How do you view the design of your body? Is it meant to gradually lose value and function, a depreciating asset like a car? Or is it something that should be working well at (almost) all times?
Plenty of patients will attribute their issues to age, even when they're in their 30s! Or, even worse, I've had patients answer, "Not yet," to questions about pain or other conditions when we go through their intake. Now, I'm not saying that we should expect to feel and act the same as we did when we were teenagers, but I am saying that with a healthy lifestyle and mindset, you should anticipate that your body will work optimally despite your age.
So, keeping this in mind, what is your train of thought when something happens to your health? If you catch a cold, pull a muscle, feel the effects of stress, etc., do you just say, "Oh well, that's just part of life," or do you take charge and do everything possible to fix the issue? We're not meant to live with pain and fatigue and menstrual cramping and terrible sleep and all of the other health issues that society tells us are normal. We were designed to feel great and accomplish great things because of it. If you don't believe me, I encourage you to think more deeply about why you don't...
All this being said, we'll all feel our best when we eat nutritious meals, stay active, rest, and balance work and fun. When you hit a health roadblock, don't give in to negative thinking but instead do everything in your power to get over it as quickly as possible so your "machine" can start running properly again. Live your life to the fullest and seek professional help - massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc. - if your body isn't cooperating because of an injury, poor choices, or whatever else it's been through up to this point. We often hear amazing stories of men and women who accomplish unheard of things in their "Golden Years" (running a marathon, winning a body-building competition, landing that difficult yoga pose); why can't that be you?
Kathleen Ellerie is a Licensed Acupuncturist and the owner of Beachside Community Acupuncture. She loves providing affordable acupuncture to the residents of Addison, Dallas, and Farmers Branch, Texas, and educating the general public on how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat everything from pain to infertility to stress and beyond. Click "Book Now" at the top of this page to book an appointment or feel free to contact her at (214) 417-2260.