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Curing your lower back problems in 1893 Phoenix, Arizona


Like most of the people I've known in a longish life, I've had lower back problems, sometimes severe. It's because of my race, of course, the human race. I have met one or two people in my life who haven't suffered any lower back pain, but I just stare at them as if they're from another planet. And I think I've tried everything - physical therapy, back braces, you name it. And as a time-traveler, I've lately been wondering what I would have done in old-time Phoenix. Come along with me.

It's 1893, and everyone is excited about the new applications of this thing called "electricity". I'm a progressive thinker, an early adopter, so I'm going to give it a try. I saw an ad in the Phoenix newspaper for the "Electric Belt"!

I know a lot of people who don't trust the new technology. In fact, most of the people I know wouldn't ever get near electricity. It's a very powerful invisible force, and I understand that it can kill. I read about a horse being killed by electricity. So I don't blame people for staying away.

But I'm too young to be walking around like this. My back hurts so much that I can hardly sleep. And I'm at risk of losing my job at the Livery Stable. And riding a horse, which used to be my favorite thing in the whole world, is just too painful for me to do anymore. The wife hasn't complained about me, but I see the worry in her eyes. I'm desperate. I'm going to write to Dr. Sanden in Denver. I need that Electro-Magnetic Suspensory!

It's only been a few days, but it's arrived! Amazing the difference having train service to Phoenix makes, which has been here since '87! My Electric Belt is here!

Ouch! How do you adjust this thing?

The image at the top of this post is from the Library of Congress https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020558/1893-05-17/ed-1/seq-8.pdf

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