Chesterfield, MO

Chesterfield, MO

Dry Needling Greater Chesterfield, MO. It’s hard to describe how devastating it can be when pain and lack of motion in our bodies is preventing us from engaging in the activities we love, or even make basic movements like picking something up off the ground painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Chesterfield, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Chesterfield, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Dry needling has proven to be an indispensable tool for many of our patients that relieves pain, releases tension, and restores mobility. Our treatment plans are as distinctive as each client, their ailment, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Chesterfield, 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 might sound to good to be true, with our personalized care you will be skipping out the door sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Chesterfield, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to perforate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to reduce persistent pain, enhance range of motion and return you to normal function and the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapists often include it in a larger treatment regiment that can include posture correction, exercises, massages, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be performed by medical professionals in Chesterfield, MO, such as the licensed and skilled physical 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 considered a chronic pain disorder that can affect people until they find appropriate and effective treatment. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a safe and cost-effective pain reliever for Chesterfield, MO residents who are saddled by the exorbitant cost 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 Chesterfield, MO patients with:

If you’ve been disheartened by unsuccessful treatments in the past 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 licensed physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and evidence-backed physical therapy plan with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Chesterfield, 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 sections of inflamed tensed or strained muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That means the affected area is not able to heal as it needs to. By lightly piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Chesterfield, MO helps prompt a natural response in your nervous system; the micro-tears influence the body to go into healing mode and return blood flow, oxygen, and crucial nutrients into the area. When the tissue is pierced, the needles will prompt 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, the body’s own, homemade pain reliever.

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

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Chesterfield, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. You may feel some light discomfort from the twitch response, but it only lasts for a second and is a signal that dry needling is working. Some patients report some dull aches in the pierced muscle or tissue for the first day or two, but after that, you should start feeling better, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s carried out by experienced physical therapists, yes. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Chesterfield, MO are knowledgeable professionals with a extensive grasp 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 Chesterfield, MO physical therapists only develop plans that have been proven to work through extensive medical and academic studies. 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?

We base that on you, your level of pain, lack of movement, and the affected muscle area. Some piercings will be largely superficial and the needles will only stay in for 15-20 seconds. Other times, the needles will remain for as many as 15 or 20 minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the most effective way to access tissue deep within the muscles. 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. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to fully reduce pain and restore mobility. We’ll tailor your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and safely return you to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

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

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that seeks to balance a person’s “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?

That depends on your particular insurance 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 the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. We are more than happy to go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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

We’ve seen so many patients frustrated by an inability to find pain relief or a return to normal function and activity through medication or other treatments. At Axes, our qualified and experienced physical in Chesterfield, MO act as part of your team to implement a tailored treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. 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 just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Get in touch with a knowledgeable Chesterfield, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Antoinette Ghoston
Front Office
John Teepe
Partner, MPT
Jennifer Szydlowski
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT


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