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Saito Chiropractic Office
1314 S. King St, #1260
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 593-9992
Fax: (808) 593-9919


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Saito Chiropractic...for the Health of it.

Chiropractic has been around for more than 100 years but many people still don't know what it is or how it helps people. Some of these may be your own questions.

1. What is Chiropractic?
2. What do chiropractors do?
3. Why Chiropractic?
4. When should I see a chiropractor?
5. What influences recovery?
6. Can I see a chiropractor without a referral from a medical doctor?
7. How can I tell if my health plan has coverage for chiropractic services?
8. What conditions are treated by chiropractors?

Auto Accident Injuries Sports Injuries
Work Injuries Headache Pain
Arm and Leg Pain Sciatic Pain
Medicare/Senior Problems Children's Problems
Loss of Joint Function and Movement


What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the primary medical profession that uses holistic and natural techniques of treatment focusing on how the structure of the body affects its function. Any change in the body's structure can affect our ability to perform daily activities and can be the cause of symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
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What do chiropractors do?

A Chiropractor is specially trained to evaluate and treat conditions causing unwanted symptoms of pain, weakness, numbness and tingling.

A chiropractor listens carefully to your problem to determine the cause of your pain and discomfort. Communication with your chiropractor is crucial in your treatment. In this way, the chiropractor can choose the right treatment for you.

A chiropractor does not use drugs and medicines (that often just mask our symptoms) or do any surgery. The chiropractor primarily uses a hands-on method of treatment to restore the body to health and normal function again. Through physical and manual adjustments and skillful manipulations, the doctor will work to reduce pain, improve flexibility and coordination, and stabilize your spine and joints.
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Why chiropractic?

For Expert advice on nerve, muscle, and joint disorders. It might surprise you to know that a chiropractor's training and education focus on these three important elements of the human body, emphasizing proper body function and mechanics. They are his specialty. Seven years of education lay behind his knowledge and expertise. So why have you been going to someone else all these years for problems related to nerves, muscles, and joints?
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If you want a reliable second opinion. With so many health care specialists available today, it's just plain foolish not to take advantage of a second opinion regarding a health problem. And since each specialist is trained to look at the human body in a different way, it makes good sense to get several opinions before making a decision on the best course of treatment for you.
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To stay healthy. Regular checkups and periodic chiropractic treatments can mean the difference between health and suffering. A chiropractor will professionally monitor the state of your health and help you to achieve physical well-being. He is a specialist who is interested in keeping you healthy and functioning at your maximum capacity for as long as possible. How much is better health worth to you? To a chiropractor, your health is priceless.
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When should I see a chiropractor?

Immediately after an accident or injury. The sooner the better!! The most critical period is the first 7 days following an injury. An untreated injury can turn into a chronic or complicated condition within 24-48 hours. The five most dangerous words are: "Maybe it will go away." Why? Because it can cause you to delay getting the appropriate and necessary care in a timely manner. A problem allowed to persist and worsen is more difficult to treat and recovery may not be optimum. After an accident, do the right thing and do it right away.
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When your pain or discomfort is keeping you from doing normal daily activities, including sleep. Pain, tingling, and numbness are your body's ways of letting you know you have a problem. Limited or restricted movement is another sign. You wouldn't think about ignoring a stop sign at an intersection. You should pay equal attention to your body's signs. Without a good night's sleep, your body can't rejuvenate and regenerate, and this situation can lead to more serious problems later on.
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During periods of stress and fatigue. When your body is strong, it can resist infections, digest food properly, perform daily activities with energy and coordination, handle emotional and psychological situations, and avoid accidents and injuries. On the other hand, not getting enough rest, worrying excessively, harboring anger, and eating poorly can leave you vulnerable to illness and injury. At times like these, it's good to know that a chiropractor is able to help your body regain its strength and vitality with simple treatments and appropriate advice concerning the maintenance of your overall health.
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When experiencing a condition you can't explain. Here's a short list of symptoms and signs that indicate a visit to a chiropractor is in order: dizziness, frequent or severe headaches, loss of coordination, low levels of energy, numbness, tingling, cold extremities (arms, legs, fingers, toes), dull achy pain while sitting, sharp stabbing pain when moving, muscle cramps, frequent colds, swollen and/or restricted joint movements. Chiropractors can help resolve many of these problems. If you have any of these symptoms, consult a chiropractor today (tomorrow at the latest).
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When you notice joint stiffness, creaking, or pain. Don't let stiff joints keep you from doing the things you used to be able to do. If a joint is creaking and it didn't creak before, something has changed in that joint. A chiropractor can tell you if the situation is correctable. Pain in a joint is worth checking out because your body doesn't send out signals like pain without good reason. Many joint problems are preventable if treated early.
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Before starting any exercise program. All of our bodies are different, with different strengths and weaknesses. Exercises that are good for someone else may not be good for you. A chiropractor is specially trained to identify those areas of your body which may require special care during exercises so that injuries don't occur. You should gradually build up to rigorous exercises over a course of time. Once an injury occurs, we all know it can restrict a good part of a good exercise program. To continue exercising healthfully, consult a chiropractor.
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At the first sign of illness. The best way to help your body overcome sickness and disease is to give it the strength it needs to battle illness. Chiropractic adjustments are painless, specific, and biomechanically scientific. They restore proper nerve transmission to all parts of the body. They are the lifeline of energy your body needs to achieve optimum strength and therefore optimum health. Chiropractors work to boost your immune system. Wouldn't you rather be back in action than on your back?
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What influences recovery?

This is a simple and often-asked question. The answer, however, is complex, and based on many factors about YOU. If the doctor hesitates before answering or begins discussing averages and generalities rather than trying to cover all the possible exceptions to "general rule," it's because he has to consider many factors that will help or delay or prevent your full recovery. There are whole textbooks written about each of the subjects below.
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Our intent is to provide a reasonable explanation of what factors influence how long it will take you to recover. For more specific information about when YOU will get better, ask your physician who knows you personally and your particular circumstances. Informing your TEAM of health providers is highly recommended for your overall health.
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Age. In general, younger people heal and recover quicker because their bodies are more robust and cellular activity is more active. A very young person's body is building new tissues all the time and this helps to quickly replace damaged tissues. The bodies of older folks, on the other hand, are more focused on maintenance and management. In general, therefore, younger people can heal and recover more quickly and more completely.
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Physical condition. It matters if your body is in good condition in the first place. Energetic, robust, fit individuals can rely on an active metabolic system to work quickly toward healing and recovery. If your body is working as it is supposed to and you have no medical or mental conditions for which you receive ongoing care, your recovery should be optimal, meaning, as good as it can get.
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On the other hand, if your body is wrestling with an ongoing condition such as heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, or the many other metabolic and endocrine problems that can afflict the human body, recovery will likely take longer and may, in the end, be imperfect, leaving you with ongoing residual problems that never resolve.
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Additionally, if you are an alcoholic, smoker, or workaholic, or if you suffer from anxiety, depression, OCD, or other mentally based disorder, your body has a lot to deal with and may be unable to devote the right amount of time to your healing.
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Lifestyle. Is your life so busy you barely have any time to rest? Do you get less than 5 hours of sleep a night? Do you drink alcohol, smoke, do recreational drugs, or participate in risky behaviors? Do you work or play to exhaustion without giving yourself enough time to recuperate? Do you eat fast food a lot, drink sugary beverages, consume more than one cup of coffee a day, skip meals, eat to excess, or stay out all night? Are you frequently depressed, angry, anxious, worried, fearful, frustrated, irritated, vindictive, or paranoid? You could be your own worst enemy by giving your body so much to work on that it can't concentrate on or put enough energy toward healing.
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Occupation. If you have a musculoskeletal condition, working in a physically demanding job will delay your recovery. If you condition requires exercises and stretches but you sit at a computer all day at work, then spent more time on the computer at home, you can expect your problem to continue longer than necessary. Our advice is to follow your doctor's instructions to the letter if you want to speed your recovery, even if it means taking time off work or staying away from the computer for a while. Because your doctor knows you, he or she will give you their best advice. Follow it.
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Non-occupational activities. People are injured all the time playing sports, exercising in the gym, driving a car, falling down stairs, lifting something that's too heavy, and even while doing normal daily activities. Consult a doctor right away. Try non-drug and non-surgical treatments first. Try natural and non-invasive treatments. The fastest route to recovery is seeing the right doctor who understands your condition and provides effective treatment. You may have to give up some activities until you are fully recovered.
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Compliance. A very big key to recovery is following your doctor's recommendations for treatment, follow-through, and home self-care. Compliance with his or her advice will shorten the time you have to spend with your problem.
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Mental Attitude. It is no secret that a good mental attitude about your problem and your treatments will go a long way to helping with recovery. A good mental attitude includes being optimistic, following your treatment recommendations, and doing your best to avoid any exacerbating activities. A good mental attitude will keep you going even at the worst to times and is good "medicine."
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Chronicity. How long you've had your condition matters. Whether you've been suffering with a long-standing problem because you've ignored the warning signs, or have stubbornly resisted getting help, or think that "it will go away", you could be contributing to the chronicity (longevity) of your own condition. This is self-imposed suffering and makes it harder for the doctor to resolve your problem because it has become chronic and ingrained.
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If, on the other hand, your condition is partially due to arthritis or bone and joint deformity or tissue damage, or failed surgery, know that you may not be able to recover as you want to. Some conditions will never resolve completely because of underlying conditions that cannot be reversed no matter what your doctor does.
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Severity of the condition. Some injuries and conditions that result in considerable tissue damage or destruction may lead to permanent dysfunction. Scar tissue, improper healing, inability to restore damaged tissues, and other hindrances make perfect healing impossible. Your doctor should be able to discuss these factors with you.
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Complexity of the condition. Your condition may be complicated by other factors that slow recovery or prevent healing. For example, the treatment of a person with a disc herniation may be complicated by obesity (inability to do proper exercises), a heart or pulmonary condition (preventing cardio-vascular exercise), arthritis (painful joints limiting exercises), osteoporosis, and so on. When trying to heal, all of these peripheral factors need to be considered and dealt with. Some of these factors will prevent complete healing. Anything that prevents you from following the doctor's advice to the letter is a hindrance and an obstruction on your way to recovery.
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Surgeries. Be aware that surgeries can't be reversed. You can't undo a hard-boiled egg. Surgeries cause a permanent change within your body. Some surgeries are necessary and many are not. In either case, having had the surgery, your body is not the same and its ability to respond to future injuries in the same area are handicapped.
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Skill of the doctor. Choosing the right doctor is key. If you go to the wrong doctor, you will get treatments that are not suited to the recovery of your problem. The doctor must know the cause of the problem, the nature of the injury, and the appropriate treatment for the condition. If your spine needs to be realigned, for example, there is no pill that will accomplish that. Relief of pain with medications is not the same thing as resolving the problem. Stepping too quickly toward a surgical solution could change your life, and not necessarily for the better.
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When you have a problem that is interfering with your life and work and leisure activities, consult a doctor. Be prepared to ask the doctor every question you can think of about your condition. A good doctor will take the time to listen and will answer your questions to your satisfaction. Be suspicious of doctors who get annoyed by your questions or refuse to answer them because he doesn't think you'll understand. It's your body. You have a right to know what the doctor knows.
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Treatment program. Once understanding your problem, the doctor will lay out a reasonable treatment plan that includes frequency of office visits, types of treatments, a method for resolving your condition, and anticipated outcomes. The doctor should also give you advice on home self-help so that you participate in your own recovery. The doctor may also recommend modifying your work and leisure activities, as well as recommendations of when and how to do activities of daily living to enhance recovery.
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Type of treatment. It's important to seek the right treatment for your problem. The internet is a good source for understanding your problem and for researching various treatments for it. Depending on the cause and nature of a hip pain, for example, you might consider a medical doctor, a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a physical therapist, a yoga class, gym workouts, or meditation. For neuro-muscular-skeletal conditions (conditions involving nerves, bones, joints, and muscles) start with consulting a chiropractor who is a specialist in such conditions. If your turns out to NOT be a chiropractic condition, the chiropractor will refer you to the right doctor for further care.
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Coordinated care. Sometimes a condition will require the coordinated treatments of two or more specialists. We do not live in an either-or world. We have options. We have choices. Each specialty has something to offer. The best thing is to find the doctors who will work together cooperatively on your condition. This is sometimes called concurrent care.
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Can I see a chiropractor without a referral from a medical doctor?

Yes, most of the time. Chiropractic is a medical specialty and a portal-of-entry healthcare delivery system. You do not need your doctor's permission or referral to see a chiropractor. However, we should explain that, if your health plan stipulates that a referral is necessary from your medical doctor, this has to do with how your health plan pays for chiropractic services. When you have a chiropractic benefit in your health plan, a referral from your primary doctor will result in your plan paying for some or most of your chiropractic visits. If you don't have a health plan, or if you have a health plan without a chiropractic benefit, or if you just opt not to use your health plan, you can see a chiropractor directly and pay for your own visit charges. Referrals are only necessary when a health plan is involved in paying for chiropractic services.
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How can I tell if my health plan has coverage for chiropractic services?

You can call your health plan office by using the phone number on your member card. The person who answers should be able to answer all your questions about access to chiropractic care. They can also tell you how many visits you can have in a year. Or, you can call our office and Jerry will try to find out this information for you if you provide your plan number and ID number. Most chiropractic offices accept health plan payments as well as direct payments from patients.
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What conditions are treated by chiropractors?

Headache. Headaches have many causes, so a good evaluation must first be done. Chiropractic care is very effective with certain causes of headaches. If your headache is due to an accident or injury (even from many years ago), improper sleeping or sitting postures, age and degeneration, overwork and fatigue, or prolonged stress and tension, chiropractic treatment should be your first choice. Without subjecting you to drugs and medications that may have undesirable side effects, chiropractic adjustments are comfortable and effective in reducing and eliminating these headaches. We may also be able to tell you if your headaches are due to food or environmental allergies, or if they have a genetic, hormonal or metabolic cause. In these cases, we can recommend nutritional changes or dietary supplements to support your body functions. Rest, de-stressing or relaxing activities, and exercise can also help you reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.
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Sports injuries. Most sports are physically vigorous. A lot of energy and movement are required to perform well. Many sports involve physical contact with other players. Accidents are common and injuries result. Chiropractors treat sports injuries because restoring optimum health to athletes allows them to continue to do what they enjoy. Injuries to joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves should be treated right away or long-term conditions can result.
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Work injuries. If you suffer an injury as a result of work-related activities, you are entitled under state law to receive appropriate medical treatments, including chiropractic treatments. You should first inform your employer, supervisor, or human resources office of your injury. You will be asked to complete a form describing the injury. The employer is required to tell you what your rights are for seeking treatments. You can see the medical doctor or chiropractor of your choice. Your employer cannot require you to see a doctor that they choose for you. If you decide to seek chiropractic treatments, the chiropractor's office will help you with all the medical and legal matters of your case. Work injuries can be the result of a sudden incident or accident such as slipping and falling on a wet floor or getting hit by a falling stack of boxes. It can also be the result of repetitive motion, something you do many times a day, every day. It can also be caused by micro-trauma, small recurring impulses to joints that, over time, lead to serious joint problems.
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Auto accident injuries. Auto accidents happen every day and many result in bodily injuries to drivers and passengers. Symptoms may not appear for 2 weeks or longer. Stiffness, achiness, headaches, numbness, neck and back pain, disorientation, anxiety or nervousness, and nausea are common symptoms following an auto accident. They signal that one or more injuries have resulted and only a qualified doctor can determine what happened and prescribe a course of treatments. The goal is to restore you to the physical state you enjoyed prior to the accident. Chiropractors can be the primary treating physicians for auto-related injuries. It is not necessary to consult with a medical doctor first or to have a referral for chiropractic care. The chiropractor can be the first and only doctor you see for treatments.
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Sciatic pain. Sciatica, a radiating pain into the leg, can be mild or truly disabling. Such a pain means that one or more nerves are under extreme pressure, often referred to as a "pinched nerve". Many sciatic problems have been treated successfully by chiropractors without the need to give patients drugs and medications. If your sciatica is due to a recent accident or injury, it could resolve quickly. If you have been ignoring your sciatic pain for a year or more, or if it is due to age, degeneration, or arthritis, progress may be slow and full recovery may not be achievable. Only the chiropractor can determine if chiropractic treatments are right for you by performing a thorough examination.
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Arm and leg problems. If you experience radiating/shooting pain, loss of strength or muscle coordination, numbness, tingling, or achiness in the arm or leg, it may not be a problem of your arm or leg at all. How can that be? The arm and leg are served by a system of nerves that give you all of your feelings and control all of your arm and leg movements. If these nerves suffer injury, pressure, entanglement, or traction, you could suffer these and other symptoms. The nerves in the arm originate in the neck. The nerves in the leg originate in the low back spine. Problems in the neck and back often result in what seem like problems in the arm and leg. Wearing a knee or elbow brace may not resolve the condition because it fails to address and correct the real cause of the problem. Chiropractors are experts in joint function as well as nerve health and can not only diagnose your problem, but treat it as well.
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Loss of joint function and movement. Joints are essential for movement. Without them, we would be stiff as boards. Young joints move effortlessly and painlessly. Older joints, arthritic joints, and dehydrating joints are like creaky door hinges. Their movements are accompanied by strain, weakness, pain, and an occasional noise or two. Healthy joints make life effortless because all things can be accomplished with minimal discomfort. Keeping joints healthy should be everyone's goal so that we maintain a good quality of life. Injured and deteriorating joints can be helped with the proper treatment and management. Maintenance of healthy joints is preferable to management of damaged joints. Start early to preserve joint health.
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Children's problems. Many early childhood conditions are effectively treated with chiropractic care. Some are due to arrested physical development, trauma from the process of childbirth, and falls and accidents as infants begin their first clumsy steps toward childhood. The more active a child is, the greater the likelihood that accident injuries will happen. Children are not always able to describe their injuries or symptoms because of their limited vocabulary, so it is up to parents to be observant and to determine if their children have been adversely affected by the events in their lives. Even though a child may not be able to use the right words with the doctor, chiropractors are trained to assess their problems with a thorough and gentle physical examination.
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Medicare/Senior problems. Can chiropractors treat people on Medicare? Yes. Most people over 65 don't even realize they have a chiropractic benefit.. If you have a medical condition that interferes with your life and livelihood, chiropractors are qualified to treat you under “medical necessity”. If you are Medicare eligible, you will have a 20% co-payment amount on each visit, usually between $5 and $10, depending on the doctor's treatment. Medicare pays the rest of the office charge for you. If it becomes necessary to treat you with services that are not covered in your Medicare benefits, the doctor will inform you and you can pay for those non-covered services on your own. If a doctor asks you to give up your Medicare benefits by signing a waiver form or a contract, be sure you understand what you are giving up before signing.
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Saito or, if you have any questions, call us at (808) 593-9992 today!