In his soothing, bright and airy office, Dr. Vincent Joseph delivers drug-free pain relief. After more than 30 years in Oyster Point, Joseph’s practice opened this additional location in April 2018. Boldly colored nautical paintings by Joseph’s wife, Terry, decorate the walls and invite patients to come in and relax. The coffee and cookies in the waiting room are not specific pain relief tools in Joseph’s toolbox, but they do not hurt either.
Joseph says, “I have lots of tools in my toolbox. I grab the right tool—the right kind of treatment—for each patient. It could be chiropractic or it could be acupuncture or dry needling. It might be adjustments and manipulation or electrical muscle stimulation or cryotherapy. Whether it’s neck or low back pain, headaches or work-related shoulder pain, there is a drug-free solution. Drugs and prescriptions are like bandages treating symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem. I do traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese have been doing it for 5,000 years and I follow their protocols. We are doing a lot more acupuncture these days and practice 12 different chiropractic techniques.”
Joseph continues, “We realize there is more focus on drug-free pain relief because of the opioid crisis. I am part of the Bon Secours hospital group and work on their Quality Medical Affairs Committee. One of our subcommittees focuses on opioid issues. I read a study that patients in chiropractic care are 50 percent less likely to have opioid issues.”
“New patients should plan on seeing results after the first four treatments,” Joseph says, “but one of my favorite cases involved a patient who was told for seven years that Bell’s Palsy had permanently damaged the right side of his face. He became fully functioning and got his smile back after only two treatments. I love it when people call me and cancel appointments because their problem has cleared up.
“But I remind them that they don’t go to the dentist and then quit brushing their teeth because they went. I love motivating my patients to continue to do their exercises and stretching and to maintain their posture,” Joseph says.
Joseph notes that he has a rehab room inside this new location. He has more time and space to spend with each patient, and patients will find more parking spaces than at his Oyster Point location. And speaking of that parking lot…
Joseph blames his mother who indulged his childhood love for Hot Wheels toy cars. Today, the shiny bright red car in the parking lot attests to the adult Joseph’s being a car enthusiast. “I also love being out on the water — on boats or on a jet ski. And I love taking photographs of sunsets. Lots of sunsets,” he adds as he scrolls through many stunning examples in his smart phone.
Joseph also says that for the past 19 years, he has spent some of his practice time working with the athletic trainers and student athletes at Christopher Newport University (CNU). He continues, “I like hanging out at CNU, treating students but also mentoring them. I love their energy with their whole future in front of them. CNU is a place that is so focused on the mission of giving students a life of significance. Surround yourself with people like that and become like that. I hope they are spilling into me.”
With a college-aged son and a daughter who is finishing her doctorate in psychology, Joseph and his daughter did some missions work in Guyana and worked with orphanages in Honduras. Joseph shows a small souvenir dugout canoe from one of those trips and tells a story of how he had been riding in such a canoe — lazily dragging his hand across the water — until shortly after, he met someone who had been bitten by a piranha. He kept his hands inside the canoe on the return trip — also a drug-free solution.
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Rebound Chiropractic and Acupuncture
Address: 12103 Jefferson Ave., Ste. A, Newport News, VA 23606
Contact: Dr. Vincent Joseph
Business: Chiropractic and acupuncture