Healthy Communities Need Healthy Guys, Too!

According to Wikipedia, ‘gynecology’ is defined as “the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system.” There is a male counterpart to this field called Andrology, but, for the purposes of this article, I’d like to talk about ‘GUY-necology.’

GUY-necology is defined (by me) as “the study of why men wait until they are broken before doing something to fix it.”

In my dozen years in the healthcare field, I have noticed that most of my patients are women.  Admittedly, I work as a Massage Therapist, and many guys have hang ups about being touched by another guy (thank you Seinfeld), but I have worked with other healthcare practitioners for most of my career, and have noticed that women just tend to be better at health maintenance.  So I asked myself “why?”

Perhaps we can attest this phenomenon to the early days of man when the men of a tribe went out in search of big game. If you were regularly tackling mammoths and wooly rhinos, you wouldn’t expect to be alive for very long, so obviously self-care was a bit of a waste. Nowadays, the scariest thing in our day is usually our overflowing email inbox, and yet the apathy towards healthcare amongst males continues. Most men usually know more about their car, their computer, or their favorite sports team than they do about their own bodies and how to best take care of them.  Maybe it’s time to bring our healthcare thinking into the 21st century.

To begin, here are a few common health misconceptions that I’d like to clear up:

-Headaches are not a normal part of life

-Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting fatter

-Although fine in moderation, beer should not be used to hydrate

-Many ‘normal aches and pains’ are in fact not normal and can be prevented

So guys, here’s the challenge: build your own team of healthcare providers. Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine all have ways to improve your health and your life, both directly and through education. So take up the challenge because healthy communities need healthy guys and gals!