Clearwater, MO

Clearwater, MO

Dry Needling Greater Clearwater, MO. It’s impossible to describe how debilitating it can be when pain and lack of motion in our bodies keep us from the activities we love, or even make basic tasks like climbing the stairs difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Clearwater, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Clearwater, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Dry needling has proven to be a critical tool for many of our patients that relieves pain, softens stiffness, and restores mobility. All of our treatment plans are personalized for 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 Clearwater, MO online or reach out to the location most convenient for 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 tailored care you will be skipping out the door in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Clearwater, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to relieve persistent pain, boost range of motion and return you to normal function and the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a broader physical therapy plan that can include posture education, stretching, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be performed by medical professionals in Clearwater, MO, such as the qualified and experienced 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 known as a chronic pain disorder that can affect people for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is an easy and cost-effective option for Clearwater, MO residents who are burdened with the exorbitant price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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

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

Dry needling works 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 region of your body. Trigger points are sections of inflamed knotted or irritated muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That means the affected area is not able to heal properly. By softly stabbing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Clearwater, MO helps prompt an instinctive bodily reaction; the micro-tears signal the body to go into healing mode and return blood flow, oxygen, and critical nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will stimulate a “twitch” response by sending Axons, or nerve fibers, to the affected areathat will make the trigger point less irritable. That that communication to the brain releases endorphins, the body’s own, natural feel-good hormone.

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

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles that physical therapists use in dry needling are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Clearwater, MO patients don’t even notice them until they get deeper into the muscle. some patients report slight irritation once the nerve pathways have been activated, but it lasts for less than two seconds and is a signal that dry needling is working. You may feel some dull aches in the affected region 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 professional physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. team in Clearwater, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a deep grasp of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive treatment regiment. At Axes, our Clearwater, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. Studies show the benefits 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?

That depends on you, your level of pain, lack of function, and the affected body part. Some piercings will be largely superficial 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 treat 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 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 tailor your plan to you to get you the best outcome possible and safely get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Clearwater, MO clients can feel improvements right away, while others may have to wait a day, or may not feel the benefits until their second session.

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, invented thousands of years ago, that aims to balance a person’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling has its roots in 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 should have access to the effective and evidence-backed physical therapy they need to live without pain and get back to living the life they want. We are more than happy to go over your insurance plan and see if dry needling is covered.

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Clearwater, 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 skilled physical in Clearwater, MO work with you as a team to design 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. Contact a knowledgeable Clearwater, 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
  • 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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