Frequently Asked Questions

We are located at 732 East 4th Street, Suite C in downtown Duluth.  We are one block east from Whole Foods Coop.  Our office runs along the popular 4th Street east/west corridor hosting many businesses such the Whole Foods Coop, The Red Door, Board and Brush, Midwest Engine Repair, Ski Hut, and Burrito Union.  There is free loading zone street parking available in front and alongside the building, which is also handicap accessible.  We are within walking distance of the Lakewalk, Leif Erickson Park, Duluth Rose Garden, and Chester Creek Trails.
From North: Take S Hwy 61/London Road to Superior St. Turn Left onto Superior St. Go south on Superior St. about 4 blocks and make a right turn on 8th Ave E (Landmark: Sir Benedicts Tavern).  Continue on 8th Ave E for 4 blocks to 4th Street.  The building will be on your left.

From South I35 (Superior, WI, West Duluth, Proctor, Cloquet areas) take the Mesaba Ave exit.  Follow Mesaba until you reach 4th Street and turn right.  Continue on 4th Street for about 12 blocks.  The building will be on your right.

From further west (Miller Hill, Hermantown, and Hwy 53 W areas) take Hwy 53 E towards Lake Superior, which merges to E. Central Entrance and North 6th Ave E.  Continue down the hill on North 6th Ave E. and turn left at the signal light on E 4th Street.  The office will be one block further east on 4th Street.
Energy Works Myofascial Release does not bill Insurance, however, does accept HSA.   As a Registered Nurse most health insurance companies will not reimburse for my services.  However, there are options to consider:

  • Receipts are available for those who wish to submit expenses to a Flexible Spending Account or HSA.  A physicians referral may be required, so be sure to check your benefit plan.

  • Patients may choose to submit a claim to their health insurance following paid treatment program.  A physicians referral is often required.  There is no gaurantee your insurance will reimburse you for services.

  • If pain or injury is the result of an motor vehicle accident, your Auto-Insurance may cover services.  Check with your carrier for possible coverage arrangements.

Fascial Sweater Analogy "Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater."5 5 John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Website: www.myofascialrelease.com
Restrictions are areas of hardened or tight fascia compressing nerves, organs, and other tissue that lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. Restrictions can occur as a result of surgical scarring, trauma, poor posture, injury and stress and do not show up on standard tests.6  The location and symptom of a restriction may feel hot, hard or tender to the therapist or client or present itself with limited range of motion. 6 John F. Barnes Treatment Centers and Seminars
Much like many programs you start to influence a desired change, weight loss, fitness, etc, more frequent treatment will allow you to see and feel rapid changes in your body.  Chronic pain and dysfunction often occurs following several years of injury or trauma.  For chronic issues, it is recommended that you receive treatment 2-3 times per week in conjunction with self-treatment at home. Myofascial Release is not a quick-fix therapy, but is effective for achieving long-lasting results.  As you start treatment, a minimum of 3-5 visits are recommend to begin to open up fascial restrictions throughout the body.  An assessment will be conducted during your first visit to determine if a more comprehensive treatment program is right for you.
If you are ready to take your control of your pain and dysfunction and are looking for faster results, the "Break Free From Your Pain" programs are designed to accelerate the healing process.  The accelerated treatment programs are conducted over 1-2 weeks and may require continuation for more complex cases.

  • Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water.Glass of water

  • Fascia requires a fluid environment to move freely.

  • Water facilitates elimination of toxins released during treatment.

  • Reduce soreness after treatment.

Which moves easier...a dry sponge or a sponge hydrated with water? The same is true for your tissues.
During a treatment session, a client may feel a spontaneous need to move, stretch, shift, shake, twitch, giggle, cry, etc, all of which are normal.  When your body has the urge to do "something" during a treatment session, you are encouraged to go into those feelings and allow your body to express itself.  It's the body's natural way of processing  and expressing what it needs to heal. Have you ever observed a dog or cat stretch after getting up from a rest?  Stretching, twisting, release of sound, shaking, relief...it's a natural expression of the body.  Let go and allow your body to do what it needs to do.
When tissues are manipulated within the body, whether by direct treatment on an area or through a connection(s) elsewhere in the body, soreness may result.  The soreness is often times referred to as therapeutic pain.  It is not uncommon to have some stiffness or soreness for a day or two following a treatment session.  Not all treatment sessions will result in therapeutic pain, but when it does occur, it is a normal part of the healing process.  Staying hydrated by drinking extra water will help reduce your discomfort.
When tissues are manipulated within the body, there are often times connections to other parts of the body.  Those connections represent other areas of restriction that you will want to self-treat as well as mention to your therapist during your next visit.
Internal treatment of the pelvic floor is beneficial for everyone but particularly therapeutic for pelvic floor dysfunctions including pelvic pain, urinary or fecal incontinence, pain with intercourse, broken or tender tailbone, episiotomy scarring, cesearean or hysterectomy scarring.   If you are unsure if this is right for you, please talk to your therapist. Note:  A physicans prescription for "internal treatment of the pelvic floor" is required if pelvic floor treatment is planned for part of your treatment session.