Chiropractic Techniques

Dr. Van Ness is Barrington’s top Chiropractic specialist. His team helps clients achieve a healthy freedom they’ve never experienced before.

Gonstead Spinal Adjustments

The Gonstead Method has been shown to be the “gold standard” in chiropractic, a standard by which all other chiropractic techniques are measured. It is this superiority and specificity to correcting spinal problems that has drawn our doctors to the Gonstead Method, bringing the best in chiropractic treatment to the northwest suburbs. The Gonstead Method specifically focuses on the health of the disc. When a spinal bone becomes subluxated, the disc (shock absorber between the bones) can be compressed and bulge, thus irritating surrounding spinal nerves. The bone must be realigned for health to be restored. A specific Gonstead adjustment is the most natural, least invasive approach to correcting and improving overall health.

Active Release Technique (ART)

ART_logo_2010ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Overuse of muscles can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness.

The goal of ART is to restore optimal texture, motion and function to the soft tissue, and release entrapped nerves or blood vessels. Dr. Van Ness and Parkin use ART to treat a number of soft tissue and sports injuries.


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Office Hours

7:30AM - 5:45PM

9:00AM - 6:00PM

7:30AM - 5:45PM

7:45AM - 10:30AM

7:30AM - 12:00PM



* For emergency or after hour appointments, call or text Dr. Van Ness at 224-622-5836

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Functional Movement Screening and Corrective Exercise System

It seems more and more of today’s individuals are working harder to become stronger and healthier. These individuals are constantly working to improve their activities by increasing their flexibility, strength, endurance, and power. A tremendous amount of athletes and individuals are performing high-level activities even though they are inefficient in their fundamental movements; without knowing it, these individuals are putting fitness on dysfunction. These individuals create poor movement patterns, train around a pre-existing problem or simply do not train their weakness during their strength and conditioning programs.

[toggle title=”Read More” keep_open=”false”]In today’s evolving training and conditioning market, athletes and individuals have access to a huge arsenal of equipment and workout programs; however, the best equipment and programs cannot produce if the fundamental weaknesses are not exposed. The idea is to individualize each rehabilitative or workout program based on the person’s weak link. This weak link is a physical or functional limitation. In order to isolate the weak link, the body’s fundamental movement patterns should be considered. Most people don’t begin rehabilitative care or a strength and conditioning program by determining if they have adequate movement patterns. This makes it essential to screen an individual’s fundamental movements prior to beginning chiropractic and rehabilitative care or a strength and conditioning program. By looking at the movement patterns and not just one area, a weak link can be identified. Armed with this information, this will enable our doctors to focus on that area. If this weak link is not identified, the body will compensate, causing inefficient movements. It is this type of inefficiency that can cause pain, a decrease in performance and an increase in injuries.

The Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise System attempts to pinpoint these weak links, and alleviate them. This system is a process that identifies the weak link in the movement pattern and then assigns exercises to correct it. When this is accomplished, the individual or athlete will have greater movement efficiency, which will lead to improved performance and hopefully a decrease in injury potential. This system consists of The Functional Movement Screen, Core Training and Reactive Neuromuscular Training.[/toggle]

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Fascial Stretch Therapy™

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What if the source of your chronic pain isn’t detectable through an X-Ray or MRI? The common factor between movement dysfunction, pain, and the lingering effects of old injuries is often poor connective tissue health.

Fascia (connective tissue) is the most prevalent tissue in the body – yet it is the least understood by your doctor, therapist, and trainer. Fascia surrounds muscles, bones, and joints and is considered an organ of structure – it is what shapes our posture and alignment. Treatment approaches often focus on muscles (massage) or joints (physical therapy) but do not address the structural imbalances that are held in place by the connective tissue. If you have ever wondered why one shoulder is higher than the other or why your shoulder clicks when you raise your arm overhead – it may be a restriction in the connective tissue that is the source of the misalignment or impaired movement.

[toggle title=”Read More” keep_open=”false”]Restricted fascia can decrease joint space (causing degenerative joint diseases and osteoarthritis) and lead to trigger points, chronic muscle tightness, and tendonitis. Fascial Stretch Therapy™ is the perfect compliment to chiropractic treatment. Sessions are performed on a massage table with straps to immobilize the part of the body not being worked on. This gentle style of stretching targets the fascia, while decreasing nervous system tension and decompressing the joint-capsule to restore your range of motion.

FST™ has helped some of the best athletes to break records and helped teams to win championships. FST™ has been used by heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, UFC champion Frank Mir, football players (Emmit Smith, Kurt Warner, Donovan McNabb), Olympic medalists (Kurt Engle), Ultraman winner Kevin Cutjar, and many more! Many people have used it to prevent surgery and eliminate chronic pain.[/toggle]

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a treatment technique that uses sterile acupuncture needles to eliminate trigger points within muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

Trigger points are the small knots within muscles that are often tense or sore to touch. They can increase pain, limit motion, and decrease sports performance. If trigger points go untreated, they can worsen over time.

The sterile acupuncture needle is inserted into the trigger point, causing an immediate “release” of the trigger point, reducing pain and muscle tension. After dry needling, you’ll notice increased mobility and pain-free living! Though the thought of needles is intimidating, dry needling is a low-risk technique that can deliver satisfactory results.

For most, there is little or NO DISCOMFORT with the needle. When the needle hits the trigger point,  a “twitch response” happens, which feels like a muscle cramp (though a quick one.) After dry needling, muscle soreness sets in for about 24-48 hours. Drinking plenty of fluids and apply heat can usually reduce the soreness.

Though dry needling and acupuncture both use sterile needles, the methodology behind each treatment is different, as are the techniques and education behind them.

What benefits of Dry Needling are there?

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  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Shin Splits
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Hamstring Strain

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  • Disk and Nerve Problems
  • Neck Pain
  • TMJ
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Upper Back and Shoulder

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  • Low Back Pain
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis
  • Scoliosis


Many attribute dry needling for getting them out of pain. Van Ness Chiropractic is happy to treat your unresolved back or neck pain or pain in any other part of your body.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy helps the body in a number of ways, including muscle relaxation, circulatory improvement, and the body’s relaxation response. 

Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to


  • Decreased nerve compression
  • Increased joint space
  • Relief of pain
  • Increased range of motion

  • Improved muscle tone
  • Improved posture
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Decreased risk of injury


Massage therapy may also improve circulation. Circulation is responsible for enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. It also helps to remove waste products. Therefore, the improved circulatory effects of massage may also have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Massage therapy is also beneficial for relaxation. Massage induces the relaxation response, resulting in:

  • lowering the heart rate
  • lowering the respiratory rate
  • lowering blood pressure
  • boosting the immune system
  • decreasing the physical effects of stress

Sports massage

Sports massage recharges an athlete’s worn out muscles and improves athletic performance.
Utilizing a variety of techniques, the Van Ness Chiropractic massage therapists customize treatment sessions to match your athletic training demands. Should you have an event within 48 hours of your scheduled session, your therapist may use some circulatory massage and passive joint mobilization to make sure you have the range of motion you will need to avoid injury at your event. During your slower training times, your therapist may utilize more rehabilitative techniques to bring your body back from being worn down after more intense training periods.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release is a manual massage technique that stretches the fascia and releases the bonds between fascia, muscles, and bones. When the fascia is manipulated, the connective tissue fibers of a person’s body are reorganized into a more flexible and functional fashion.

“Fascia” is a band or sheet of connective material. It is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone and covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in the body. Muscle and fascia together form the myofascial system.

Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia, and, since fascia is interconnected, restriction in one place leads to tightness and restriction in others.

The goal with myofascial release is to eliminate pain while increasing the range of motion and balancing ability of the body. By releasing fascial restriction, connective tissue is restored to health.


At the heart of feeling great and moving well is a healthy diet. Nutrition is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Get started by eating the right kinds of foods.

Eating the right kinds of foods helps to reduce the risks of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic ailments.

You might start to notice some other benefits taking place in your life. Pay attention for signs like:

  • Increased energy
  • Weight loss
  • Fewer sick days off work
  • Fewer trips to the doctor
  • Decreased medical bills

If you’re noticing signs like those listed above, you’re on the right track! Van Ness Chiropractic likes to treat the whole body, and good nutrition goes a long way towards doing just that. 

Start Eating Nutritious Foods

Ready to start adding healthy foods into your diet? Try starting with these!

  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Oily fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna
  • Leafy greens likes spinach, kale and collard greens
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Wheat Germ
  • Avocados
  • Oatmeal

Want more information on nutritious foods for you and your family? Let’s talk nutrition at your next visit. Schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Orthotics

Orthotics and Chiropractic Treatment

Everything changes when the foot hits the ground.
Truer words have never been spoken. In order to treat someone with pain effectively and most successfully, the treating chiropractor must examine their patient’s movement patterns. This begins with how they walk. Orthotics also known as insoles, orthoses or shoe inserts, are designed to correct foot posture and abnormal or irregular walking patterns.

Foot orthotics are not just “arch supports,” although this term is often used to describe them. They perform functions that make your everyday activities more comfortable and efficient, by altering the angles at which the feet strike the ground when standing, walking, jogging, running and jumping.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are shaped insoles placed inside shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot movement. This is necessary when the natural balance of our lower body has been disrupted by, for instance, over-pronation. Many common complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain can be caused by poor foot mechanics.

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Foot orthotics helps to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Provide support
  • Prevent or halt the development of foot deformity
  • Provide better positioning of the feet when they hit the ground
  • Relieve pressure on a certain area of the foot
  • Improve the overall biomechanical function of the foot
  • Reduce lower limb torsion and stress on the knees

At Van Ness Chiropractic, we take a holistic approach to any biomechanical problem.

We understand that the problem may not always be located around the area of the body where you have pain. In some cases the problem may lie in a number of areas, such as pelvic dysfunction, leg length discrepancies, tight or poorly toned muscles as well as poor posture.
If we do not find that your problem is caused by your foot position or poor biomechanics, we will not prescribe foot orthotics.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Orthotics In Sports”]

Orthotics In Sports

Correction of poor foot biomechanics with orthotics can improve and prevent many types of pain conditions and symptoms such as: Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), sesamoiditis, toe pain, ankle pain, tibialis dysfunction, impingement syndrome, plantar fasciitis, neuroma, tendonitis, policeman’s heel, heel spur, pronation, bunions, shin pain (compartment syndrome, shin splints), knee pain (chondromalacia patellae, patello-femoral syndrome).[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Casual/Dress”]


How Are Orthotics Different From Regular Shoe Insoles?

There is a significant difference between regular insoles and orthotics. Regular insoles are purely designed to provide a cushioning effect and shock absorption. They may feel comfortable at first, however they do not address any biomechanical problems – they are not designed to correct over-pronation. On the other hand, orthotics are a functional device, designed to correct and optimize foot function.

pronationpicWhat is pronation?

What is pronation?
The most common form of bad foot biomechanics is over-pronation, which is the dropping of the arches and rolling inwards of the feet and ankles, causing flat feet. It is estimated that 70% of people in the western world are affected by over-pronation. This condition presents itself in varying degrees of severity, with some people over-pronating more than others.
The fact that so many of us suffer from over-pronation due to fallen arches can be contributed to the hard and flat surfaces we walk on daily. Other factors that play a role include age, weak ankles and excess body weight. As a result, over-pronation is much more prevalent in people above the age of fifty as well as those who are overweight.
Over-pronation doesn’t pose a serious problem in the short term, especially for younger people. However, abnormal foot function over a period of time can lead to serious foot problems like heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot).
Foot problems can also cause pain elsewhere in the body. For example, an over-pronated foot will make the leg rotate inwards (internal rotation) which in turn may have repercussions further up your leg and lower back. As you compensate for the pronated foot you are likely to feel symptoms of aches and pains as far away as the knees, hips and the low back.
Orthotics are an effective and inexpensive solution to the over-pronation problem. Buying a pair of orthotics can be a worthwhile investment to your health as they can prevent many problems.[/accordion_item][/accordion]

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