Black Jack, MO

Black Jack, MO

Dry Needling Greater Black Jack, MO. It’s hard to describe how devastating it can be when pain and lack of motion in our bodies won’t allows us to engage in the activities we love, or even make daily movements like standing up or sitting down challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Black Jack, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and treatments that have been proven through research to help Black Jack, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is a beneficial, easy, and essential part of their larger treatment regiment with us. Our treatment plans are as unique as each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Black Jack, MO online or call the location closest to you and we will shepherd you toward results and a positive outcome you may have never thought possible. While it might sound to good to be true, with our personalized care you will be leaping for joy sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Black Jack, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to reduce persistent pain, boost range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a holistic physical therapy plan that can include posture education, exercises, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should only ever be carried out by healthcare professionals in Black Jack, MO, such as the licensed and skilled physical and occupational therapists at Axes.

Dry needling is often used to treat myofascial pain. “Myofacial” comes from Greek, with myo meaning muscles and fascia meaning a “flat band,” or the connective tissue inside and surrounding the muscles. Myofascial pain is referred to as a chronic pain condition that can affect people until they find proven and effective treatment. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is an easy and economical alternative for Black Jack, MO residents who are saddled by the increasing price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

We’ve also found trigger point dry needling to be effective for Black Jack, MO residents with:

If you’ve been frustrated by unsuccessful treatments in the past and are doubting whether or not you’ll ever get back to the activities you love, schedule a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our expert physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and evidence-backed treatment regiment with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Black Jack, 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 joint or muscle group. Trigger points are sections of damaged knotted or irritated muscles or tissue that limit the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly piercing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Black Jack, MO helps stimulate a natural response in your nervous system; the micro-tears influence the body to start the healing process and promote the flow of blood and critical nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will prompt a “twitch” response by initiating a nerve pathway that can change the biochemical makeup of the trigger point. That that communication within the nervous system releases endorphins, the body’s own, natural pain reliever.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Black Jack, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Black Jack, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. You may feel some light irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it lasts for less than two seconds and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some soreness in the area for the first day or two, but after that, you should start feeling better, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by experienced physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. team in Black Jack, MO is made up of knowledgeable professionals with a extensive grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive treatment plan. At Axes, our Black Jack, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments that have been proven to work through extensive research. Studies show that trigger point dry needling effectively reduces pain and improves function.

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

The specific dry needling techniques we use will be tailored to your needs. Some piercings will be incredibly shallow and the needles will only stay in for 15-20 seconds. In other cases, the needles will stay in for as many as 15 or 20 minutes and penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the easiest way to access tissue deep within the muscles. Your entire experience at Axes will be based exclusively on what is best for you.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Again, that depends on you. Depending on your injury or pain and how your body heals, you could need anywhere from one to six sessions to get the most out of dry needling. We’ll personalize your plan to you to get you the best outcome possible and safely get you back to the activities that you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Improvements With Dry Needling?

Some Black Jack, MO patients get immediate relief, while others may have to wait a day, or may not feel the benefits until their second session.

Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?

Only in that they use similar needles. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that aims to balance a person’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only become popular in the last couple decades.

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 should have access to the effective and evidence-backed physical therapy they need to improve their quality of life and get back to living the life they want. If it’s easiest for you, we can go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Black Jack, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

Many of our patients come to us as their last resort because, after all sorts of medication and other treatments, they still just can’t find relief. At Axes, our professional and experienced physical and occupational in Black Jack, MO act as part of your team to devise a customized treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve pledged our practice to getting the best results for our clients and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that running a fast break, taking a morning job, or bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Reach out to a knowledgeable Black Jack, MO physical therapist online or call the location closest to you.

Services Offered

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

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Brandi Arndt
Brett Shelton
John Teepe
Partner, MPT
TJ Jung
Lorinda Gaines
Front Office
Chris Casner
PT, Clinic Director


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