Keeping up with Curative Orthopaedics!

Inspiration at Project Entrepreneur

On April 7th-8th Project Entrepreneur hosted a jam-packed weekend in New York City to give a selected group of 200 female entrepreneurs the tools, training, and networking  to run a successful and sustainable business. Rent the Runway partnered with UBS, to sponsors Project Entrepreneur in hopes of empowering future female entrepreneurs.

Our CEO, Samantha, was one of the 12 women selected to compete in the live pitch competition, the final event of the intensive weekend. 

The exciting weekend started off with several inspirational and successful female entrepreneur speakers, including Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx! Poppy Harlow, from CNN and Carley Roney, Co-Founder of The Knot were also attendees of the weekend!

One of Samantha’s biggest takeaways from the event was during a seminar with Jenny Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway. Jenny was asked about being a mom and balancing personal life with business, and one of her main pieces of advice was not to put things on hold to start your company. “Just live your life and you’ll make it work.”



Curative Orthopaedics is humbled to have been part of such an inspirational weekend. Being surrounded by so many intelligent and strong women is extremely motivating! 

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5 Life-Changing Reasons For Therapeutic Sleep + 5 Ways To Do It

 

Accomplish more while sleeping?!? Sounds like magic. Better life just from deep sleep? Sounds amazing! But the flipside is often a vicious cycle of health issues, and less and less sleep, making it hard to live your life to its fullest. ... I’ll go for the first option, please!

 

WHY?

  1. Decreasing Inflammation

7-9 hours of sleep lowers blood levels of inflammatory proteins, but even 5-6 hours of deep sleep is better than 7-9 hours of tossing and turning. According to Health.com, deep sleep with muscle relaxation and unconstricted bloodflow equals less inflammation, chronic conditions and pain.

  1. Stress Levels

If you’re too stressed, you can't sleep; if you can’t sleep, you’ll be more stressed. A vicious cycle! We face several stressors each day and just a little bit deeper sleep each night will help you tackle what life decides to throw at you each day. Baby steps!

  1. Brain Functions

The quality & quantity of sleep determines how well our brains process and retain information. Without sleep, we can’t focus, learn efficiently, or consolidate new memories. Better sleep could help you advance your career & make smart decisions. Return on investment!

  1. Physical Energy

Does your body feel lethargic or heavy? Without deep sleep, our bodies experience more fatigue, and less recovery, stamina, energy, and performance. An earlier bedtime can also help maintain a healthy weight, because when we lose deep sleep, we lose muscle mass.

  1. Spur Your Creativity

Researchers at Harvard university and Boston College found that when we sleep we strengthen the emotional components of a memory. This can help spur our creative processes. Sleep also assists the brain in making connections between unrelated ideas and memories, which increases the likelihood that a creative idea will surface.

 

HOW?

  1. Keep your Sleep Space Dark

Avoiding the glow from your alarm clock or the light from your phone can make a big difference when sleeping. Bright light affects our biological clock & signals our body to produce less melatonin. If you need to, consider sleeping with an eye-mask!

  1. Avoid Sleeping on your Stomach & Use a Pillow in Strategic Positions Depending on Your Issues

Sleeping on our stomach flattens the natural curve in our spine, which can add strain to the muscles in our back and neck. If this is the only position you can get comfortable in, put a pillow under the lower part of your abdomen and pelvis.

There are different sleeping positions and tactics that can help ease specific areas of pain. If you have lower back pain try sleeping in the fetal position with a pillow between your knees. If you are suffering from middle or upper back pain trying sleeping with a pillow under your upper arm and a pillow under your neck to keep your head aligned with your spine.

The position that maximizes relaxation and bloodflow to your spine/muscles is on your back, with a pillow under your knees.

  1. Pain & Stress Management Techniques

Taking time out of your busy schedule to find the right pain management techniques can help your sleep schedule. Meditation, ice or hot baths, and aromatherapy could make a big difference when it comes to improving your pain. And try to free your mind especially at night.

  1. Maintain a Routine, and Avoid Staying in Bed in the Morning

Laying around or tossing and turning in bed after you wake won’t help you get any more deep sleep, and can make you groggy and strained. Trust your body, which is trying to help you stay on a consistent schedule. Face the light of day, and strive for easy routine bedtime at night. Baby steps will help you get better and better each day!

  1. Try a Support Garment Designed Specifically for Maximum Sleep Therapy, Rest, Recovery, and Reduced Pain

Back2Sleep® by Curative Orthopaedics is the one comfortable non-invasive therapeutic garment designed specifically for sleep. It uses 3 components for enhanced sleep therapy: acupressure, compression, and thermotherapy (use of heat/cold): all clinically proven to ease nighttime back pain by relaxing the muscles, increasing bloodflow, and providing comfortable support.

FDA approved Clinical Trial users had significant improvement, regularly wearing the garment while sleeping. Some even call it a miracle for chronic pain.

 Due to success found by those who wear the garment, Curative Orthopaedics gives back the full cost if comfortable sleep is not achieved.

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5 Resolutions to Kickstart the New Year

 

 

If you want to make the most of 2017 get out of bed and go after it! Welcome change. Laugh more. Meet new faces. Get out of your comfort zone. Throw away the unnecessary space fillers. Surround yourself with positive spirits. Go to bed early. Wake up early. Be bold. Be grateful. Take opportunities that challenge you. Live unapologetically.

Here's a list of ideas to kickstart the New You in the New Year!

  1. Learn to Forgive

It's a new year, leave behind the past and welcome serenity in order to mend the broken relationships. Only focus on the things within your control. It is a waste of energy to harness a negative mindset or hold a grudge. It only takes 10 seconds of courage to step out of your comfort zone!

  1. Learn Something New

Dig out your old language books from high school and brush up on your Spanish. Learn the language of your dream vacation spot. Take ballroom dancing classes or put on those cleats and kick around the soccer ball. Treat yourself to a watercolor paint set or ask your grandma to finally teach you knitting.

  1. Save Your Money for an Experience

What do you cherish more, your trip to Niagara Falls or your Patagonia sweater? Sometimes setting aside that $20 from your paycheck can be that road trip you've always talked about. The best memories could have the smallest price tag.

  1. Buy Local

Whether it be food or clothing, spend your money on the community you live in. It goes a long way to give your money to the local farmer's market instead of the mainstream grocery store. The extra dollars spent are worth it when you know where your money is going. This is another way to get out of your comfort zone for the new year!

  1. Make More Time for Things that Make You Happy

Everyone thinks the new year has to be about losing weight or getting that promotion, but the end goal should be happiness. If that means carving out time to meditate or cook yourself a healthy meal, then so be it. Finally get around to reading that book you’ve had on the shelf or get up early and watch the sunrise. Happiness is a different door for every individual, take time this new year to find your key.


Make 2017 a year where your resolutions turn into good habits.

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Just how important is good posture?

 

Having good posture ranks just as important as eating right, exercising daily and getting the right amount of sleep. How we carry ourselves when walking, sitting or just relaxing plays a pivotal role in maintaining good posture.  When you are sitting correctly, it means your muscles, joints and ligaments are correctly aligned, contributing to a normal functioning nervous system.

Constantly slouching our hunching can affect our digestion, circulation and spine. Experts say poor posture constricts the movement of the diaphragm and weakens the abdominal muscles.

We may not see the immediate consequences of bad posture, but we will pay the price as we age! Our spines have excellent memories, controlling our posture now will have long term benefits.

Next time you are in the car, sitting in a meeting or just walking around, remember how vital good posture is. Here are some easy tips to use everyday to work towards a better posture:

  1. Incorporate yoga into your exercise routine
  2. Keep your weight on the balls of your feet
  3. Train your cores muscles
  4. Perform exercises targeting the back extensors, neck flexors and pelvic muscles
  5. Roll up a towel and place it at your lumbar spine while driving or sitting for extended periods of time.

 

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47 Backers, 30 Days, 1 Successful Campaign

 

We are thrilled to announce the success of our Kickstarter campaign! On August 5th, our campaign was launched alongside the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. As athletes from around the globe competed for gold, we competed to reach our goal of $10k in thirty days!

We are excited to have been able to share Back2Sleep™ with the world in hopes of ending the vicious cycle of nighttime back pain. Thanks to 47 backers, we were able to raise $10,581! Their donations will not only help fund Back2Sleep™, but will help us move forward to our greater mission, to develop non-invasive solutions for all chronic pain sufferers!

We are extremely thankful for all the support we have been shown. Our team is looking forward introducing Back2Sleep™ to market!

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Live on Kickstarter!

We're excited to announce that our Kickstarter Campaign has officially begun along with the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic games!!! As thousands of athletes from around the world compete for gold, Curative Orthopaedics will be competing to reach our Kickstarter goal!

We have tested, analyzed, and proved the efficacy of Back2Sleep™, and are now ready to share it with the world!  We found that 3 out of 4 of our trial participants reported improvement in their pain over a 3-week period!

We want you to be a part of our creative experience! A different reward is available for each donation level! Here's a quick look: 

$25, Gel eye-mask that can be heated or cooled.

$100, One Dri-FIT olympic themed T-shirt.

$500, One Back2Sleep™ brace and a Curative Orthopaedics T-shirt.

$1,000,  Two Back2Sleep™ braces and a Curative Orthopaedics T-shirt.

 

When you contribute, your donations will not only help fund the marketing of Back2Sleep™, but it will also help fund our broader goal - to help all chronic pain sufferers receive a more restful night's sleep through the development of safe, non-invasive solutions for nighttime chronic pain.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates about Back2Sleep™ and let the campaign begin!

 

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Celebrities Suffer Too!

Celebrities are the last people we think to suffer from chronic pain. From their busy schedules to constant appearances in the spotlight, their lives are always on the move. However, it turns out they are not any different from the other 20 million people in the U.S that report having chronic back pain! 

Check out the secret struggles of some household names...

Perhaps one of the more well known celebrities for having back pain, George Clooney, is open about his struggles. George Clooney’s health took a turn for the worse when he injured himself while filming a scene for Syriana in 2005.  According to Huffington Post, it took the doctor's weeks to figure out what had gone wrong with his health before they eventually discovered that there was fluid leaking from his spine, proving the severity of his condition.

Like many other back sufferers, Clooney struggled with various prescribed pain medications from his doctors. As a result of the medication, he dealt with stomach pain and did not like the high he felt when taking the medication. Clooney has learned how manage the pain, with the help of therapy and different pain medications.

 Bono, the Irish singer-songwriter and musician, has struggled with chronic pain for several years. He injured himself in numerous stage accidents, as well as a bike accident a few years ago that shattered bones in his arms and legs. According to ABC News, he was able to get himself back on track thanks to surgery and lots of recovery time.  

 Paula Abdul, most recently known for her role on American Idol, has suffered from chronic pain since the age of seventeen when she injured herself in a cheerleading accident. To make matters worse, Paula was in a car accident in 1987 and plane crash 1993, which increased the severity of her pain. Abdul’s chronic pain affected many parts of her life, whether it be judging on American Idol, performing on tour, or something as simple as her mood each day.

In 2004, According to Everyday Health, Abdul was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition called Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, a rare neuropathic disorder that causes intense, unexplained pain.  After almost giving up on hopes for relief, Paula began Enbrel treatments, a shot once a week that helps to treat arthritis. This proved a remarkable treatment for Paula, who is now able to enjoy life more and gives the now gives the advice to pain sufferers to find a support group, as the pain can be so isolating.  

 Bo Derek, famous for her role in the movie 10, has struggled with back pain. Her chronic pain  stemmed from years of horseback riding, ultimately leading to a herniated disc. Her low back pain has prompted her to participate in the “Many Faces of Pain”, an exhibit that traveled around the world raising awareness for pain management.

 Tobey Maguire, star of Spider-Man, has dealt with on-and-off back pain for numerous years according to ABC news, which was exacerbated by his stunt-heavy roles, making his pain management more difficult. In 2003, Maguire suffered a herniated disk while filming scenes in Seabiscuit and has caused him trouble since.

 

80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. With so many solutions involving prescription medications, a great start on the road to recovery is finding non-invasive solutions for chronic pain. Whether it be trying products like our Back2Sleep back brace or simply joining a new yoga class at the gym, there are healthy, non invasive form of chronic pain management that exist, just don’t give up looking!


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Exciting Updates in the Office

Our clinical trial of Back2Sleep is officially underway and our talented team has been working hard pulling insights from our trial data!

How is The Trial Structured?

The trial period lasts six weeks for each participant. For the first 3 weeks, the participants wear a  Fitbit Charge HR to allow our team to track their daily activity and sleep schedule. Participants also self report their back pain using the Wong Baker FACES Pain Scale, pictured below.

During week four, the participants receive Back2Sleep and continue to wear the brace for the remainder of the trial. During weeks 4-6, participants continue reporting their pain levels with the Wong Baker FACES Pain Scale, while also continuing to wear the Fitbit Charge HR.  

At the conclusion of the trial, our staff conducts a follow up interview to receive feedback, suggestions and comment about their experience with the brace. Below are some responses:

“I sleep well with the brace and wake up feeling better...The pressure feels good on my back muscles.”  - Participant CO022

"If I didn’t wear the brace one or two days I would notice a difference. I was in less pain nights I wore the brace”.  - Participant CO001

Crunching the Numbers

Along with receiving positive verbal feedback, our Clinical Research Coordinator, Charity Calloway, Chief Medical Advisor, Sameer Sood, and Trial Analyst Kayal Nunemacher crunched the numbers to see if the quantitative data matched the qualitative data, and our preliminary findings concluded that Back2Sleep reduced pain by 18.5%, with a P value of 0.07!  We are so thrilled that our brace has been helping so many individuals who suffer from chronic back pain!

Curative Orthopaedics is looking forward to launch Back2Sleep™, so more people suffering from chronic pain can be helped!  Don’t miss out! Back2Sleep™ can be pre-ordered now through June 30th, 2016. Order now and receive 15% and begin your recovery to a more comfortable, healthier lifestyle. 

 

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Another Trip to the Big Apple

 

On June 3rd Curative Orthopaedics’ CEO Samantha Simmons attended The Next Gen Summit in NYC, an annual conference for young entrepreneurs. The Next Gen Summit spanned 3 days with various events and speakers; Curative Orthopaedics was selected to participate in the pitch portion of the conference sponsored by Inc.ubator. The conference was established two years ago for entrepreneurs under the age of thirty who are looking to share and expand their ideas, network, and present their work to possible investors. There were several different speakers featured at the event, such as Amanda Bradford, the founder of The League and Jacob Goodwin, the founder of Fresh Prints. What makes the conference so unique and innovative is that it was created by young entrepreneurs themselves. The head of the program, Justin Lafazan and his partner Dylan Gambardella are only nineteen. Their mission is to “empower the world’s youth to design extraordinary lives”.

At the conference, Samantha got the opportunity to pitch Back2Sleep to a panel of fifteen investors of various backgrounds. She had three minutes to present the facts and functionality of the brace, which was then followed by three minutes of Q&A, and ended with feedback from the panel. Samantha was very pleased with her experience and is excited for her follow-up meetings with interested investors.

Curative Orthopaedics is thankful to have been able to attend such an innovative conference, while receiving the opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs.

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Our Intern, Kennedy, Recaps Her Experience with Curative Orthopaedics!

 

My time at Curative Orthopaedics has flown by. After reflecting on my experience the expectations I had about internships could not have been more wrong.

One of the biggest takeaways I received from this internship was having the ability to watch the company grow. Getting to hear Samantha tell her story about the development of Back2Sleep, to watching the brace actually being manufactured was an incredible experience. I was able to be apart of networking for the company, as well the behind the scenes tasks.

Working for Curative Orthopaedics allowed me to apply what I learned in school, but also showed me what I needed to learn more about. It pushed me outside of my comfort zone and gave me the confidence to voice my opinion. The company allowed me to a part of developing ideas for the social media posts, networking events and overall improvements that could be made to the company.

It is so rare to be able to work directly with the CEO of the company you’re interning for, but I was able to communicate and learn from Samantha every week. Seeing how hard working and passionate she is about the company is one of my biggest motivators. Her and Lisa improved my writing skills, networking abilities and confidence in my decisions every week.


The internship also put my time-management skills to the test. Balancing schoolwork, holding a position in my sorority and my hours at Curative Orthopaedics was a challenge, but one I learned from. I am very thankful I got the opportunity to watch such an inspiring company expand. I am looking forward to continue contributing and learning from this awesome company this summer!


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