Welcome to Energy Works Myofascial Release!

“I help active men and women enhance their health and well-being, improve mobility, and avoid unnecessary surgery.” 

I specialize in treating chronic scar tissue issues and women’s health.

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 Duluth, MN




I’m Ruth Backlund, Owner and Founder of Energy Works Myofascial Release. As an RN and Expert Level John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist, I use a clinically comprehensive whole body approach to healing.  Myofascial release (MFR) is a gentle and effective hands-on therapy that applies myofascial stretching to eliminate pain, restore range of motion, and function when other treatments modalities have been temporary or ineffective. My goal is to help you achieve physical and emotional health and well-being by facilitating your healing journey, teaching self-care techniques, and enable you to sustain long-lasting relief so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.

Energy Works Myofascial Release is conveniently located in downtown Duluth with plenty of on-street parking. We offer a spacious and comfortable treatment room to enhance your healing experience. 

Our Team

Ruth Backlund, RN, BSN, Owner, MFR Therapist
Kari Hufnagle, Office Manager

Are You Tired of Any of the Following?

Relax, Refresh, Renew

* Having chronic pain and being told you need to live with it?

* Not being able to enjoy the activities you used to enjoy?

* Seeking medical attention that does not relieve your symptoms?

* Being told there is nothing wrong with you or your loved one yet you continue to suffer?

* Taking pain pills just to make it through the day?

“Feel the Pain, Look Elsewhere for the Cause”

Discover how treating the whole body is more effective than treating localized areas of the body where symptoms are present or masking symptoms with pain medication. MFR is successful in helping relieve or eliminate symptoms from a variety of problems.  More often then not, the cause of pain or dysfunction comes from one or more areas of the body, not just the area where the symptoms are present.  The “symptom” is the culmination of past trauma, repetitive use and abuse, emotional, and structural changes where the body can no longer compensate effectively. Skeleton of the man with the backbone

Does Pain Control Your Life? Do Any of These Apply to You?

Myofascial Release is Effective in Treating Many Common And Complex Problems.  Let Myofascial Release Help You Return To The Activities You Love.

This is a list of common problems associated with the upper, mid, and lower back.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Low Back Pain                                       Sciatica

Bulged or Herniated Disc                    Spondylosis

Post-Surgical Back Pain                       Back Strain2014-11-06 23.46.50

Pinched Nerve                                        Tight and Stiff

Knots in Shoulders and Back              Sway Back (Lordosis)

Hump Back (Kyphosis)                        Sports Injury

Surgical Scars Restriction                    Scoliosis

Hypersensitivity                                     Tight Rib Cage

3d rendered illustration - pain neckThis is a list of common problems associated with the head and neck.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Headaches                                              Migraines

Neck Pain                                               Difficulty Swallowing

TMJ Problems                                        Ear Pain

Ringing in Ears (Tinnitis)                    Pinched Nerve

Popping and Clicking of Jaw              Tight Shoulders

Limited Ability to Turn the Head or Neck

This is a list of common problems associated with the upper and lower extremeties and joints, including hands, feet, arms, legs, knees, hips, ankles, etc.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Tendonitis                                               Bursitis

Tight Hamstrings                                   Sports Injury

Carpal Tunnel                                         Shoulder PainSkeleton of the man with the backbone - pain shoulder

Hip Pain                                                   Contractures

Limping                                                    Frozen Shoulder

Arthritis                                                    Sciatica

Knee Pain                                                 Plantar Fascitis

Tight Quads                                             IT Band Soreness

Hypersensitive or Tight Adductors (Inner Thigh)

Decreased Flexibility                            Decreased Range of Motion

Tennis Elbow                                          Sore Wrists
This is a list of common problems associated with decreased mobility, restricted movement, or loss of flexibility.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Surgical Scars                                        Frozen Shoulder

Pain While Walking                              Sports Injurypainful hip joint

Contractures                                           Limping

Limited Ability to Turn or Tilt Head

Limited Torso Rotation                        Shortened Stride

Restricted Flexion or Extension         Stiff Gait

Limited Ability to Expand Rib Cage

This is a list of common problems associated with the bladder, bowel, male and female anatomy, pelvic floor pain or dysfunction.  Symptoms can result from physical or emotional trauma.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Incontinence                                          Pelvic Pain/Dysfunction

C-Section Scars                                      Hysterectomy Scars2014-11-07 21.45.27

Painful Intercourse                               Sexual Trauma

Groin Pain                                              Painful Coccyx (tail-bone)

History of Broken Tail-Bone              Painful Episiotomy Scars

Hypersensitivity                                    Constipation

This is a list of common problems and symptoms associated with the joints causing pain or altered mobility.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Tendonitis                                               Surgical Scars

Bursitis                                                    Sports Injury2014-11-06 23.38.11

Carpal Tunnel                                        Shoulder Pain

TMJ Problems                                       Hip Pain

Contractures                                          Limping

Frozen Shoulder                                   Sciatica

Knee Pain                                              Arthritis

Repetitive Injuries

This is a list of non-specific issues or problems that can impact the entire body.

This is not an all inclusive list:


Abdominal Scar Tissue                        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome                   skeleton

Fibromyalgia                                         Repetitive Injuries

Sports Injury                                         Stress

Decreased Flexibility                          Emotional Restrictions

Whiplash                                               Automobile Accident Pain

Arms or Legs Fall Asleep                   Stiffness

Breast Pain                                           Hypersensitivity


Read my story and see how Myofascial Release can make a difference and help you break free from the pain!