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Chiropractic Techniques

Denver Chiropractic

Chiropractic is safe, gentle, and effective

Each patient is unique, and the care each patient receives should be unique as well. At West Lake Chiropractic we are proud to offer a variety of techniques and supplemental therapies that allow us to help a wide range of patients by creating patient-specific care plans.

The following are some of our most commonly used chiropractic techniques and therapies:

Cold Laser Therapy

Low-level cold laser therapy is a well-established therapy for pain relief and rehabilitation of numerous injuries. Laser light penetrates tissue, where it is absorbed by cells and effectively stimulates healing and rapid pain relief.


This technique involves a gentle, hands-on movement of the spine.


This form of traction helps to reduce pressure on the intervertebral discs.


The spine is adjusted using this computerized, consistent and comfortable instrument.

Spinal Decompression

This technique uses state-of-the-art technology to help heal disc conditions from the inside out and help reduce the likelihood of surgery.

Muscle stimulation and ultrasound are offered as therapeutic modalities. They are adjunct procedures that reduce swelling, decrease muscle spasms and facilitate healing.

What You Need to Know

No technique performed at West Lake Chiropractic should ever hurt. Some patients are nervous about the popping or cracking sound said to be associated with chiropractic adjustments. The “cracking” sound many new patients fear is the release of gas from between the joints. “When I adjust kids, I call the sounds ‘bone farts,'” Dr. Melling says. “The crack sound is nitrogen gas bubbles popping; just like when you crack your knuckles. It doesn’t hurt, nor will the adjustment.”

It’s also important to keep in mind that there are many different ways to adjust the spine. It’s in getting to know the patient and his or her preferences that helps Dr. Melling decide which technique to use so that the patient will be most comfortable. For example, for patients who are nervous about manual adjustments, Dr. Melling might use the ProAlign, a handheld, computerized tool that’s extremely gentle and light and provides very precise adjustments.

Dr. Melling always encourages patients to let her know when they are even slightly uncomfortable. “If you feel better but don’t like the feel of your adjustment, let me know. There are a million ways to adjust the spine.”

Discover how our range of chiropractic techniques can help you feel better! Call (704) 489-1999 today for more information.