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Health Beat: Deborah Bobbitt

Deborah Bobbitt, D.C. (top), doing an adjustment on Maqueda Noorhassan.Deborah Bobbitt, doctor of chiropractics at West End Chiropractic, suggests people add chiropractic care to their health care regimen on a regular basis. Chiropractic care can begin at birth and continue into later years when degeneration of the vertebrae, also known as arthritis, occurs.

According to the Webster’s New World College Dictionary, chiropractics is the science and art of restoring or maintaining health practiced by a licensed professional based on the theory that disease is caused by interference with nerve function, and employing manipulation of the body joints especially of the spine to restore normal nerve function.

Bobbitt said a local man who is legally blind came to her for lower back pain and she adjusted his neck and vertebrae where the optic nerves stem from and in one week his vision started to come back a bit.

Bobbitt says some births are traumatic with delivery involving turning, twisting and pulling of the baby. She added some adult problems may have stemmed from that trauma. Bobbitt said children who have chiropractics done are never afraid of the procedures compared to a doctors office and getting shots. “They love it and they jump right up on the table,” Bobbitt says.

New patients are given a tour of the facility and briefed on the equipment used for treatments. Before treatment begins the patient is given a five -part exam.

First, Bobbitt has people stand in front of a mirror with grid lines and an outline is drawn of the patient’s posture. Next, Bobbitt palpates the different levels of the vertebrae and feels for pinched nerves. She says people definitely let her know when she presses on a pinched nerve. She does a neurological, muscular and inflammation exam. She does state-of- the art, digital x rays when needed. Then she determines and customizes the treatment necessary for each patient. “We have a good time here while healing,” Bobbitt says. “Nobody said healing has to be heavy.”

Bobbitt said, initially, treatment is intensive to help the patient get pain relief and to adjust the spine. Next is rehabilitative care restoring as much function as possible and getting back to normal. And then there is wellness care and maintenance.

“We ask patients to do certain things in treatment,” Bobbitt says. “And if they comply with that treatment we’ll see results. It is important ,when a doctor tells you something, you do it.” She explained everyone heals at a different pace. If people are in shape and have the right mental attitude generally healing takes less time.

“Chiropractic treatment should be what a patient tries first,” Bobbitt says. “And surgery should be the last resort.”

Bobbitt has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and she has her doctorate in chiropractics from Life University in Marietta, Ga. She said she honeymooned on St. Croix and fell in love with the island and the local people. She moved from Fairfax, Va., six years ago and opened West End Chiropractic.

Bobbitt who has been practicing for 21 years said she knew she was going to be a chiropractor when she helped her mother regain hearing after an adjustment in the vertebrae from which the auditory nerves stem.

Bobbitt says people do not need a physician’s referral to make an appointment. Call 772-2225 for more about chiropractics or to make an appointment. The office is located on the Queen Mary Highway in Estate Whim.

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