Welcome to Essential Wellness and Pain Center

Your Palos Heights, IL Integrated Medical Office serving Palos Hills, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Worth, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Palos Park, Burr Ridge and South Suburbs.


Team Essential

Essential provides the state of the art medical and active therapy services to the community.  Dr. Rory McKenna DC, Alicia Belcher FNP, and their team are committed to offering active rehab, massage, chiropractic and regenerative medicine (PRP) - Platelet- Rich Plasma.  Essential focuses on a holistic view aimed at helping restore health and mobility through revolutionizing patient care with our new regenerative healthcare model.

Essential Wellness and Pain Center is situated in the Palos Heights, IL. 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, 15 minutes from Midway & 40 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. 

                   Essential Wellness and Pain Center Led By Dr. Rory McKenna & Alicia Belcher, FNP

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Injuries often lead to range of motion or loss of function. Our rehabilitation program includes chiropractic, massage and physical therapy to restore correct range of motion and function

Trigger Point Injection

A trigger point injection is a tight knot or band of muscles that form when a muscle is not able to relax.  They can be very painful.  An injection into the trigger point can help the muscle relax and relieve the pain.

Knee & Shoulder Gel Injections

A joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure where a needle is placed into a joint with the assistance of guided ultrasound.  Hyaluronic injection are chemically similar to you natural joint fluid.  The different gels we use are either Durolane or Gelsyn.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in the synovial fluid.  HA reduces joint pain for up to 6 months, and improves physical activity and quality of life of OA osteoarthritis in as early as 2 weeks.

PRP - Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient's own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.

Massage Therapy 

  • reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
  • relief of muscle spasms
  • greater flexibility and range of motion
  • increase of  of the ease and efficiency of movement
  • relief of stress and aide of relaxation
  • promotion of deeper and easier breathing
  • improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
  • relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
  • promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries
  • reduction in  in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
  • enhancement in  the health and nourishment of skin
  • improvement in posture  through changing tension patterns that affect posture

Chiropractic Care

Our chiropractor in Palos Heights is committed to whole health emphasized by the chiropractic lifestyle. His patients can optimize wellness with a range of services that include regular chiropractic care, physical therapy, lower back pain relief, sport injury treatment, massage and rehabilitation.

Back pain in Palos Heights can be a result of many factors. Dr. McKenna and his chiropractic staff will determine the underlying cause of your pain. Our Palos Heights chiropractor focuses on conditions such as back pain, automobile accident injuries, sciatica, headaches, and sports injuries. He also screens for and treats scoliosis and treats headaches at their source.

Motor Vehicle Accidents & Whiplash

Have you recently experienced whiplash as a result of an automobile accident? Dr. McKenna would like to see you just following your accident to get you fast relief/care before pain and the effects of injury have an opportunity to set into your soft tissues and vertebrae. Movement beyond normal range of motion can disrupt how the physiology communicates and also result in tears.

Another essential reason to contact our Palos Heights chiropractor immediately following your car accident is to ensure your health insurance company will cover you for treatment. It is much easier and efficient to document and attribute your injury to your accident if it is reported and treated immediately following the incident.

You may have been seen by another doctor following your accident. It is our goal to provide non-surgical treatment to realign your spine. We may also help you avoid strong medication.

Sports Injuries

Common sports injuries include tennis and golfer's elbow, knee issues and neck pain. Sport injury treatment that includes chiropractic adjustments, massage and physical therapy can all be provided to help you heal.

Take charge of your total health with our caring staff now by calling us at (708) 577-4162 for an appointment.

Rory McKenna
Palos Heights Doctor | Essential Wellness and Pain Center | 708.577.4162

6400 W College Dr Suite 200
Palos Heights, IL 60463

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8:00 am-11:30 am

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8:00 am-11:30 am

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Meet the Staff

  • Dr.
    Rory McKenna

    Dr. Rory McKenna is a highly skilled and educated chiropractor serving patients at Essential Chiropractic and Health Center in Palos Heights. Dr. McKenna earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotions from the University of Iowa. 

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  • Alicia Belcher
    Nurse Practitioner

    Alicia Belcher is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She received her Bachelors in Science in Nursing from Lewis University. She received her Masters in Science in Nursing from Olivet Nazarene University with high distinction Honors in 2015.

    Prior to joining Essential Chiropractic and Wellness, Alicia worked in pain management as well as orthopedics for over three years.  Her career started as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Working as an ICU nurse for over 12 years has taught her to treat the patient as a whole and not just a diagnosis.

     Alicia bring empathy, compassion and an individualized approach to her patients.  She strives to educate and engage them in their health and care as much as possible.  When she is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls Savanna (8) and Saige (3).

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  • "My family has been patients at Essential Chiropractic for several years now and have had nothing but great experiences!!"
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