“Sobadores” are traditional chiropractors with no formal training who use a mix of massage and faith to cure everything from sore backs to bad knees. Most of their clients are Mexican laborers in the U.S. who can’t afford formal physical therapy or simply don’t trust U.S. doctors. Their expertise is handed down from generation to generation.

Most of their Mexican laborer clients can’t afford medical care or traditional physical therapy. Or, they simply don’t trust U.S. doctors. Despite tighter border security and crackdowns on illegal immigration, sobadores say business remains steady because most of their clients work legally in the United States.

–The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY, March 23