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Envision Your Future

Chiropractic Care and Your Next Ten Years

It is very possible to have a rewarding, fulfilling life when one's health is not good. But most people would agree that good health, or at least improving health, helps to make the road much easier and enjoyable. With good health one has more energy, and with more energy one can do more things.

Chiropractic care addresses various components of good health and helps a person achieve good health from a more holistic perspective. Chiropractic care primarily focuses on the spinal column and nerve system. By improving a person's spinal biomechanics and optimizing their nerve system function, chiropractic improves energy levels throughout the body. Chiropractic care also helps reduce pain, so you can be more active in your everyday life, and get more out of whatever forms of exercise you participate in. Chiropractic care also helps makes rest more efficient, maximizing your body's restorative powers, so you can get more benefit from your time spent sleeping.

The many benefits of chiropractic care assist you in achieving increased levels of health and well-being. Chiropractic care also helps support all your other activities and endeavors as you strive for optimal wellness.

What does the future hold in store for you? None of us can know for certain, although some predictions are possible. Stock market indexes will invariably rise and fall. Then everyone will hope that the indexes will rise again. Hemlines will rise and fall too. Then in a couple of years they'll rise once again.  Change, death and taxes are the only sure things you can count on.

The French have a saying for all this - "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." The more things change, the more they stay the same. Many would agree that in the last ten years, we've collectively experienced more change than ever. It is difficult to even remember life before the internet. Cell phones are now ubiquitous. In the United States an African-American man was elected president. Longstanding dictatorships were toppled in the Middle East.

The next ten years have the possibility of being even more gloriously impactful.1,2,3 Things never remain the same for long. The actress Betty White has reinvigorated her career at age 89. Jeff Bridges won a Best Actor Academy Award at age 61, highlighting a 40-year career. The 2010 Best Original Screenplay Academy Award went to the 73-year-old first-time winner David Seidler.  It's never too late to follow your dreams.

In the next decade, anything is possible. But in order to create a healthier, more satisfying life, we need to change our thinking and move beyond the "same old, same old". Simple changes such as giving up drinking sodas, getting more exercise and limiting fast food can pay big dividends in your health, as will receiving regular chiropractic care.

It is also important to pay attention to your thoughts and notice if you have any that are habitual and negative.  What underlying beliefs support these negative thought patterns?  Our thoughts and beliefs create what we experience, and can have a profound effect on our physical bodies.  If you are expecting to "fall apart" at a particular age, your subconscious mind and your body will almost certainly fulfill that expectation.

There are many people in the public eye who set a great example for remaining youthful and active late in life.  They can be a great source of inspiration as we envision what we want in our own lives.

The old saying, "if it's going to be, it's up to me", remains true today. It's important to make an effort on our own behalf, making choices that will further our growth and development and the growth and development of our loved ones. In doing so, we can create a wonderful next ten years, but we have to envision it first and believe it's possible.

1Fosha D: Positive affects and the transformation of suffering into flourishing. Ann NY Acad Sci 1172:252-262, 20093
2Bunkers SS: A focus on human flourishing. Nurs Sci Q 23(4):290-295, 2010
3Culbertson SS, et al: Feeling good and doing great: the relationship between psychological capital and well-being. J Occup Health Psychol 15(4):412-433, 2010