Arnold, MO

Arnold, MO

Dry Needling Greater Arnold, MO. It’s impossible to describe how it feels when pain and lack of motion in our bodies keep us from the the things we love doing, or even make basic movements like reaching for something on the top shelf painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Arnold, MO, we are constantly looking for innovative and treatments that have been proven through research to help Arnold, MO residents return to normalcy and get back to their active lifestyle. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is a valuable, easy, and essential part of their larger physical therapy regiment with us. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, their injury, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Arnold, MO online or reach out to the location nearest you and we will guide you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it may be tough to believe now, with our personalized care you will be skipping out the door sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Arnold, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to alleviate persistent pain, improve range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often include it in a broader physical therapy plan that can include posture education, manual therapy, massages, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be performed by medical professionals in Arnold, MO, such as the professional and skilled physical and occupational therapists at Axes.

Dry needling is often used to treat myofascial pain. The root myo refers to your muscles, while fascia refers to the connective tissue between the muscles. Myofascial pain is known as a chronic pain condition that can drastically limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a safe and cost-effective alternative for Arnold, MO residents who are saddled by the rising cost of medication or have been frustrated by lackluster results from other treatments.

Trigger point dry needling is also ideal for Arnold, MO patients with:

If you’ve been flummoxed by ineffective treatments in the past and are getting anxious to get back to the activities you love, make an appointment for a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling could finally be the solution you need to end your chronic pain for good.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Arnold, MO Physical Therapy

With dry needling, we treat patients by attacking trigger points in the body that are the root cause of your pain and lack of mobility. The pain may either be specific to the trigger point, or radiate out to affect an entire region of your body. Trigger points are segments of damaged knotted or irritated muscles or tissue that impede the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly stabbing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Arnold, MO helps prompt an instinctive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to heal the muscle and tissue and return blood flow, oxygen, and essential nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will induce a “twitch” response by initiating a nerve pathway that can change the biochemical makeup of the trigger point. That tells the brain to release endorphins, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Arnold, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for shots and vaccines, so many of our Arnold, MO patients don’t even notice them at first. You may feel some faint irritation once the nerve pathways have been activated, but it only lasts for a second and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. Some patients report some dull aches in the pierced muscle or tissue for 24 to 48 hours, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s done by qualified physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Arnold, MO are skilled professionals with a extensive grasp of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy plan. At Axes, our Arnold, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices that have been proven to work through extensive research. Studies show the advantages trigger point dry needling can have for people with injuries or chronic pain.

How Long Do The Needles Stay in For? How Deep They Go?

The specific dry needling techniques we use will be personalized to your needs. Some piercings will be incredibly shallow and the needles will only stay in for 15-20 seconds. Other times, the needles will remain for a few minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the most effective way to access harder to reach muscles and tissue. All Axes physical therapy plans are unique, just like our patients.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Again, that we will make a personalized recommendation based on your needs. Some patients see significant improvement after one session, while others need five or six sessions to get the full benefit. We’ll customize your experience to you to get you the best outcome possible and effectively return you to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Arnold, MO clients can feel the process working right away, while others will need two or three sessions. Rest assured, all of our patients eventually see improvements.

Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that aims to align a patient’s flow of energy. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only recently become widely used by physical therapists and other medical professionals.

Will My Insurance Cover Dry Needling?

Insurance plans all vary, so we can’t know until we look at your personal plan. At Axes, we believe everyone deserves the professional, personalized, and proven treatment plans they need to improve their quality of life and get back to living the life they want. If you’d like, we’ll go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

Some of the other services we offer in Arnold, MO are:

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Arnold, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

Many of our patients come to us after months or even years of pain and mobility issues that just won’t go away, even after extensive treatment. At Axes, our professional and experienced physical and occupational in Arnold, MO work with you as a team to implement a tailored treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve committed our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that running a fast break, biking through the park, or just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Get in touch with an experienced Arnold, MO physical therapist online or call the location nearest you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Greg Nicholas
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Jamie Davis
Front Office
Grace Gualtieri
Physical Therapist

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