Choosing a CanDo® Balance Board

If low aerobic exercises with a balance pad is not your thing, then using a balance board may be a better option. Compared to balance pads, balance boards offer more of a challenge when it comes to balance and vestibular training. … Continue reading

Train like an Olympian with Airex®

The Winter Olympics have kicked off sparking a worldwide competition between the nations of the world. For both Summer and Winter, athletes train year-round to participate in these games. They train hard and in turn they require the best gym equipment … Continue reading

Product Spotlight: CanDo® Dynamic Stretch Strap

As mentioned in our previous article, charley horses can produce intense pain. They sneak up on you while you are asleep in your bed and can become very painful. Thankfully, this problem can be prevented through stretching. Using the CanDo® … Continue reading

Stretch to Prevent a Charley Horse

As you are sleeping soundly and having sweet dreams, suddenly you get a sharp feeling in the middle of the night. You are awoken by a scream worthy pain in your leg. As this pain starts to alleviate after a couple … Continue reading

Using Dumbbells for Time Under Tension

Earlier this week we wrote about the exercise practice known as “time under tension”. To sum it up, “time under tension” allows people to get the results they want without lifting heavy weights. Dedicating time to certain muscle groups and … Continue reading

Time Under Tension

If you enjoy picking things up and putting things down, chances are you are a fan of free weight training. However, lifting the heaviest weights does not always mean you’re stronger than someone who lifts lighter weights. The person who is … Continue reading

Product Spotlight: The FabStim®

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a type of nerve stimulation therapy that helps relieve mild to chronic pain. With a prescription, you can use this therapy treatment in the comfort of your own home. It does not have to … Continue reading

TENS for Pain Relief

Ever consider using electricity to relieve pain? Electricity can help relieve pain as a type of therapy for people suffering from many types of pain inducing injuries. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) uses electric frequencies to send non-painful signals through … Continue reading

Time to get Antimicrobial

With flu season upon us, it is a good idea to take action to stay germ free. Taking precautions and getting rid of bad germs will make you less likely to get sick. To prepare for the fight against bad … Continue reading

Take Action Against Flu Season

Flu season is here and this year it is affecting a lot of people. In some cases, the flu can be very serious or even fatal. What some may perceive as a cold, could be a deadly flu virus. To avoid … Continue reading

CanDo® Kinesiology Tape

In our last article we detailed the numerous benefits of kinesiology tape. This tape is great for improving, healing and relaxing muscles. Many different brands manufacture their own kinesiology tape. With all these brands that carry kinesiology tape it can be … Continue reading

Benefits of Kinesiology Tape

If you have never heard of kinesiology tape before, you should know that it is not just any ordinary tape. It is a thin, stretchy tape that is applied to the body providing a therapeutic effect. While kinesiology tape can’t be used to … Continue reading

Products to Improve Posture

Previously this week we discussed bad posture and some of the ways you can prevent it. It is true that there are things you can do by yourself to improve posture without any product aid. For example, getting up from … Continue reading

How Bad Posture Can Affect You

Ever slouch in front of your computer while you are at work? Chances are you are doing it right now. Most people who sit in front of the computer all day tend to slouch to get more comfortable. This is … Continue reading

Comparing Acupuncture and Dry Needling

There are many ways to treat and manage pain. Some people take pain medication in the form of pills, while others look for alternative ways to help cope with pain. Of these alternative ways, one might consider either acupuncture or … Continue reading

Keeping your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

It’s the start of the new year and the most common New Year’s resolution is to go to the gym. Especially after eating a lot of holiday food at the end of last year. Although it is good to make … Continue reading

Exercising Away Sleep Deprivation

The best way to get your body tired and ready for sleep is to do intense workouts at the right time of day. This means that doing cardio workouts and lifting weights in the afternoon or at night increases your … Continue reading

Tell Insomnia to Take a Hike

Sleep is something we all must do at the end of the day no matter how much some try to fight it. No amount of energy drinks can prevent the inevitable. Everyone needs to sleep because if we don’t, then there … Continue reading

Combating Joint Stiffness

It is true that when the human body gets cold, it does not circulate blood as well which can cause joints to stiffen. Though not scientifically proven, most people say that the cold weather affects their joints. The best way to … Continue reading

Cold Weather Tips to Consider

Winter is almost here! While there are no ice zombies to fight, there is the cold weather to battle. As temperatures drop people’s mindsets must change when it comes to exercising and physical rehabilitation. It is no longer feasible to … Continue reading

Balance Training Tools

Earlier in the week we spoke about postural stability and why it is important to balance train as we grow older. Now that we’ve established why this is important, it is good to know how we can balance train. It is … Continue reading

Improving Postural Stability

When you go to the gym do you usually just work on cardio or weight training? Balance training is not really common at the gym unless you are at a specific class like yoga or Pilates. It turns out that … Continue reading

Using Cold and Hot Contrast Therapy

We all know that when we stub our toe we need to apply ice, after yelling profusely of course. We also know that great feeling we get when we apply a warm compress after hurting our back from lifting something … Continue reading

Types of Hand Dynamometers

Hand dynamometers are unique therapeutic instruments intended for evaluating and measuring the most extreme isometric qualities of your hand and forearm muscles. Sports, like baseball and tennis, where the hand is utilized for tossing or lifting make use of dynamometers … Continue reading

How to use Puttycise® Tools

If you have used resistive hand putty, you already know that it is a great exerciser to strengthen hand and finger muscles. The amount of exercises you can do is only limited by one’s own imagination. If you are looking … Continue reading

How to use the Digi-Flex® Multi

Discover the future of hand therapy today with the CanDo® Digi-Flex® Multi hand exerciser. It is an innovative approach to hand therapy that allows completely customizable hand and forearm strengthening. It is a great option for rehabilitation therapy after an … Continue reading

Digi-Flex® for Musicians

Anyone can use the Digi-Flex® for hand training, especially musicians. Playing an instrument requires great strength in the fingers, which this hand exerciser can help maintain and develop. Using the CanDo® Digi-Flex® can develop strength, flexibility, and coordination. This device … Continue reading

Benefits of using Kettlebells

Dumbbells and barbells have long been used in fitness training programs. This is because they give you value when it comes to building muscle, strength, and creating an impressive physique. However, all this has been changed thanks to kettlebells. Using … Continue reading

How to Set Up Your Relief Pak® Heating Unit

The latest addition to the Relief Pak® product line is the Relief Pak® Heating Unit. This collection of heating units is unique because each unit, including four and six pack capacity units, feature insulation. This insulation makes the heating units … Continue reading

Static and Dynamic Stretching

Do you stretch before and after your workout? It is suggested that every person should stretch as a “warm-up” before a workout and as a “cool-down” afterwards. These pre- and post-workout strategies are often used to reduce the risk of … Continue reading

Stress Management Tips

We have all dealt with stress before throughout our lives in one way or another but chronic stress can affect your entire well-being. It can cause disturbances in your physical and mental health. To be happier, healthier and more productive, … Continue reading

Massage Therapy Products

There are many different ways to receive the healing effects of massage therapy. Massage therapy products are one main way to gain pain relief. These tools can be used with the help of a massage therapist, a friend or even used … Continue reading

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is celebrating National Massage Therapy Awareness Week® October 22-28. This is the 21st year it is being celebrated and gives people the opportunity to promote the massage therapy profession and their practices. Massage therapy … Continue reading

World Osteoporosis Day

Every year, World Osteoporosis Day falls on October 20th. This is a day dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Around the world, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men are at … Continue reading

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

When thinking of therapy, there are many different types for specific needs. Two therapies that can often be mistook for one another are Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Both Physical Therapists (PTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) have an extensive knowledge … Continue reading

Types of Physical Therapy Products

Have you ever been to a Physical Therapist? You’ll notice in your therapist’s office many different types of physical therapy products. Each with its own purpose. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques and products to help their patients rehabilitate … Continue reading

National Physical Therapy Month

In addition to National Chiropractic Month, October is known for National Physical Therapy Month. During this month, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) strives to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and promotes safe and effective alternatives for pain … Continue reading

Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractors use many different treatments in order to help heal their patients and these techniques have many beneficial characteristics. Some treatments include: Massage Therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Ultrasound and Hydrotherapy. Below we briefly outline what these chiropractic treatments … Continue reading

National Chiropractic Health Month

Every October is National Chiropractic Health Month. This month centers around the chiropractic field encouraging patients to start with safer, effective and conservative options for pain before moving on to riskier treatments. This year, National Chiropractic Health Month is focused … Continue reading

Using Moist Heat Therapy

Heat therapy or thermotherapy can be used for many different reasons. It can help sooth aches and pains by reducing muscle stiffness and discomfort. There are actually two kinds of heat therapy: moist and dry. The two are both beneficial … Continue reading

Benefits of Heat Therapy

Heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, is the use of heat in treatment. Applying heat to an area increases the blood flow, bringing along proteins and oxygen. The overall benefits of heat therapy are very prevalent.  This therapy method is … Continue reading

Cold Therapy Products

Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is a popular form of treatment for acute injuries. The method works to reduce swelling by cooling the skin, narrowing the blood vessels in the underlying tissues, and thereby restricting blood flow to the … Continue reading

Treating Injuries with Cold Compression Therapy

What is one thing sports injuries, overtraining, or accidental injuries have in common? They often heal faster with cold compression therapy. Cold therapy is commonly used to treat acute injuries. Cold temperatures narrow blood vessels which reduces blood flow to … Continue reading

Choosing a Pedal Exerciser

Not only are pedal exercisers a great option to add to a workout routine, they offer benefits when added to a work station. Keeping active while working is beneficial to long term health and increases concentration as well as work … Continue reading

Pedal Exercisers in the Workplace

Did you know that over 40% of our jobs involve us sitting inactive for most of the day? All that sitting adds up and can have negative effects. According to Lucas Carr, assistant professor in health and human physiology at the … Continue reading

10 Benefits of Physical Therapy

Have you ever been injured or developed a medical condition that weakens your ability to move? Chances are you’ve seen a physical therapist during your recovery process. Physical therapy helps patients return to their original, or improved, level of function. … Continue reading

World Physical Therapy Day

This Friday, Sept. 8th marks this year’s World Physical Therapy Day. This day recognizes the work that physical therapists do for their patients and their community. The theme of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day is physical activity and the … Continue reading

Exercise Ball Options

Exercise balls are a great way to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, and core strength. They can be used as a seat, an exercise tool, or a stretching tool. With many exercise ball options, it can be difficult to know which … Continue reading

Inflating & Deflating an Exercise Ball

If you are looking to strengthen your core or improve your balance, try using an exercise ball. Exercise balls are a great workout tool to have on hand, but when using in the home, they can be difficult to store. … Continue reading

ColdSpot™ Pain Relief Guide

Point Relief® ColdSpot™ Topical Analgesic provides fast-acting, cooling relief for minor pains and bruising. It penetrates deep to soothe the muscles and joints underlying the skin on which it was applied. The product is available in three distinct compositions that cater … Continue reading

Topical Pain Relief: Menthol and Lidocaine

Topical pain relief treatments are a great temporary pain relief alternative to over-the-counter pain medication. It is a good option for patients who cannot take pain relief medication due to a sensitive stomach. Topical pain relief is fast-acting and can … Continue reading

Choosing a Foam Roller

Recently, practice of foam rolling has widely increased in popularity. While it was initially practiced only by serious athletes, now all people are encouraged to partake in it. Across the county, exercise classes are using foam rolling (self-myofascial release) as … Continue reading

5 Foam Rolling Facts

If you have sore muscles, or are feeling stressed out, foam rolling is a great way to relax and recover. It is often used by physical therapists, athletes, and chiropractors, but anyone can foam roll with the right roller. We’ve … Continue reading

How to Choose a Splinting Material

With so many different splinting material options, it can be difficult to choose a splinting material that is best for your patients. For example, you may need a material that is stiff, non-stick, and mini perforated. We’re taking a look … Continue reading

Introduction to Splinting Material

Thermoplastic splinting material is used to create low temperature splints that protect and support fracture and sprain injuries. This material is lighter than traditional plaster casting and easier to remove and clean. It’s generally used for injuries that require a … Continue reading

Types of TheraPutty®

TheraPutty® is a stretchy, silicon-based exercise material used by physical and occupational therapists for hand therapy. It is widely used for rehabilitative purposes after an accident or stroke. Grip strength, finger strength, and fine motor skills can all be improved by … Continue reading

5 TheraPutty® Exercises

It’s hard to think of an activity we do in our everyday lives that doesn’t involve the use of our hands. Due to the frequency in which we use our fingers, weak finger strength can significantly decrease one’s quality of life. … Continue reading

25 Uses for Dycem® Non-Slip Material

Chances are you have experienced the frustration of using a product and having it slip, fall, or move while you need it stable. Dycem® products are the perfect solution. This non-slip material has a two-sided non-adhesive grip and provides a … Continue reading

Safe Summer Workout Tips

In the Summer, rising temperatures can make even walking a short distance feel exhausting. Almost all activities feel more tiring in the heat which is why it’s important to be mindful of exercising in the Summer. If precautions are not … Continue reading

Choosing a Ball Chair

Earlier this week we touched upon the benefits of “Active Sitting.” To participate people have increasingly been switching out their standard chair for a ball chair in efforts to improve posture, lessen back pain, and incorporate exercise into their daily … Continue reading

Benefits of Active Sitting

Did you know that sitting can lead to issues such as joint problems, metabolic deficiencies, and even shortened lifespans?  We all sit too much during our days: driving, working at a desk, watching TV, and more. Not even all the … Continue reading

Aquatic Therapy Exercises

As temperatures rise in the Summer heat, people can be inclined to try Aquatic Therapy (Physical Therapy in a pool). This treatment can be a great option for rehabilitation because many exercises are easier in the water. Being buoyant in the water … Continue reading

Prevent Swimming Injuries with Bands

Summer is the perfect time of the year to swim. While swimming is a great form of exercise, you need to take caution. Swimming doesn’t always feel strenuous which can result in injuries. Exercise bands are a great tool to use to … Continue reading

How to use the Relief Pak® Cold n’ Hot® Donut®

Here’s the scenario: you’re running along on your favorite route when your ankle starts to hurt. At first, it’s a little nagging pain, but it gets worse with every step. You’ve experienced this before and know that with a little … Continue reading

Hotel Workout Tips

Have you ever felt hesitant to go on vacation and leave your workout routine at home? You’re not alone, it can be challenging to find the time and facilities to stay on your A-game while traveling. Seasoned traveler Nigel Barker, … Continue reading

How to Use the CanDo® Stretch Strap

Do you stretch after your workout? Many of us know that we need to stretch after exercise, but for the sake of time or exhaustion we just end our workout without cooling down. This not only inhibits performance, but can … Continue reading

Stretch to Stay Healthy All Summer

It is officially summer! Warmer temperatures and more sunshine often motivates people to become more active. Take note that a sudden increase in activity can cause injury if people aren’t careful. One way to prevent an injury is by having … Continue reading

FEI Retail Debuts Relief Pak® Heating Units at NATA 2017

FEI Retail will debut its new Relief Pak® Heating Units at the National Athletic Trainer Association’s AT Expo June 27 – 29, 2017 in Houston, TX. Relief Pak® heating units feature insulation at every size, including 4 and 6 pack units, … Continue reading

How to Relieve Tight Muscles with the CanDo® Leg Stretcher

Tight leg muscles are nothing new to distance runners or bodybuilders. However, if you’re freshly new to these activities you might wonder how these people keep up with their training when their legs can become too tight to move. The … Continue reading

How to use the FabLife® Sock/Stocking Aid

For some people, getting dressed in the morning can prove to be a challenge. Whether these people have recently undergone hip surgery, suffered a stroke, or have symptoms of arthritis, they all can have difficultly performing the simplest everyday tasks, … Continue reading

Learn Functional Exercises with Puttycise® Tools

TheraPutty® is a great tool for hand and finger strengthening. While there are many exercises you can do with putty alone, you can expand your exercise options further by pairing TheraPutty® with a set of Puttycise® tools. The five Puttycise® … Continue reading

Hand Therapy with TheraPutty®

There is a reason why TheraPutty® has been the industry standard exercise putty for more than 30 years. It is versatile, easy to use, and available in a variety of resistance levels, ensuring there is a putty available for everyone. … Continue reading

How to Assemble Your Sensory Ball Pit

Did you know ball pits are well-known for their therapeutic effects for special needs children? Along with being place of fun and play, a ball pit can be very beneficial to a child struggling with sensory issues. Many people think … Continue reading

Balance Training with the TOGU Jumper

It has been reported that 75% of Americans older than 70 years old are diagnosed as having “abnormal” balance. This number is actually alarming because balance problems can make basic tasks, like walking, standing, or sitting, very difficult to do. … Continue reading

Improving Posture with Resistance Bands

Technology has made us more productive and connected us in ways we never thought possible. However, for all the good technology brings, it has also created some physical issues. Technology has forced us to sit down most of the day … Continue reading

Develop Grip Strength with the CanDo® Gel Exercise Ball

Nearly every sport requires the use of your hands. Swimming, wrestling, golf, tennis, martial arts, football, basketball, and obstacle racing all require the use of your hands. To be successful at these sports you must have good grip strength. Fitness … Continue reading

Instant Heat Therapy

Heat Therapy has been used for centuries as a simple and effective way to manage pain, joint and muscular stiffness. Heat not only relieves pain but it enhances the recovery process. By increasing tissue elasticity, heat reduces your resting muscle … Continue reading

Relieving Tight Muscles with the BLACKROLL® MINI

Foam rolling is great method for increasing mobility in muscles and in the fascia. Regular foam rolling can also help shorten recovery time. That being said, sometimes a regular-sized foam roller can’t hit smaller areas of the body that can … Continue reading

Top Products for Hip Replacement Recovery

Did you know more than 300,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year? The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. If it becomes damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities like … Continue reading

3 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

The trees are budding, the days are getting longer, and many runners are coming out of their winter hibernation and are back on the roads. Unfortunately, half of those runners will probably end up nursing a running injury at some … Continue reading

How to use WaxWel® Paraffin Baths to Ease Arthritis Pain

Did you know more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis? This condition causes pain in the joints and this pain can be either mild to moderate, or in some cases the pain is debilitating. … Continue reading

Train with Resistance Bands at Home

Sometimes, you just can’t make it to the gym. Maybe the weather is bad, maybe you’re not feeling well, or maybe you just can’t afford a membership. That’s ok. You can make some serious progress working out at home if … Continue reading

Progressive Training Post-Injury

It’s hard recovering from an injury, especially if you’re used to being active every day. It’s even harder easing back into your training plan. After being out of commission for a long period of time, you may want to jump … Continue reading

5 Tools to Improve Flexibility

Flexibility is a part of our lives that many of us overlook. It is needed to perform everyday activities, such as getting out of bed, cleaning, or interacting with children. As such, it is essential to improve flexibility and include … Continue reading

Sensory Toys and Tools for Kids

Autism Spectrum Disorder is often closely aligned with many sensory processing disorders (SPDs). As a symptom, many autistic children struggle with sensory processing. According to Brain Balance, children with SPD can either show hypersensitivity (over-responsiveness) or hyposensitivity (under-responsiveness) to sensory … Continue reading

TheraPutty Activities for Children with Autism

Children with autism often have trouble with fine motor skills, hand strength, coordination, and spatial awareness. One method used by Occupational Therapists (OT) to help develop these skills is using TheraPutty® activities. The uniqueness of the material as well as the variety … Continue reading

Autism and Occupational Therapy

Did you know that in addition to being Occupational Therapy Month, April is also Autism Awareness Month? Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is defined by Autism Speaks as, “a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, … Continue reading

Adult Occupational Therapy – Upper Body Training

As people grow older, so do their bodies. While one may perceive one’s self as healthy, some health issues can be beyond one’s control. For example, one such issue could be a stroke. After an individual has had a stroke … Continue reading

What is Occupational Therapy?

April is Occupational Therapy month. When people hear the words “Occupational Therapy” they often think that it has something to do with finding a job. That’s an easy mistake to make, but according to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Occupational … Continue reading

FEI Retail Showcases Thermoplastic Splinting Materials at AOTA

Date: March 30, 2017 FEI Retail, the leading manufacturer and distributor of occupational therapy and rehabilitation products, will debut its partnership with Orfit splinting materials at the AOTA Annual Conference March 30 – April 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Orfit … Continue reading

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

Spring training for baseball has begun which is a clear signal that we’re leaving the cold weather behind and summer is just around the corner. Many of us look forward to getting outdoors during the warmer weather. However, higher temperatures … Continue reading

10 Fat Burning Exercises Perfect for Spring

Spring is here and before you know it Summer will be too. In the cold winter weather, it can be very unmotivating to venture out of the house and down to the gym. If you are one that has slacked … Continue reading

Athletic Training’s Role in Monitoring Athlete Burnout

Being a successful athlete puts a lot of pressure on an individual. He or she needs to practice and participate in physical conditioning almost every day and this athlete needs to regularly compete in games. Student athletes need to do … Continue reading

What Makes an Athletic Trainer Tick

Have you ever worked with an Athletic Trainer (AT)? Whether it be on the sport field or in the workplace, athletic trainers are on hand as health care professionals. They are responsible for making quick decisions that can dramatically impact … Continue reading

The Importance of Athletic Trainers in Schools

Have you ever played a sport? If so, then you probably have interacted with an athletic trainer (AT). According to a report in U.S. News, 46.5 million children participate in sports across the U.S. each year. Of those children, every … Continue reading

FEI Retail Participates in Patient Safety Awareness Week

FEI Retail is pleased to announce that it is participating in Patient Safety Awareness Week on March 12 – 18, 2017. What is Patient Safety Awareness Week? This week serves as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about … Continue reading

3 Steps to Get Back in the Game After an Ankle Injury

When an injury occurs at a sporting event, the situation can become tense. Decisions need to be made fast and they need to be the right decisions.  In this type of situation, an athletic trainer (AT) is under immense pressure … Continue reading

National Athletic Training Month Begins

The beginning of March marks the start of National Athletic Training Month (NATM). The goal of NATM is to recognize the importance and value of athletic trainers and make a difference for them in regards to legislation, employment, and public … Continue reading

111 Kettlebell Exercises for Men and Women

Some of us are starting to dream about spring break. As such, some of us are starting to get ready for swimsuit season. Whether you’re getting ready to kick back at the beach or just want to incorporate something new … Continue reading

The importance of Balance Training and how to do it

Think for a second how much you move every day. Did you think about it? It’s a lot! As I type this blog post, my hands are moving over the keyboard. My head is moving back and forth between my … Continue reading