MICHELE COBB, D.C.
Dr. Michele Cobb graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 2009, after completing her undergraduate studies at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
While originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania (home of the Little League World Series), Dr. Cobb moved to the Houston area at the age of 10. She decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic care after shadowing a Chiropractor during her undergraduate studies. She enjoyed the experience so much that she started working at the office a mere four days later. Dr. Cobb worked at an office in Sugar Land, Texas for six years as a chiropractic assistant while attending school. Upon graduation from Texas Chiropractic College, she became an Associate Chiropractor and Co-Director of a clinic that specialized in Cervical and Lumbar Decompression, including disc herniations and rehabilitation. She moved from the Sugar Land area to a new office in The Heights, where she worked for over two years.
After working as an Associate Doctor for more than five years, Dr. Cobb moved to Beaumont to fulfill her dream of opening her own practice, Cobb Family Chiropractic. Dr. Cobb is certified in the Webster Technique. She specializes in family practice, injuries, disc problems, and wellness care. She lives in Evadale, Texas with her husband Luke and daughter McKenna “MAC.”
Dr. Cobb is a member of Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Referral Group, The Rotary Club of Beaumont and Better Business Bureau. She serves as a board of director for SE Texas BBB.
HOW LONG HAS CHIROPRACTIC BEEN AROUND?
Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.
WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that Doctors of chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors have the training to treat a variety of non-neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as: allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (non-supportive) and other disorders as new research is developed.
WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION DOES MY DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC HAVE?
Doctors of chiropractic must complete three to four years at an accredited chiropractic college. The complete curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Approximately 555 hours are devoted to learning about adjustive techniques and spinal analysis in colleges of chiropractic. The Council on Chiropractic Education requires that students have a minimum of 90 hours of undergraduate courses with science as the focus prior to attending an accredited chiropractic college.
Doctors of chiropractic must also pass the national board exam and all exams required by the state in which the individual wishes to practice. The individual must also meet all individual state licensing requirements.
An individual studying to become a doctor of chiropractic receives an education in both the basic and clinical sciences and in related health subjects. The intention of the basic chiropractic curriculum is to provide an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. The educational program includes training in the basic medical sciences, including anatomy with human dissection, physiology, and biochemistry. Thorough training is also obtained in differential diagnosis, radiology and therapeutic techniques. This means, a doctor of chiropractic can both diagnose and treat patients, which separates them from non-physician status providers, like physical therapists. According to the Council on Chiropractic Education DCs are trained as Primary care Providers.