By: Stephanie Anaya
Since we live in Utah, a good number of us take part in activities that involve falling, such as skiing/snowboarding, cycling, rock climbing, trail running, and even just walking on the sidewalks during winter. Even the most minor falls can cause misalignments, or subluxations, and a lot of times we don’t even realize that our body is out of alignment.
I started having Dr. Cerami adjust me when I began to have pain in my hip during my runs. It seems that with my regular routine of doing any of the above activities, I forget if I’ve fallen or landed awkwardly. However, I am always reminded of the most minor tweaks when I get on the adjustment table. Whether it’s my collar bone, my back, or my hip, Dr. Cerami always finds subluxations after I’ve gotten carried away with my chosen activity the previous week.
I remember one day this summer, I was mountain biking slowly and tipped over onto a bush. I laughed it off and forgot about it until I had an adjustment a few days later. Dr. Cerami noticed that my collar bone was misaligned and I thought, “that’s weird, what was I doing?” and then remembered that I had landed on that shoulder on my ride. I’m telling you, nothing gets by him! Just last week, I had another adjustment and I had taken a fall or two over the weekend while snowboarding- and these aren’t crazy falls, either. Sure enough, I had forgotten about it and he noticed my hips were off, a week after being adjusted. Oh yeah… I got a little squirrely with my riding and took a tumble.
I think of two things going on here- (1) you can try to hide your “problems” from Dr. Cerami, but he will find them and (2) we need to get adjusted after every fall, or at least regularly. Why do you think we should get adjusted after every fall? Because we don’t want those little, unnoticeable tweaks to build up and turn into something bigger.
The iceberg can be used as an analogy to letting things build up. We only notice the part of the iceberg that is above water and fail to see the base of it, underneath the water. If we keep it from building above the water, we never see it fully develop. If we wait until we start noticing aches and pains, we’ve gone from being proactive to being reactive and it will take more time and visits to feel “normal” than if we just spent 10 minutes getting adjusted.
This isn’t to say that some of us are fragile or wimpy. Let’s take Subaru’s for example. Again, we live in Utah, and the Subaru might as well be the state car. Subaru’s are notorious for guzzling oil and if we don’t regularly check the oil and it gets too low, we could cause serious damage to the car. We wouldn’t notice any signs unless our car’s oil light displays. We could go on living this way, but it’s less stressful, mentally and physically, on our bodies and/or cars if we just take the time to be proactive. So, get your adjustments and oil changed at their recommended schedules and it will be smooth sailing!