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What to Expect at West Lake Chiropractic

One-on-One with Dr. Melling

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You’ll immediately feel at home the moment you walk in the door of our Denver chiropractic office

At West Lake Chiropractic, you can expect to receive the highest quality of chiropractic care in a warm and friendly environment. Dr. Melling will take time to get to know you and your medical history before developing your individual care plan so that you can achieve the best possible results.

Getting Started

As a new patient, we’ll spend some time with you on the phone, preparing you for your first visit to the office. During this call we’ll:

  • Schedule your appointment
  • Take a brief medical history
  • Discuss the reason for your visit
  • Review your insurance information
  • Get you started with your new patient paperwork

You’ll need to bring a photo ID and proof of insurance with you to your visit.

Your First Visit

When you arrive, Dr. Melling will spend some time getting to know you and introducing you to the practice. She’ll play a short video for you (six to seven minutes in length) to provide you with a brief overview of chiropractic care. You’ll have your personal consultation, which will include Dr. Melling asking you questions about your health history and the reason for your visit. She’ll want to get a sense of what brought you to the office and how she might be able to help you.

After your consult, you’ll have a thorough examination of your spine. We also have X-ray capabilities on-site, so we can gather as much information as possible about what may be causing your discomfort.

Dr. Melling rarely performs an adjustment at this first visit. It’s important that she sit down with the exam findings and the X-rays, and put together a package to present to the patient of what she found and what adjustments are needed going forward.

If you’re experiencing acute pain, Dr. Melling may recommend some type of therapy, such as ultrasound or muscle stimulation, to help with pain relief. In all, you can expect your first visit to last about one hour.

Putting the Pieces Together

During your second visit with Dr. Melling, she’ll discuss with you her findings from your consultation, exam and X-rays. You’ll watch another short video; this one explains why we take X-rays and what Dr. Melling can learn from them. Dr. Melling will give you a folder with all of the information regarding her findings, and she’ll answer any questions you might have.

She’ll also discuss with you her recommended care plan. If you agree with Dr. Melling’s recommendations, she’ll have you provide your consent for treatment, and you’ll receive your first adjustment. This may be followed by one of our supplemental therapies, depending on what your care dictates.

Before you leave, you’ll sit down with Terri, our office manager, and receive a welcome packet. She’ll go over with you any insurance questions or concerns and then schedule you for your care plan appointments. This visit will last approximately 40 minutes.

Your Ongoing Care

Educating our patients and the community about chiropractic and wellness is part of our practice mission. As a new patient, you might wonder how long you’ll need to continue your chiropractic care, or you may worry that you will require care for the rest of your life.

West Lake Chiropractic is committed to helping you understand the benefits of chiropractic in maintaining a healthy spine and, by extension, enjoying better health. We believe it is less expensive and less painful to maintain good spinal health than it is to repeatedly “start from scratch” with relief care when problems arise.

We offer free workshops on various topics concerning your health. You’ll also receive our newsletters, which provide information you need to support your efforts to maintain good spinal health. Once our patients realize they can live pain free, they often make the choice to continue with routine chiropractic care. You might find that you’re asking yourself, “why should I hurt?”

Give us a call today to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle through chiropractic. (704) 489-1999