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MASSENA - William A. Orlando, a Massena chiropractor, says he enjoys professional wrestling.

But, when TNA Impact stars come to Massena, as they will again on April 19 at the Massena Arena, Mr. Orlando doesn’t have much time to watch the show.

That’s because he’s busy behind the scenes, providing adjustments to the wrestlers.

It’s a service he provided in 2011, the last time the wrestlers were here, and it’s one that he’ll be providing again on April 19.

“The first time they came (to Massena) out at the mall I found out that day,” Mr. Orlando said.

He didn’t have an opportunity to provide his services to the wrestlers that time, but Mr. Orlando was able to talk with a TNA representative to let him know he was available in the future for any wrestler who wanted to get the kinks out of his or her body.

When the wrestlers returned to Massena in 2011, Mr. Orlando was there with his table near the Massena Arena’s locker room.

“The last time I brought the table up and adjusted four or five or them. I was in the back with the table and anybody who wanted to get adjusted came over. Whoever is interested comes over and gets adjusted,” he said.

“Sometimes I spend 15 minutes with them. Sometimes it’s a quick four- or five-minute adjustment,” he added.

Mr. Orlando said the wrestlers take their share of bumps and bruises with their acrobatic leaps and falls, all in the name of entertainment for the fans.

“That is nothing but metal strapping with 2 by 6’s laying on top of it. They’re landing on a hard surface. People think it’s just canvas, but it’s 2 by 6’s, so they definitely take a beating. They’re hellacious athletes,” he said.

His work might involve working on areas of pain, such as the knees, or realigning the spine.

“The vertebrae get stuck out of their normal position, which causes people to have pain or restricted motion. Anywhere where there’s an articulation or joint, the chiropractor can adjust it to try and realign it and restore the normal ranges of motion,” Mr. Orlando said.

“They’re taking a beating. They come out hurt,” he said of the wrestlers. “I adjusted one of them afterward. He was hurting.”

The process includes not only the treatment, but also talking to the wrestlers to find out where their pains are located.

“They’ll tell me. I certainly ask them what’s going on and get a brief history from them,” such as serious accidents, injuries or falls, he said.

While Mr. Orlando provides care for some of the wrestlers, others prepare for their matches on their own, just as any athlete would do before taking to the field. Some also have their own chiropractors outside of Massena.

“A lot of them tell me they have a chiropractor here, a chiropractor there. A lot of them are stretching on their own for an hour. They are true consummate athletes,” he said.

Because he’s back tending to the wrestlers, Mr. Orlando misses much of the in-ring action. But he said he doesn’t mind.

“It’s just as fun being back there with them and hearing them talk. It’s fun sitting out back and telling them stuff,” he said.

Mr. Orlando is a 1992 graduate of Life University in Atlanta, which provides undergraduate, graduate and doctor of chiropractic programs, and he has been in Massena for 19 years. He said he has always had an interest in professional wrestling dating back to his childhood days.

“It’s been since I was a little kid watching with my grandfather at midnight on Saturday nights - Bruno Sammartino and all the old guys. They’re true athletes,” he said.

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