THE COMPLEXITIES OF MEN
Men’s health is a complex and rarely spoken about topic. It encompasses not just disease or absence of, but the complete state of physical, mental and social well being as experienced by men. Balance Health aims to break down the barriers that men face in managing their health care and enable men to create an environment where health is a priority, which will be passed on through the generations.
MEN LIVE SHORTER LIVES THAN WOMEN
Did you know men live on average 4-6 years less than women? Men are more likely to commit suicide, suffer from heart disease, die of cancer and have major accidents. Some of these issues are a result of the Y chromosome, such as prostate and testicular cancer, however many men’s health issues are controllable through lifestyle choices.
RISK TAKING BEHAVIOR WORSEN HEALTH OUTCOMES
From a young age males experiment with risk taking behavior more so than females. Risk taking behavior is tied in closely with a societal view of masculinity. Men will play rougher, drive faster, lift heavier and choose to wait longer seeking help if any issues arise. It is a natural progression for men to downplay or ignore health care management, and wait until a catastrophic event occurs before taking action!
Change the construct of masculinity so our children and those to follow will have a new normality. Make your health a priority and you won't regret it!
DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE! Seek help if you need it.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a referral to see a Physiotherapist?
No. Physiotherapists are Primary Health Care Practitioners. You only need a referral if you qualify to receive extra funding under the Enhance Primary Care program through Medicare or Veterans Affairs.
I am having a prostatectomy. When is the best time to visit a Physiotherapist?
The ideal time to visit a Physiotherapist is 6 weeks prior to your surgery. Evidence shows that you will have a much quicker return of bladder control and erectile function following your surgery if you begin pelvic floor strengthening prior to the surgery.
What should I expect from my Physiotherapy session?
Kara Cassells is trained in perineal assessment of the Male Pelvic floor using Real Time Ultrasound. She will take a detailed verbal assessment regarding your current condition and work out what you feel your main problems are. If you are due to have prostatectomy or suffering with any form of incontinence Kara can assess the quality of your pelvic floor contraction to see if that is part of your problem or to ensure it is working correctly prior to your surgery. This involves placing an ultrasound head on the perineum. You can leave your underwear on for this procedure. It is the most effective way to ensure a correct contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.