Throughout the years, messages get passed down from older generations to younger generations. Some of these messages are intentional and others are not. Yet it’s often the unintentional messages that carry the ability to cause harm if the original intent is misunderstood. This can happen when the message is based on an assumption or prior-held belief that is no longer accurate or maybe has never been true. One example of this is the disconnect between men and messages about personal health and wellness
From a very young age, boys learn to be tough and strong. Depending on the role model, sometimes these teachings leave little room for the importance of sharing emotions and taking care of oneself. Fast forward several years and in some men this evolves into a tendency to not talk about matters or choosing to adopt a wait-and-see approach to healthcare for themselves.
Good Health is not a One-and-Done
Staying healthy requires a year-round commitment to good nutrition, exercise and not letting so-called “small” problems become bigger issues. This includes creating a daily awareness of how the body is treated through exercise, eating, sleep and stress management. Although it might be tempting to fit in many of these changes over a weekend, too many changes such as an unaccustomed increase in exercise can cause problems that are just as detrimental as getting too little movement or exercise.
Known as the weekend warriors, these all-or-nothing occasional athletes attempt to make up for a lack of exercise by cramming everything in to one or two days over the weekend. While this sounds efficient, it quickly loses effectiveness if the body is not ready to take on the stresses of extreme movement.
Long periods of inactivity create imbalance and shortening in the muscles and ligaments. Because of this, the body lacks the flexibility and smoothness for quick movements and flexibility required for safely playing sports. As a result, a quick or unanticipated change in movement could result in a sprained ankle, pulled hamstring, or broken bone, which can result in time on the bench until things heal.
Men’s Health is a Family Issue
Although the roles played by males and females continue to evolve, particularly when it comes to being a caregiver or provider, men still tend to be reluctant to be proactive about health matters and in general make fewer visits to healthcare providers than women do. In the case of a serious health problem, this can become a detriment to the individual and their family. In an effort to provide awareness and encourage early detection and disease treatment, June is designated as Men’s Health Month.
At Summit Medical Center we believe taking care of yourself is the best and most important step in being able to care for others. This includes acknowledging and making time for evolving health and wellness needs. Summit Medical Center offers a range of general surgery services from patching up and mending the sprains, breaks and worn-out joints of weekend warriors to offering hernia repair, gall bladder removal and appendectomies.
Summit Medical Center serves the Casper, Wyoming, area with cost-competitive, high-quality medical care and superior patient service. We’re dedicated to changing the way healthcare is delivered in Casper and beyond.