Dr. Charles O'Dea just recently retired from his chiropractic practice after serving Suffolk for 38 years. His last workday was on Oct. 29.
O'Dea helped patients with low pain in the back, mid back pain, sciatica, headaches and acupuncture. He did his finest to keep clients from requiring surgical treatment by capturing and fixing problems before they aggravated.
Before concerning Suffolk, O'Dea practiced at Wright Chiropractic Clinic in Norfolk for 3 years. There, he had patients asking him to come to Suffolk. That is when he opened Compass Physical Therapy and Chiropractic at 416 Market St.
“There was a space of around eight years where Suffolk didn't have a chiropractic doctor,” said O'Dea. “In August of 1982, I had my first patient at my place on Market Street and existed since.”
O'Dea had an interest in chiropractic practice after seeing his sister's and mom's positive outcomes after visiting their chiropractic practitioner. Physicians were informing his sister that she needed metal rods put in to fix her back. After consulting with a chiropractic doctor, his sister was able to pass her physical and sign up with the Navy with no surgical treatment.
“Why put metal rods in someone's back when conservative care can fix it?” asked O'Dea. “Traditional healthcare generally refers to surgery and medication when it's not constantly needed. How I see it is that physical problems require physical services and chemical problems need chemical services.”
While working as a medical technologist, O'Dea's mother motivated him to look into chiropractic college. He ended up participating in Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, and ended up being certified to practice in both Virginia and Texas. Ever since, he let his Texas license go however plans to keep his one in Virginia to do fill-in work when he can.
Throughout the years, O'Dea has actually had numerous success stories. One was dealing with a 5-month-old with neck convulsions. The child was initially treated with valium, but after O'Dea gently worked with her to straighten her spinal column, she came right out of it.
“She had an unalignment that the medical professionals simply deemed unimportant,” stated O'Dea. “The spine in the body is like a doorpost. If it isn't lined up right, it's not going to work properly. The same chooses our bodies.”
Being a member of Main Street Methodist Church, O'Dea had the possibility to go on 20 objective journeys to help people around the globe with his services. His most recent journey remained in February to
Honduras with Friends of Barnabas. This company concentrates on the health of rural areas of Honduras, and O'Dea was their very first chiropractic doctor. He shipped out a portable adjustments table and assisted the locals with changes, trigger points, headaches and neck and neck and back pain.
“It was effectively gotten,” stated O'Dea.
O'Dea has actually also checked out Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Mexico, El Salvador and multiple trips to Chile.
Now that he is retired, O'Dea has time for his many hobbies and clubs. He has been a member of the Kiwanis considering that 1986 and attends their conferences every Monday night at Plaza Azteca. He's also a proud member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and still owns his first vehicle, a 1969 Mustang Fastback, in addition to a 1956 Super 88 Oldsmobile.
He likewise takes pleasure in paragliding, diving, snow snowboarding, and hangs out as a language tutor and has a private pilot license. He likewise rode his bike for charity and participated in a flight for numerous sclerosis for 10 years. O'Dea also enjoys to ride his motorbike and has taken a trip to Texas, Florida and Quebec from Virginia.
“I am a substantial proponent for workout, stretching and nutrition,” said O'Dea.