The X Brace was originally designed to treat our youngest and smallest athletes. We saw a need and wanted to make a difference. As time moved on we realized that we could help a much wider group of people and today our brace is being worn by everyone from the wild and carefree as young as 8 and the wise and grounded as old as 80.
This month we want to dial in our focus a bit and talk about the adult men in our lives. November is that time of year when you start to notice that many of the faces that we love and care about are starting to be covered by the dark shadow of facial hair. Now, I’m sure that for some of those men it is either an excuse to get a little more sleep in the morning, or they’re hunting aficionados or maybe it is just a “gotta stay warm during the cold weather” thing but growing facial hair in November is also a symbol of something much more important.
In 2003, over a quiet beer in Melbourne, Australia, an idea was born. Could 2 friends bring back the out of style mustache? Result: Not So Much. Thirty brave men had jumped on the band wagon but that was pretty much it – 30 brave men with 30 crazy mustaches. However, in 2004, they decided to take their original idea of bringing back the mustache and give that ever-growing mustache a voice of its very own. This conversation about a mustache would benefit an incredibly important men’s health issue, prostate cancer. Long story short, the Movember Foundation has funded more than 1200 men’s health projects since 2003 and raised over $710 million dollars. They have also inspired a movement that makes growing facial hair in November a reminder that cancer affects us all and we all need to be doing what we can to support the cause for a cure!
So, let’s take a few minutes and talk about the cancers that affect men specifically, the tests that no one wants to discuss except perhaps while joking and the self-exam that men don’t want to talk about and, often times, don’t know how to do.
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer and one of the leading causes of cancer death among men. The good news is that there are things you can do to lower your risk and early detection is key! Yes, we’re talking about the Digital Rectal Exam and the PSA blood test. It’s necessary, not nearly as scary as you think, and you’ll be saving a life…..yours!
Testicular Cancer is the most common form of cancer in men 15-35 and one of the most treatable cancers IF CAUGHT EARLY. Monthly self-exam is so important and yes, if you need the reminder, there’s an app for that! It is easy and fast and it could save your life.
I think it can be safely said that taking your own health into your own hands (no pun intended) is critical when it comes to early detection and treatment of some of the scarier ailments in life. You have the info now all you need to do is call your doc, make an appointment and set that monthly reminder on your smart phone. Once you’ve done the hard stuff then maintaining that balance between doing what you love and doing what will help you live a long, love filled life is going to be a piece of cake. Team X and The X Brace believe that getting out there and moving your body in pretty much any way that you want is a key ingredient for longevity and certainly for good mobility as we age. We recommend that you follow a protocol of massage, stretch and ice along with wearing The X Brace to keep those feet and the muscles that support them in great shape. Remember, it’s your feet that support your entire body and if you keep that body moving and working then you’re going to be better equipped at keeping other health issues like heart disease, stroke & diabetes in your rearview mirror.
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