Bonne Terre, MO

Bonne Terre, MO

Dry Needling Greater Bonne Terre, MO. It’s hard to describe how devastating it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies won’t allows us to participate in the the things we love doing, or even make daily tasks like standing up or sitting down difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Bonne Terre, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help Bonne Terre, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Dry needling has proven to be an irreplaceable tool for many of our patients that alleviates pain, releases tension, and restores mobility. Our treatment plans are as distinctive as each client, their injury, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Bonne Terre, MO online or reach out to the location most convenient for you and we will guide you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it may be difficult to believe now, with our personalized care you will be sprinting down the field, jogging through the park, or just painlessly going through daily life sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Bonne Terre, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to reduce chronic pain, enhance range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often include it in a broader physical therapy plan along with posture education, manual therapy, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should solely be done by medical professionals in Bonne Terre, MO, such as the licensed and experienced physical and occupational therapists at Axes.

Dry needling is often used to treat myofascial pain. “Myofacial” is rooted in Greek, with myo meaning muscles and fascia meaning a “flat band,” or the connective tissue inside and surrounding the muscles. Myofascial pain is known as a chronic pain disorder that can greatly limit people in their daily lives until they find appropriate and successful treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is a simple and affordable alternative for Bonne Terre, MO residents who are saddled by the exorbitant price of prescription meds or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

We’ve also found trigger point dry needling to be effective for Bonne Terre, MO patients with:

If you’ve been disheartened by treatments that just aren’t working and are getting anxious to get back to the lifestyle and routine you love and had grown accustomed to, schedule a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our experienced physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and evidence-backed treatment plan with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Bonne Terre, MO Physical Therapy

With dry needling, we treat patients by focusing on specific areas or regions, known as trigger points, that are the root cause of limiting pain. The pain may either be specific to the trigger point, or radiate out to affect an entire joint or muscle group. Trigger points are portions of inflamed over-stretched or stressed muscles or tissue that limit the flow of blood to that muscle. That means the affected area is not able to heal properly. By lightly piercing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Bonne Terre, MO helps stimulate a natural response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to start the healing process and promote the flow of blood and critical nutrients into the area. Also, the needles will induce a “twitch” response by initiating a nerve pathway that can change the biochemical makeup of the trigger point. That that communication to the brain releases endorphins, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Bonne Terre, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles typically used at hospitals and doctors’ appointments for injections or blood samples, so many of our Bonne Terre, MO patients don’t even notice them at first. some patients report light discomfort from the twitch response, but it is incredibly brief and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some soreness in the pierced muscle or tissue for the first day or two, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by professional physical therapists, yes. team in Bonne Terre, MO is made up of knowledgeable professionals with a extensive understanding of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Bonne Terre, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices 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. Other times, the needles will remain for a few minutes and penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the most effective way to manipulate harder to reach muscles and tissue. 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. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to reap the full benefits. We’ll personalize your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and safely get you back to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Will I See Improvements With Dry Needling?

Some Bonne Terre, MO patients find immediate relief, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

Only in that they use similar needles. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, practiced for thousands of years, that aims to align 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 live without pain and get back to feeling like themselves. If it’s most convenient for you, we can reach out to your insurance company and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Bonne Terre, 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 licensed and experienced physical and occupational in Bonne Terre, MO act as part of your team to devise a tailored treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve pledged our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that backward kicks on a soccer field, dominating your local pickleball league, or bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Reach out to a knowledgeable Bonne Terre, MO physical therapist online or call the location most convenient for you.

Services Offered

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

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Stephen Brunjes
Cassandra Wadlow
Front Office
Dena Rose
Anthony Meyer
Derrick Wolk
Partner, Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
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Front Office Supervisor
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Front Office


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