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 patients with low back pain, mid back pain, sciatica, headaches and acupuncture. He did his best to keep clients from needing surgical treatment by catching and repairing problems before they intensified.
Prior to pertaining to Suffolk, O'Dea practiced at Wright Chiropractic Clinic in Norfolk for three 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 chiropractic specialist,” said O'Dea. “In August of 1982, I had my first patient at my place on Market Street and was there since.”
O'Dea was interested in chiropractic practice after seeing his sis's and mother's favorable outcomes after visiting their chiropractic specialist. Physicians were informing his sister that she needed metal rods put in to repair her back. After meeting with a chiropractic doctor, his sibling was able to pass her physical and join the Navy with no surgery.
“Why put metal rods in someone's back when conservative care can fix it?” asked O'Dea. “Traditional medical care usually describes surgery and medication when it's not constantly required. How I see it is that physical issues require physical options and chemical problems require chemical options.”
While working as a medical technologist, O'Dea's mom motivated him to look into chiropractic college. He ended up attending Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, and became 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 lots of success stories. One was treating a 5-month-old with neck spasms. The infant was initially treated with valium, but after O'Dea carefully dealt with her to realign her spinal column, she came right out of it.
“She had an unalignment that the physicians simply deemed unimportant,” said 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 same goes for our bodies.”
Being a member of Main Street Methodist Church, O'Dea had the chance to go on 20 objective journeys to assist individuals around the globe with his services. His most recent trip 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 first chiropractic practitioner. He shipped a portable adjustments table and helped the residents with adjustments, trigger points, headaches and neck and pain in the back.
“It was effectively received,” stated O'Dea.
O'Dea has actually also visited Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Mexico, El Salvador and several journeys to Chile.
Now that he is retired, O'Dea has time for his numerous hobbies and clubs. He has actually been a member of the Kiwanis since 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 first car, a 1969 Mustang Fastback, along with a 1956 Super 88 Oldsmobile.
He likewise delights in paragliding, scuba diving, snow snowboarding, and spends time as a language tutor and has a personal pilot license. He likewise rode his bike for charity and took part in a ride for numerous sclerosis for 10 years. O'Dea likewise loves to ride his motorcycle and has traveled to Texas, Florida and Quebec from Virginia.
“I am a huge supporter for exercise, extending and nutrition,” said O'Dea.