Dr. Charles O'Dea recently retired from his chiropractic practice after serving Suffolk for 38 years. His last workday was on Oct. 29.
O'Dea assisted clients with low neck and back pain, mid back pain, sciatica, headaches and acupuncture. He did his finest to keep patients from requiring surgical treatment by catching and repairing problems before they worsened.
Prior to pertaining to 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 gap of around eight years where Suffolk didn't have a chiropractor,” stated O'Dea. “In August of 1982, I had my first client at my location on Market Street and existed since.”
O'Dea had an interest in chiropractic practice after seeing his sibling's and mom's positive outcomes after visiting their chiropractic practitioner. Doctors were informing his sibling that she required metal rods put in to fix her back. After meeting a chiropractic doctor, his sis had the ability to pass her physical and sign up with the Navy without any surgical treatment.
“Why put metal rods in somebody's back when conservative care can repair it?” asked O'Dea. “Traditional treatment generally describes surgery and medication when it's not constantly needed. How I see it is that physical problems require physical services and chemical concerns require chemical services.”
While working as a medical technologist, O'Dea's mom motivated him to check out chiropractic college. He ended up participating in Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, and ended up being licensed to practice in both Virginia and Texas. Since then, he let his Texas license go however prepares to keep his one in Virginia to do fill-in work when he can.
Throughout the years, O'Dea has had numerous success stories. One was treating a 5-month-old with neck convulsions. The child was at first treated with valium, however after O'Dea carefully dealt with her to realign her spinal column, she came right out of it.
“She had an unalignment that the medical professionals just deemed unimportant,” stated O'Dea. “The spinal column in the body resembles a doorpost. If it isn't lined up right, it's not going to work effectively. The very same opts for our bodies.”
Being a member of Main Street Methodist Church, O'Dea had the opportunity to go on 20 mission journeys to assist individuals around the world with his services. His newest trip remained in February to
Honduras with Friends of Barnabas. This organization focuses on the health of backwoods of Honduras, and O'Dea was their first chiropractic physician. He shipped out a portable adjustments table and assisted the residents with modifications, trigger points, headaches and neck and back pain.
“It was effectively received,” said O'Dea.
O'Dea has likewise checked out Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Mexico, El Salvador and numerous trips to Chile.
Now that he is retired, O'Dea has time for his many hobbies and clubs. He has actually been a member of the Kiwanis because 1986 and attends their meetings every Monday night at Plaza Azteca. He's also a happy member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and still owns his very first automobile, a 1969 Mustang Fastback, in addition to a 1956 Super 88 Oldsmobile.
He likewise enjoys paragliding, diving, snow skiing, and hangs out as a language tutor and has a private pilot license. He also rode his bike for charity and participated in a trip for numerous sclerosis for 10 years. O'Dea also enjoys to ride his bike and has traveled to Texas, Florida and Quebec from Virginia.
“I am a substantial supporter for workout, extending and nutrition,” stated O'Dea.