Travel tips for smooth sailing
With summer break quickly approaching, vacations and their grueling car and plane rides are on the horizon. However, you and your family can arrive at your destination feeling comfortable and relaxed with a few tips.
- Take frequent breaks: While you may not make it to the beach in record timing, you will thank yourself later. You could stretch and walk around while you stop to fill up the gas tank, grab a healthy meal or let the kids play at a park. When your pilot allows, walk up and down the aisle. Do not allow yourself to lock up.
- Focus on your posture: With seemingly endless hours of riding, it can be easy to slouch. Maintain an ergonomic posture without slouching your shoulders. On planes, use your armrests to position yourself upright.
- Utilize cruise control: Not only can cruise improve your gas mileage, it can improve your health. It allows more freedom for your lower half to relax as opposed to having stiff legs for hours upon hours.
- Adjust your seat and steering wheel: While it is easier to allow the owner of the car to keep his adjustments, being scrunched is neither healthy nor safe. At each rest stop, fine tune the position of the seat and steering wheel for the most comfort for each driver. If the passenger behind you allows, recline your seat.
- Buy a travel pillow: Do not use your luggage or car door as a pillow. Make sure your neck stays relaxed as you also relax. A travel pillow will keep you aligned.
As always, check with your PT for any questions or concerns.
Men's health month brings awareness
June celebrates the 21st
anniversary of men’s health month. It was created as an initiative to better men’s health in hopes of promoting a better quality of life. Prostate cancer awareness and detection is one of the most prominent aspects of this initiative.
Half of all men are diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes. Furthermore, a sixth are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second most common cancer for men.
The men that are the most at risk are of advanced age, African-American descent, and those with a family history of the cancer. Men with a father, son, or brother who were diagnosed are two to three times more likely to have the cancer. Those with African ancestry have nearly double the mortality rate than any other group.
Diagnosis can start as early as 35 years of age. In 2013, nearly 239,000 men were projected to be diagnosed and 30,000 deceased from cancer. However, prostate cancer rates have declines since the 1990’s.
For early detection, preform monthly self-evaluations to assess for lumps. As always, check with your health care providers for proper screenings.
Physical therapy can reduce incontinence in men
Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death among men. Sometimes, a prostatectomy surgery is the solution to removing the cancer. Unfortunately, the surgery can lead to incontinence for many men. While some leaking is normal during the first few weeks of the healing process, many men experience it for months after.
Prostatectomies alter the tissues that allow for urinary continence. Consequently, the pelvic floor muscles, PFM, at the base of the pelvis take over. They can either be very weak, too tight, or be uncoordinated, causing leakage.
However, physical therapy has proven successful to resolving incontinence.
First, the therapist will evaluate the functions of the PFM. Flexibility, mobility, and strength will first be assessed by a manual intrarectal exam. Also, biofeedback allows the therapist to measure strength, endurance and resting tone. Altogether, physical therapy for incontinence involves manual therapy, biofeedback, and strength and coordination training.
The time of needed re-education of the PFM can significantly shorten if treatment is begun soon after the prostatectomy. Contact your local Benchmark Physical Therapy clinic today for further information or to set up an appointment.
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