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Manly Mo a Healthy Matter | Dr James MacKay

Calling all men, lets change the face of men’s health. Mo-vember is a chance to embrace all that is manly in terms of excessive upper lip facial hair growth with the intention of also changing the face of what it means to be a healthy man.

A quick google search of Australian men’s health statistics shows that as we move from being young men to ‘more experienced’ men the rates of heart

Dr James sporting a great mo for Mo-vember!

disease and digestive system cancers are roughly double to that of our female counterparts. Combined with the climbing male obesity rate it is clear that in general, we as men are making poor food choices. Statistically men are consuming lower quantities of fruit and vegetables than women. I hear blokes refer to vegetables as “rabbit food” to justify not eating them.   Fair enough, not many self-respecting men would like to be thought of as a rabbit, however last time I checked, the muscular king of the jungle, the mighty gorilla, eats exclusively plant food. Bulking up your vegetable intake, coupled with good quality meats is a simple way to keep the waist line down, testosterone high and “performance” up as you age.

A common male health statistic is that men are more likely to have a chronic condition as a result of an injury compared to women. We thrive on taking risks and pushing our bodies to the limit. And while this is important for male mental health, make sure you take care of your body and manage injuries when they almost inevitably arise from the, sometimes dumb, stuff we do to prove masculinity to our fellow men, ourselves or the women we seek approval from. Traumas such as whiplash from car accidents, falls and playing footy can affect the joints of the neck and spine and increase tension within the spinal cord having potentially far reaching affects that aren’t initially evident. Chiropractors are well versed in taking care of the spine, which is important for the rest of your body as it houses the communication network between your brain and body, the spinal cord.

In my day to day practice most of the people I take care of are women, men typically let issues linger for months or years before admitting they need help, seeing it as a sign of weakness. There is nothing weak about taking responsibility for your strong male body by putting in high octane fuel like unprocessed meats and vegetables and keeping your bodily vehicle in tune by getting regular check-ups with one of our great chiropractors and prevent small issues becoming big ones. As you let your mo’ grow this month, make your health a priority and take steps to get in peak condition.

To Your Greatest Health!

Dr James MacKay

Get to know Dr James:
” With the desire to dedicate myself to a career that would be fulfilling each and every day, I chose 
Chiropractic is about helping your body run at its best so you can
heal and 
deal with everything life throws at you.”

Dr James’ passions are Chiropractic, motorbikes, power lifting and most importantly food!

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  1. Liz osborne says
    Nov 02, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Great James ....

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