand.
  5. Provides drug-free pain reliefBecause there are no drug prescriptions involved, acupuncture proves to be a completely natural, safe and holistic approach to treating illnesses and injuries. For those that are wary about taking pills or other medicines, acupuncture could be a perfect fit!

As you can see, acupuncture is not as cringe-worthy as many people think! It can be a great way to holistically improve your overall health. If you’re interested in acupuncture therapy treatment, we recommend consulting a physician that has experience with Chinese medicine.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Benefits of TheraBand Resistance Bands and Tubing

TheraBand resistance bands are quickly becoming a popular way to both exercise and rehabilitate injuries due to their ease and effectiveness. Resistance bands work when you push your legs or arms away from your body, against the constraint of the rubber. Exercising with resistance bands or tubing can increase your strength, improve balance and, in some cases, decrease blood pressure.

But in the realm of resistance bands, one brand stands out among the rest. TheraBand is a popular choice among doctors and physiotherapists because of its quality, reliability, consistency and durability. Unlike some brands, TheraBand tubing doesn’t snap against extreme pressure and can withstand a high level of force . Even more, they are great for  increasing strength, mobility and can reduce pain associated with injury, old age or chronic conditions. So whether you’re  searching for a new exercise routine or looking to improve your range of motion and  flexibility of your muscles, TheraBand tubes and resistance bands are the go to  choice! 

TheraBand for Exercise
Some may say that traditional weight lifting is the most effective way to build muscles and increase strength, but many personal trainers and fitness aficionados have found that by using resistance bands, you’re able to increase your body’s muscle mass similarly to how you would with free weights – and sometimes, even better! This is great news for gym-goers who are looking to tone their bodies.

There are several resistance band workouts  you can try, including leg extensions, squats, lateral band walks and push-ups! Just make sure not to overwork your muscles by using too strong of a resistance band, especially if you’re prone to injury.

TheraBand for Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation exercises are important for those who are injured or are reaching the point in their lives where their muscles are weakening. While body weight exercises and stretches are helpful, they can only do so much. TheraBand resistance bands  provide users the unique ability to push past traditional limits of rehabilitation without over-exerting themselves. This type of band training can often lead to faster recovery times and increased mobility for the elderly by providing muscle strength improvements and heart rate functions!

Once you’ve decided to try out the TheraBand, you’ll find a variety of bands and tubes on our website. They vary in both length and colour. The colour depends on which muscle group you plan to focus on and which level of resistance you want. Beginning at tan, which is the easiest resistance, the range extends all the way to gold. A complete list is given below:

TheraBand Resistance Grades:
Tan: Extra light
Green: Medium level of resistance
Gold: Strongest resistance

To effectively use the TheraBands, all you have to do is position your muscles between the band, in order to create resistance. When you pull on the band, it will become harder to stretch, similar to a rubber band.

Long-lasting, strong and durable, TheraBand resistance bands will guide you through every workout and help you achieve your health goals. Shop with iHealthSphere today to find several different TheraBand options!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Travel Check List for the Summer Games

Athletes take special measures to ensure their bodies stay healthy when they travel, so why shouldn’t you? A flight from Australia to Brazil is around 17 hours, so if you’re getting ready to travel to the summer games, thinking about your body’s health is important. Long plane rides and constant walking can be hard on the body, and the last thing you want to do while you’re cheering on your country is to be worried about sickness and muscle soreness. 

With a little planning and packing, you can help ensure a safe and healthy trip. To get you ready for the summer games, here is a travel check list that’ll help you know what to pack for Rio De Janeiro!

Airplane Packing Tips

Sea-Band for nausea on the plane
When making the journey from Australia to Brazil, you’ll be sitting at high altitudes in an uncomfortable chair for a long, long time. During the flight, you might experience some unprecedented nausea. Before you get into a situation where you’re stuck in the airplane bathroom the entire trip, take precautions and bring a Sea-Band Nausea pack. Sea-bands are applied to the wrists to naturally relieve symptoms of nausea. They work by applying a small amount of pressure to your Nei-Kuan acupressure point, which has been clinically tested to diminish sickness symptoms. This way, instead of worrying about taking nausea medication onto a plane which can often make you feel tired and drowsy, you’ll have a natural, low-cost solution that the whole family can use.

Compression socks
The last thing you want to worry about is your feet aching, especially when you have to be on them so often. After a long day of packing, walking and sitting down for extended periods of time, your feet and legs will need a break. To help with this, replace your traditional socks with compression socks. These help with the support and management of pain associated with the arch and heel and can reduce the throbbing sensations in your foot. Compression socks also stimulate blood flow, which is ideal when you are sitting on a long flight.

During your stay

Foam Rollers for stretching muscles
During your time in Rio, you’ll be walking around a lot. Your muscles will most likely become wound up over time and while stretching may help, it won’t completely alleviate sore muscle symptoms. As a precaution, pack a foam roller. Every night before bed, roll all of your core muscle groups against the foam roller, as this will help tremendously with aches and pains. If you’re worried about getting the roller through airport bagging, we have mini foam rollers designed to be packed into suitcases!

Knee brace for walking or recovery

While a foam roller will go a long way toward helping your sore muscles, you’ll need something during the day to help prevent overexertion. This is especially true if you have an injury or face knee difficulties on a regular basis. Wearing a knee brace will help relieve pain that you might be facing, as well as prevent further injuries from occurring.

Once you have all of these essentials packed and ready to go, you’ll be ready for your trip to the summer games. Make sure to drink plenty of bottled water, eat healthy foods and wear sunscreen. And last but not least, remember to have fun!

Comment below if you’re headed to the summer games, and if you’re packing any other travel essentials we didn’t list.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Natural Foods that Stimulate Muscle Growth

Increasing muscle growth has many benefits. From reducing the risk of injury to gaining strength, growing more muscle mass may improve your quality of life. While lifting weights regularly is crucial to your success, muscles are not just built in the gym. Increasing your daily protein intake is another important step that both nurtures your existing muscles and speeds up the building process. Products like protein powders and bars can help you reach your goal, but are usually   very expensive and require extra work on your part.

If you’re looking for a way to stimulate muscle growth without using supplements or powders, there are plenty of natural foods you can prepare that give you the protein you need to increase your muscle. Here are some of the best protein-filled healthy options:


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Although some dieticians recommend staying away from red meats when trying to lose weight, they can actually be healthy for you – especially for building muscle. Beef has around 22 grams of protein per serving and includes all nine nutritious amino acids, helping you to build a stronger body. To get the most out of your beef, we recommend choosing lean cuts like sirloin.


With around 18 grams of protein per serving, chicken is one of the healthiest and most protein-filled foods  you  can eat. The great part about chicken is it’s incredibly versatile, so you can enjoy it on a salad, in a sandwich or simply on its own! Try to stick with chicken breast because this offers the lowest fat to protein ratio, giving you the benefits without all of the negatives.


Eggs have six grams of protein and a plethora of vitamin A. However, they also have high cholesterol content, which sometimes leads to an unflattering label of “unhealthy.” However, recent studies have found that there is no concrete link between heart disease and egg intake. That being said, there’s no reason not to enjoy a few scrambled eggs or egg whites for breakfast!


Fish is a healthy alternative to chicken, and doctors recommend eating it at least twice a week. It carries 39 grams of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other amazing nutrients, which make for a delicious and nutritious meal. Salmon is a great choice when deciding which fish to go with. Sprinkle it with seasoning and add a lemon before baking it in the oven for a fresh taste!


Quinoa is commonly referred to as a “superfood” – and for good reason! Although quinoa is commonly grouped with rice and other starches, it’s actually a seed which is cooked to taste and look like rice. It has fiber, vitamins, all nine amino acids and eight grams of protein per cup. Organically made and delivered, quinoa is the perfect substitute for starches if you’re looking to add some extra protein into your lunch or dinner.

A healthy lifestyle starts in the kitchen, so before you start building muscle, make sure you have enough protein in your system to give yourself the energy you need to get through your work out. And once your work out  is over, don’t forget to check out iHealthSphere’s muscle recovery supplies like our Premax creams and lotions.

Comment below on some other high-protein foods you’ve tried!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Product Spotlight: Thermoskin Knee Brace

If you suffer from leg problems such as arthritis, sprains, strains or feelings of weakness in general, everyday activities can be painful. Things like walking your dog or going up the stairs becomes a battle. When researching how to help arthritis pain, it may feel like your only option is surgery. But with the help of the ThermoskinThermal Knee Brace, you’ll soon find yourself doing regular activities without the cost or pain of surgery.

This knee brace for arthritis has been specially designed to give users optimal comfort and mobility so they can get back to their day-to-day lives. Complete with three dimensional layers, the exclusive lining provides insulation, air circulation and the wicking of moisture, which allows the skin to remain oxygenated and comfortable for extended periods of time. Using the patented Trioxon design, the light, but firm, compression counteracts with tissue swelling while simultaneously increasing blood flow, which together creates an enhanced recovery period.

One of the best features of this knee support is that it has been clinically tested to increase the skin and muscle temperature in order to reach the optimal level of heat therapy. Doing so increases the elasticity and reactivity of the muscle and allows the healing process to happen much faster. All in all, this arthritis knee wrap has everything you could possibly need to help your knee and get back on your feet.

The outer lining is nylon, the mid layer is rubber foam and the inner lining is polyester. Altogether, this wrap is soft and comfortable in order to provide you with added support  and comfort.. In fact, it’s so comfortable, you will probably  forget you  are wearing one! Available in sizes XS – XXL, caters for all shapes and sizes.  

Injuries this wrap is designed for:
  • Arthritis
  • Jumper’s Knee (Patella Tendon Overuse Injury, Patella Tendinosis, Patella Tendinopathy)
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
  • Runner’s Knee (Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome)

To use this arthritis knee support, apply the product so that the mid-section of the three-piece brace is directly over the knee patella. Be advised, do not wear within the first 72 hours of an acute injury. This product contains synthetic fibre, which may cause allergic reactions. Should an irritation or rash develop, discontinue use and seek medical advice. If pain persists, discontinue and consult your medical professional.

Our mission is to provide products that help prevent and relieve pain and let you  get back to doing what you love.  Browse the rest of our physio products.