Minneapolis & St. Paul Chiropractic

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Minneapolis & St. Paul Chiropractic Minneapolis, MN

4401 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

Phone: 612-724-4647

Website: www.minneapolisstpaulchiro.com

Hours: Convenient Office Hours Monday - Friday

Business Categories: Chiropractor, Chiropractic, Back Pain, Auto Accidents, Work Injuries, Sports Injuries,

Cities: Bloomington, Eagan, Edina, Minneapolis, Richfield, Saint Paul,

Business Zip Codes:
55104, 55105, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55417,

Recent Minneapolis & St. Paul Chiropractic News

Dr. Norlin Speaking Engagements
Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Dr. Norlin spoke on "Fixing the Healthcare Crisis" on March 18th during the Body Mind Life Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center.


He will be speaking to an Artist and Industry class on " Repetitive Stress and Postural Distortions Experienced by Performance Artists (Cause, Care, and Prevention)"  June 8th at McNally Smith School of Music in St. Paul.

Backpack Safety
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Backpack Safety
Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Back to school is an exciting, and sometimes stressful event for our youth.  One way to decrease their stress load, is to make sure they are not weighed down by an overloaded or unproperly fit backpack.  A backpack that is too heavy can cause back, shoulder and/or neck injuries.  This happens because if the pack is too heavy, or worn too low it can force a child to lean slightly backward, placing stress on the neck and back.  This backward pull causes a child to arch their back or bend forward at the hips, which can lead the spine to compress in an unnatural way.  These spinal misalignments can lead to injury, pain and/or other complications in your child's body

At Affordable Neck & Back Pain Relief, Dr. Norlin can make sure your child's backpack is fit on their back correctly.  Patients are encouraged to bring their child with a fully loaded backpack into our clinic, and we can check your child's spine and posture.  It is important that the straps are adjusted for the proper carrying height.  We can also advise you on the maximum weight limit your child should be carrying.  A simple guideline is that they should be carrying no more than 10-15% of their body weight.  And while there here, you may as well get their spine checked, kind of like a tune-up before school starts.  A visit to our clinic can help ensure a successful and healthy start to the school year.

Author:  Michelle Caron

Performing Artists Injuries Auto Accidents & Better Health
Sunday, April 7, 2013

When you think about it, Musicians, Dancers and Actors are just like athletes. They put tremendous stresses on their bodies day in and day out, and are keenly involved in getting an optimal performance; i.e. Win! Whether finely tuned coordinated movements, or explosively dynamic whirls and twirls, peak performance demands are high – and with a price!


These “special athletes” active lifestyles require repetitive physical activity and enormous physical exertions, which are just a part of the normal practice, rehearsal and performance routines they go through. And naturally, all this activity comes along with wear, tear, stress, strain, and occasionally… trauma. The results show up in places like the spine, joints, discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, and sadly disrupt creative output, or worse, shorten and end careers.


A recent example of this is a patient who’s been a drummer for many years. He was a passenger in a friend’s car that was broadsided in an auto accident, resulting in neck, back and shoulder injuries. The most severe injury was to his shoulder, which by way of X-ray and MRI revealed a lot of degenerative arthritis (the repetitive wear & tear of repetitive overuse) and a torn rotator cuff tendon. Chiropractic care, surgical repair, and extensive rehab has all been necessary.


Without too much guess work it was easy too see why the forces of his seatbelt, in combination with the impact, effected this right handed drummer’s right shoulder the way it did. It just couldn’t hold up! Without benefit of preventive and regular Chiropractic adjustments throughout his career, he was just slowly wearing himself down via repetitive stress, causing progressive joint and soft tissue dysfunction and the inevitable arthritic change that follows – all this without obvious symptoms – yet! The car accident just threw him over the edge, and now, unfortunately, he’s paying a bigger price than he, or most, would have ever imagined.


Most injuries and “break downs” are biomechanical in nature. Much can and should be done before entering a weight room, practice field, or practice pad (for drummers ). The Chiropractic biomechanical approach, used for both injury care, and prevention, needs to be at the top of everyone's list to to take care of THE MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT we have! What would better health mean to You? 

Norkomis East Block Party
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Come see us at our booth at the annual Nokomis East Block Party on Sunday September 9th from 11AM-4PM, at the Oxendales' Super Market parking lot between 50th and 51st Streets on 34th Avenue South. There'll be lots of food, fun and prizes. Pick up a "Passport" card at many of the merchant stores on 34th Ave and 50th Street area. Get at least 10 Stamps on the card by visiting the participating businesses between Sept 1-8 to be elligible for prizes dramings on Sept. 9. Drop the card off at the event. Drawings begin at 2:30. You don't to be present to win. We've donated an Orthopedic Pillow as a prise, and will be giving away gift bags while supplis last. We're also scanning feet on our digital computerized scanner. Come join the fun! 

Knee Injuries: Medical Model Vs. Biomechanical Model
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our Minneapolis Chiropractic clinic recently began treating a young St. Paul woman. She was referred to us by another one of our patients who was quite impressed with the comprehensive care she had received for an acute episode of chronic, recurring neck, back and shoulder pain. She had become quite aware of the relevance of her issues to someone who had just had an acute sports injury happen to her knee, and was not too happy with the "standard" medical handling of it. The young woman was in her kick boxing class, kicked with her highly elevated right leg, while balanced on her left leg. One might think it would be the right leg that became injured, but no....it was the left. She was seen in an acute care facilty, had X-rays taken and given prescription medications. When symptoms continued she presented here.
She reported a high level of pain, and the knee was quite inflammed. Acute care measures were instituted, including mobilization of the fixated "stuck" knee joint with a high velocity low impact adjusting instrument, low level "cold" laser with Cryoderm analgesic spray application, support of the joint via kinesiotape, natural antiinflammatory nutritional enzymes, and at-home icing protocols. The acute aspect of her injury was brought under control within a few days, and we had the opportunity to perform a comprehensive biomechanical  exam - our Structural Fingerprint Exam. Rather than just evaluating the patient's knee we looked at her structure from head to toe to evaluate for any joint fixations, structural imbalances, deconditioned (often overworked) musculature and other structural irregularities. We found via weight bearing digital footscanning that she had a very definite left sided whole body weight bearing imbalance along with dropped arches in both feet, and increased "Q"-angles of both knees, more prominently left (a twisting of the knee so as to give it the appearance of buckling). In other words her left knee was alreadry poised to get hurt with the right instigating factors. When she put her whole body weight on it just one more time, it could no longer hold up to the stress, and it "gave way".
Now that she knew all of the factors at play with her injury, along with her desire to continue to want be as athletically active as possible without continuing to injure, she decided to involve herself in our biomechancally oriented corrective program to "fix" all of her biomechanics. In addition to re-training all joint fixated sites, important tools and protocols are being progressively introduced, including custom, flexible orthotics for her dropped arches, a myofascial tool called the "stick" as part of a total muscle management program, specific rehab to off-set structural imbalances and neurologically oriented rehab exercise to improve centers of gravity and score strength. We expect that she will come through allthis great care with a body in much better shape, and able to remain as active as possible for many more years to come....and without injury!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Headaches can be a real pain in the neck, both literally and figuratively speaking.  At Affordable Neck and Back Pain Relief, we are experts at relieving headache and upper neck pain.  Most headaches are neuromusculoskeletal in nature and respond well to chiropractic care.  Headaches can also stem from the soft tissue around your spine. The most common type of care we perform is spinal adjustments.  The misalignments of the upper spine can cause headaches, and our patients often feel relief immediately after the first adjustment. 

It is important to know there are three main types of headaches:  tension, migraine and cluster.  The most common complaint of our patients is tension headaches, which are the everyday headaches that most people have experienced on occasion.  There are believed to be over 300 causes of a tension headache. If they occur more frequently and are considered chronic it may be time to seek treatment. 

Migraine headaches are more intense, and last longer.  Most people seek treatment by the second time they experience one.  We will ask you to keep a headache journal detailing your diet, and other lifestyle factors that may contribute to your migraines.  Common causes may include hormonal changes, stress, sleep distrubances, anxiety and caffeine withdrawal to name a few, but the trigger of your migraine is often hard to detect. 

Cluster headaches occur regularly from one week to a year and are separated by pain free periods of a month or more.  They are usually accompanied by tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose.  These headaches often start while you are sleeping, and the most intense pain can last for a few hours.  The exact cause of cluster headaches in unknown, but is believed to be linked to the release of serotonin in your body. 

Most people try an over the counter medication to relieve their headache pain.  This is fine to do on occasion, and may help with immediate pain relief.  It does not address the reason for the headache, or fix the cause of the headache to keep it from recurring.  If we are your Minnesota chiropractor , we will do our best to treat your current headache, and prevent them from recurring.  You can also visit our website at http://drnorlin.com/index.php?p=89787 for more information on how we can help relieve your headache pain.

Author:  Michelle Caron

Ongoing Speaking Engagements
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dont Forget!

Dr. Norlin will be speaking to an Artist and Industry class on " Repetitive Stress and Postural Distortions Experienced by Performance Artists (Cause, Care, and Prevention)"  June 8th 12:30-1:35 at McNally Smith School of Music in St. Paul.

Important Disc Issues, Biomechanics & Chiropractic
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By age 50, 80-95% of adults show evidence of degenerative disk disease at autopsy. Patients with atherosclerosis ("clogged arteries") are associated with increased disk degeneration and subjective low back pain. Atherosclerosis slows blood flow to the disk complex, which, in turn, leads to degeneration. Morphologic (form and structure) changes in the endplates (the top & bottom surfaces of the bones of the spine) that occur with advancing age or degeneration can interfere with normal disk nutrition and further the spinal degenerative process. Degeneration decreases the ability of the spine to move through a full range of motion, which alters the integrity of the proteoglycans and water concentration, reducing the number of viable cells with decreased movement of solutes in and out of the disk.

Disc issues are "structural" problems. As such, whenever a structural problem presents itself, whether it is pain, spasm or limited range of motion, a thorough biomechanical exam is indicated. This can only be done by someone skilled in that area. The difficulty is finding someone who understands full biomechanics and how to help you get better with your condition. Once you find the right person, the objective for all your body's imbalances, locking, restrictions and abnormalities will be to work towards correction and balance. Once the body improves in motion and balance, everything begins to improve.

In the future, never let pain and restriction be your motivation for finding someone skilled in this area. Start today, as all of us will have some type of biomechanical problems at some point in the future. The body wears out with abnormal wear and tear, and once it's worn out, there's no hope for recovery. But, with a little foresight and preparation, longevity and health are certainly well within the grasp of all of us.

Yours In health ,

Dr. William Norlin


Frozen Shoulder And Asthma
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What do Frozen Shoulder and Asthma have in common? Well...nothing really, except that all body parts are connected to one another in one way or another by way of mechanical/neurological/soft tissue/biochemical and/or functional means. Over the years in practice it seems that certain conditions that patients bring in for care come in waves. Lots of "bad" knees at one time, or ankle problems, or headaches, etc., etc. Right now frozen shoulder & asthma cases are right up there with neck and back problems.

Breathing is a very "mechanical" event, involving the many joints of the rib cage and mid back, along with all the muscles that have to work to breathe e.g. the diaphragm, back, abdominal and intercostal (between the rib) muscles. Its all got to be working smoothly and in harmony. Adjustments, laser and breathing exercises all help I have 2 patients with long-standing asthma doing so much better on our regimen.

Frozen shoulder often seemingly comes on with little provocation, or even spontaneously. Typically when we look into what all is behind the scenes, its "easy" to see that like many problems this one didn't come "out of the blue" either. "Wear & tear" is evident, along with rotator cuff or other soft tissue dysfunction. Some little event just threw it over the edge like the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back. Again, specific adjusting, laser, kinesiotape support, and specific exercise is an excellent regimen.

With any "specific" condition we always operate from the standpoint that all the parts influence all the other parts, so we have to make sure all the parts of that person's neuromusculoskeletal (structural) system are operating well. We check it all, each visit, and correct what's not functioning correctly. This is what is meant as operating from a Biomechanical or comprehensive model rather than the typical Medical or just regional perspective. It only makes sense - its the way the body truly works!

Yours In Health,     Dr. Norlin






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