Cottleville, MO

Cottleville, MO

Dry Needling Greater Cottleville, MO. It’s impossible to describe how crippling 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 basic movements like standing up or sitting down difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Cottleville, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Cottleville, 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 successful, effortless, and important part of their larger treatment regiment with us. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, their ailment, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Cottleville, MO online or reach out to the location closest to you and we will shepherd you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it might sound to good to be true, with our customized care you will be leaping for joy sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Cottleville, 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 reduce persistent pain, boost range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often include it in a comprehensive physical therapy plan along with posture education, stretching, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should only ever be carried out by medical professionals in Cottleville, MO, such as the qualified 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 referred to as a chronic pain disorder that can greatly limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is a simple and affordable alternative for Cottleville, MO residents who are saddled by the exorbitant cost of prescription meds or have been frustrated by lack of results from other treatments.

We’ve also implemented trigger point dry needling for Cottleville, MO patients with:

If you’ve been frustrated by unsuccessful treatments in the past and are wondering if you’ll ever get back to the lifestyle and routine you love and had grown accustomed to, make an appointment for a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our expert physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and proven treatment regiment with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Cottleville, 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 trigger point can either affect a localized area or affect an entire joint or muscle group. Trigger points are sections of inflamed over-stretched or stressed muscles or tissue that impede the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Cottleville, MO helps prompt a natural bodily reaction; the micro-tears influence the body to start the healing process and promote the flow of blood and critical nutrients into the area. When the tissue is pierced, the needles will induce a “twitch” response by sending Axons, or nerve fibers, to the affected areathat will make the trigger point less irritable. That causes 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 Cottleville, 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 Cottleville, MO patients don’t even notice them at first. some patients report light irritation from the twitch response, but it is incredibly brief and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some dull aches in the affected region for 24 to 48 hours, but after that, you should start feeling better, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s done by qualified physical therapists, yes. team in Cottleville, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a extensive understanding of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Cottleville, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive medical and academic studies. 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, how severe the pain is, lack of mobility, and the affected region. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, the needles will remain for a few minutes and penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the easiest 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 we will make a personalized recommendation based on your needs. 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 experience 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 Cottleville, MO clients get immediate relief, 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 seeks to align a person’s “life force.” Dry needling has its roots in Western medicine and has only been widely used in the last several decades.

Will My Insurance Cover Dry Needling?

That depends on your specific insurance 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. If you’d like, we’ll reach out to your insurance company and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Cottleville, 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 licensed and skilled physical in Cottleville, MO work with you as a team to develop a tailored treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve dedicated our practice to getting the best results for our clients 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 wake up, go to sleep, and in between do what you want to do without feeling any pain. Reach out to a knowledgeable Cottleville, 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
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTYM)
  • Spine Specialty – Manual Therapy Certified
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Amanda Long
John Ruesler
Clinic Director, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Megan Phillips
Front Office
Megan Mason
Hannah Drake
Kayla Kowal
Heather Guffey
Front Office


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