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Growing up, it was a common thing to seek help from a "huesero" or "sobador." Both are Spanish words used to describe individuals in the Hispanic culture that either give massages, do joint mobilizations, or a combination of both to help patients with pain.

I remember being fascinated by their work and would be eager to see what they did and how they did it.

On one occasion, I asked what it took to do this kind of work and the response was: "You have to be born with the gift to do this kind of work." As a little kid, I remember believing exactly what was being said.

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