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Below is what somebody wrote about Dr. Art in the newsletter of a local bicycle club. It is used by permission of the author and is taken from an article entitled, Crack!

A warm light from within, contrasts the cool air spilling from the open refrigerator door. I stand dumbfounded, surrounded by a soft glow. All is quiet except for the hum of my father’s giant clock across the room. Years ago it hung above the door of his restaurant—simply called "The Truck Stop." Now its neon glow of red, green and white spreads out from the 1930’s dial and fills the room like Christmas. I am hovering on a strange and uneasy feeling. Something significant has happened. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

I had merely reached down into the bottom drawer and pulled out an apple. Why so strange? What is wrong? I review the scene.

An open door. A quiet room and suffused light. A quick reach down, then an apple in my hand.

In a rush it comes to me!

What is so wildly odd about this event is the mere fact that I could so easily reach down and pluck up an apple. It has been two years or more since I have been able to do that without having to first strategize the approach.

I always had to decide where my left hand will rest, the exact spot to place my left then my right foot, then negotiate a careful and slight lean over to the right to make a final plunge into the sharp pain of my lower back in order to snare an apple in my right hand and immediately bolt upright back out of the pain. Each detail of the movement has developed slowly over time, almost unknowingly, piece by piece. One strategic detail added to another until the full dance is performed without so much as a thought.

Now all of a sudden the pain is gone, and its absence is overwhelming.

Over the previous two years the pain had become increasingly routine and subliminal. Eventually I was standing like a scribbled “C,” and my wife pointed it out and made me get some help. A little over a week ago I was on Dr. Art’s chiropractic couch. After careful consideration of my complaint and looking at my posture, he made some careful, feathery light preliminary adjustments. Then he gently placed my knee in a precise location over my chest, made a quick push resulting in a small crunch of release. After that a slightly stronger bounce and…

CRACK! My sacral joint popped open like a clam. The pain drained out of my back just like that.

What a relief.

Afterwards, not quite a week later, with the help of stretching exercises and another adjustment; the results were slowly becoming firm and lasting. Now I can reach over and snag things, close the car door with my foot holding an arm full of bike supplies, movement unencumbered by the necessity of logistics. On getting out of bed every morning, my standard half hour “warm-up,” to bring me past what I’d assumed was an early arriving sign of arthritic old age, was already down to a few minutes…and disappearing. It was as if Dr. Art had snuck into my house (playing White Rabbit to my Alice) and caused everything to grow taller by a few inches. What were significant bends and painful reaches were now laughable parities.

- Bob Fugett

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