What To Expect

Your First Visit – Information Gathering Day

When you arrive at our Mesa office, Julia, our receptionist, is typically the first face you will see. She’s very nice, and can speak Spanish. Julia will ask you to complete some initial intake forms, and will copy your insurance card and drivers license. If you have been involved in an auto accident, we ask that you bring the accident report and your auto insurance information. This will all be copied and kept in your file.


After the forms are completed, the doctor will review your paperwork while Julia takes your vitals (height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temp). If you have never been to a chiropractor before or haven’t been in a long time we will show you a short video.

You will then meet with our favorite Mesa chiropractor, Dr. Ahnen for an interview.

He will ask you some pertinent questions so he can best understand your case. After the interview, the doctor will complete an exam in one of our adjusting rooms, and then x-rays if needed.

After Dr. Ahnen has gathered the information from the history, exam, X-rays (if taken), labs, and ruled out any contraindications, treatment is typically given (depending on your condition and past experience with chiropractic).

Treatment may be some physiotherapy, massage, nutrition, or may include an adjustment, if the condition and patient expectation warrants it.

After treatment you will be given some instructions as to what you can do at home (ice/heat, walk, herbs and vitamins, stretch, etc), and when to come back for your next treatment.

A referral will be given if your condition is something we cannot help you with.

Your Second Visit – Information Reporting Day

When you arrive we ask you to fill out a brief soap note indicating your subjective complaints.

We will have you watch a short video, and then you will meet with the doctor in his office for the review of findings.

The doctor will go over your x-rays, explain your condition in detail, how we’re going to treat it, and answer any questions you have.


The doctor will explain your individual treatment plan which includes; how many times a week you will need to receive treatment and what kind of treatment you will receive.

The doctor will typically give you home care instructions which may include; ergonomics, exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction. “I sit down and take the time to go over these items in detail.

Patients often review that no one has ever taken the time to explain these things to them in the past,” states Dr. Ahnen.

After your consultation the doctor will typically start treatment with an adjustment and any other recommended treatments.

Julia will also discuss insurance and financial information with you.

This visit can take 30 minutes to an hour, or more depending on your particular condition.

A Typical Office Visit – No waiting. Your time is important!

When you arrive for a regular office visit we ask that you sign in and then complete the top portion of your soap note.

We don’t like to keep you waiting so you are brought right in for treatment.



You might start on the Intersegmental (IST) “roller” table, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, or Adjustment depending on what’s open or available.

All of our employees are licensed Chiropractic Assistants (CA) including, our Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

Julia typically does all the therapies, although sometimes our LMT’s will do the therapies if Julia or the doctor are busy with patients.

Because treatments vary, time varies per visit.

You can expect to be in the office anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour.

Typical adjustments only take minutes, massage 30-60 minutes, acupuncture 30 minutes, and physiotherapy usually 15-30 minutes.

Most patients also lay on the IST table, which we call the “roller,” for about 10 minutes. Your time is valuable to us, so we keep you busy while you’re here.

Julia typically collects payment at the end of your visit and makes your next appointment.

Like a regular workout at the gym, each visit builds on the ones before.

Miss a visit and you can lose the momentum necessary to make the needed changes.

We recognize your time is valuable. So we do everything possible to run on time and minimize the impact on your busy life.

Give our Mesa chiropractic office a call at 480.755.7777 to schedule an appointment so we can help you and your family!

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  • Dr. Ahnen, is very professional and really cares about helping you get better. — Mark SMesa, AZ - May 19, 2013Awesome Chiropractor!
  • Thank You Dr. Ahnen for what you have done in the past for me in 2001 and what you are doing now in 2011 to help my neck and back physical issues. In 2001; ten years ago a driver ran a red light in Phoenix, Arizona and hit my vehicle head on; totaled my vehicle. I was carried out on a stretcher by the ambulance crew to the nearest hospital. It was 10 years ago in 2001; I found Dr. Ahnen. Dr. Ahnen did a remarkable job to help me recovery from the car accident. I have noticed as we get older our bodies change. So, here I am now 10 years later in 2011; I developed this bulging mass in my neck; felt like the size of a baseball. I thought something is not right; my entire back is aching; my leg gets cramps. I can not sit or stand for long periods of time. The first doctor that comes to mind is Dr. Ahnen; I remember the remarkable out come I had with Dr. Ahnen in 2001; no doubt in my mind I am going back to Dr. Ahnen to see what this is in my neck. I must say the treatments I am receiving which started in April 2011 are helping me tremendously! I have notice a wonderful difference; the bulge in my neck is gone! Praise the Lord! Thank God for Dr. Ahnen. The back adjustments and treatments I am getting for my back are helping me. I can not forget about Dr. Ahnen’s Staff; Julia is so very kind, the message therapist are wonderful. I am very grateful to Dr. Ahnen and would not go anywhere else for my treatments. — Bridgette M. - Tempe, AZ - Sep 21, 2011Dr. Ahnen is a God send!
  • I wish to say thank you to Dr Ahnen for helping to keep me moving… and having a better grasp at life. I have many physical issues and he and his crew have helped me to keep on working 12 hour shifts that I am up and around at least 75% of that time, plus survive through regular time. He has figured out ways to help so I can function without having surgery so far… Hope I will not ever have to do that. Thank you again Dr. Ahnen. — Karan O. - Tempe, AZ - May 16, 2012Dr. Ahnen has helped to keep me moving…
  • I’m a patient of Dr. Ahnen. I’ve been to him many times for healing injuries from playing racquetball and from a car accident. He and his very friendly office staff have always taken great care of me with multiple therapies, adjustments, and therapeutic massages. These therapies have all helped to speed up my recovery and helped me to stay healthy. I highly recommend his office for any of your painful needs for quick healing. — Jeff M. - Mesa, AZ - Aug 20, 2012Helped speed my recovery and keep me healthy
  • 15 years of living with lower back pain and medications came to end after being treated by Dr Ahnen and his staff. It was just in time too, I was even considering back surgery. I had seen other Chiropractors before, But none had ever taken the holistic approach he did. He listened, asked many questions, took measurements, X-rays then diagnosed me with Facet Syndrome. Dr Ahnen, then put together a get well plan. The plan included me doing stretch exercises, something I was not doing that was contributing to the constant pain. He explained that several muscles were causing some of the problem. Because they weren’t being stretched, they were pulling on my midsection, exacerbating the problem as a result. The program included stretching at home, weekly visits and massage therapy from his staff. Interestingly and sometimes embarrassing, Dr Ahnen could tell whether I was doing my stretch exercises at home or not just by measuring and checking the resistance of my legs when he had me stretch at each visit. At first I didn’t look forward to my appointments but soon realized the pain was fading and was soon gone completely. I’m in maintenance mode now and still pain free. I’m pretty certain I would have gone forward with surgery if I had not been lucky enough to meet him. I just wish he would have been as lucky. I’m assuming most people don’t know this, but Dr. Ahnen did have back surgery. (Sorry Doc, if you post this, everyone will know) I believe this is one of the reasons why he is so good at what he does and why he cares so much about his patients. He just wants to make sure that surgery is a last resort. I have and always will, recommend Ahnen Chiropractic to anyone. Sincerely, — Roy Hughes - Mesa, AZ - Aug 7, 2013Pain and Drug Free thanks to Dr. Ahnen and his staff
  • I have always enjoyed my visits to Dr. Ahnen’s office. The staff is courteous and professional and Dr. Ahnen takes a personal interest in my care. From the beginning the quality of care has been high with a wide selection of available therapies. Go to Ahnen Chiropractic and see the difference yourself. — Rick - Mesa, AZ - Apr 14, 2013Courteous and Professional Staff