Okinawa Chiropractic Center 411-1 Ihei, Chatan Dai-Ichi Touwa Bldg Suite #4

Okinawa Chiropractic Center

Frequently Asked Questions

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OCC is conveniently located on Route 23 (Kokutai Rd) in Chatan. We are close to several easily recognizable local businesses. Closeby is the Eagle Lodge and Vets Park. We are in the same building as Wing King Restaurant, Saki Corporation and Delta Airlines. For added convenience, we have inserted a Google map of our location and immediate area at the bottom of this page.

We currently accept online payment using common debit or credit cards. Online tranactions are secured by Stripe, Inc., a North American based clearing house for international card transactions.

In-house payment methods include

  • Japanese Yen
  • U.S. Dollar (exchange rate applies)
  • Debit/Credit card transactions

All in-house card transactions are secured by Square, Inc., another North American based clearing house.

For complete information on our ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and what we are doing to minimize risk to our clients, Please see the COVID-19 information page here

We take your safety as seriously as we do our own.

For complete details on our services, please use this link to see our main services page. Our Services

Basically, we offer straight chiropractic, acupuncture, essential oils therapy, and a smattering of more esoteric holistic services.

Doc Holliday is a 1996 graduate of Life Chiropractic College, a diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in the United States and, earned his state license, also in 1996, from the Florida State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Additionally, Doc Holliday served his internship and externship in the State of Florida under the supervision of one of the most respected chiropractic center directors in North Florida. This in-service was completed in 1997.

In 1997-98 Doc Holliday served as an associate chiropractor at Lake City Chiropractic Center. After this time, he decided to move his family to Kansai to try and help spread the practice of true chiropractic to Japan. Doc served as primary instructor for chiropractic technique at two large national chiropractic schools which, largely due to politics, do not survive to this day

In 2005, Doc gave up on Japanese politics and, relocated to Okinawa to open a private clinic - 'Life Chiropractic Center Okinawa' which was renamed in 2007 to Okinawa Chiropractic Center.

Due to Japanese regulations, a 'chiropractor' may not perform acupuncture services nor, may they directly employ an acupuncturist under their company umbrella. The point is, that any acupuncturist working with a chiropractor must either A) Own the clinic or B) remain an outside contractor for on-call services.

Since Tomomi is actually an outside (on-call) contractor with her own license, we are unable to offer credit/debit payment for certain services. In our case she is an independent contractor with her own business identity.

For this reason, Traditional acupuncture and Acupuncture with Essentials services cannot be charged using the company's card clearance account. These services are therefore, 'Cash Only' payment options.

We find this situation ridiculous. But, it is important to follow the local regulations which are in place... At the same time, we strive to discover ways to provide flexible payment options to our clients.

Strangely, we are able to offer Gift Certificates for Traditional Acupuncture without brushing up against this particular rule. Check 'em out!

Many who are familiar with chiropractic may have experienced certain types of physio-therapies at their doctor's office. These could include electrical applications, heat or cold applications or other therapies to enhance the chiropractic adjustment.

The short answer as to why we do not perform electrical, thermal or energetic modallities is two-fold.

First and foremost, we firmly believe that these therapeutic applications are not generally necessary. With obvious exceptions for acute injury, these applications serve only to interfere with the body's natural ability to regain balance following the adjustment. In general, they are merely designed to reduce symptoms. While that may seem like a good thing, the body NEEDS to feel the symptoms. Otherwise, how will your physiology know how to respond... what to do next to heal?

However, the main reason is that we are not technically ALLOWED to use these therapies for ANY 'medical' rationale. And, since the ONLY rationale would be 'medical', we find that it is prudent to stay off the local authorities radar by honoring their directive to not use them.

For the complete details on our late-cancellation and no-show policies, please check the section toward the bottom of this page which has a button to display our full policy in this window.

It has, unfortunately, become necessary over the last few years, to strictly enforce these policies to protect our schedule and avoid wasted time waiting for clients who never show.

While the policy has been in place for several years now, we try to be flexible where we can. But, all appointments are subject to the published policy. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Our main chiropractic technique is Thompson Terminal Point technique - AKA 'Drop Table' technique. But, because everyone is different, it is sometimes necessary to use a slightly different approach to achieve the best results.

For this reason, Doc is also equipped with Upper Cervical Specific (AKA Toggle Recoil), Palmer Diversified and, even Activator Method as needed.

We try to see the individual and adjust our methods when it becomes necessary. Most of our clients do exeedingly well with Thompson Terminal Point technique.


When booking your appointment, in the payment phase of the process, you can select either "Pay Now" or "Pay Later". To make payment at the time of service, choose the "Pay Later" option.

Your appointment will confirm normally whichever method you choose.

We have to be a little careful with this one.

Let us start by simply explaining that there really is no such thing as 'Japanese' chiropractic.

Chiropractic is neither recognized nor regulated in Japan. There is no recognized government board, No licensing authority and, No single authoritative chiropractic association here.

Most of the 'chiropractors' you will find have very little training - at least as it is recognized in the US, Canada, Australia, etc. Instead, there are a dwindling number of vocational schools which teach - among other things, a bit of chiropractic technique. This instruction is usually led by the very few individuals who actually attended a western chiropractic college. But, the full spectrum of education expected by western clients is not possible under the current situation.

When choosing a chiropractor, it is important to SEE their actual credentials from an accredited chiropractic college. There are NO such colleges in Japan at this time.

It is NOT impossible to find a REAL chiropractor in Japan. But, it is not a common situation. But, it must be said that the same regulatory environment that allows practically anyone to hang a "Chiropractor" shingle is the same environment that allows us to operate in Japan. So... There's that.

Our Mission

At Okinawa Chiropractic Center, we strive to provide the highest quality services possible. To this end, in 2018-2019, we have undergone many upgrades intended to elevate the client experience to meet with international standards.

In addition to the many cosmetic changes in our offices, clients will also notice modern chiropractic tools which were necessary to import to Okinawa at significant cost.

We do not subscribe to the quaint Okinawan expression of "Nan Kuru Nai Sa" to our practice. (Roughly translated as: Hakuna Matata) If we are able to do better and be better, we will constantly strive to do so.

Before making an appointment, we ask that you review our general policies and terms regarding no-shows and late cancellations. You must accept these during the booking process.
But, optionally, you can review them here before proceeding.

How to Find Us

Next to Wing King and Saki Corporation

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