Crystal City, MO

Crystal City, MO

Dry Needling Greater Crystal City, MO. It’s hard to describe how crippling it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies won’t allows us to engage in the the things we love doing, or even make ordinary tasks like picking something up off the ground difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Crystal City, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Crystal City, MO residents get back to living pain-free and getting back to their active lifestyle. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is a successful, effortless, and vital part of a more comprehensive treatment plan with us. Our treatment plans are as distinctive 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 Crystal City, MO online or reach out to the location nearest you and we will guide you toward true pain relief and freedom of mobility. 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? | Crystal City, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to relieve chronic pain, improve range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a larger physical therapy regiment that can include posture education, stretching, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should only ever be performed by healthcare professionals in Crystal City, MO, such as the qualified and experienced 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 considered a chronic pain condition that can greatly limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is a safe and economical pain reliever for Crystal City, MO residents who are saddled by the increasing price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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If you’ve been discouraged 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 knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists to see if dry needling could finally be the solution you need to end your chronic pain for good.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Crystal City, 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 trigger point can either affect a localized area or affect an entire region of your body. Trigger points are portions of inflamed tight or stressed muscles or tissue that restrict the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By lightly puncturing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Crystal City, MO helps induce a natural bodily reaction; the micro-tears influence the body to go into healing mode and promote the flow of blood and essential nutrients into the area. Also, the needles will stimulate 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, the body’s own, homemade feel-good hormone.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Crystal City, 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 Crystal City, MO patients don’t even feel them at first. You may feel some light discomfort from the twitch response, but it lasts for less than two seconds and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. You may feel 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 not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s carried out by experienced physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. team in Crystal City, 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 combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Crystal City, MO physical therapists only develop plans that we know are effective because of our experience and 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, how severe the pain is, lack of movement, and the affected body part. Some piercings will be largely superficial and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, the needles will stay in for a few minutes and go to the core of the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to treat harder to reach muscles and tissue. All Axes treatment regiments 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 reap the full benefits. We’ll tailor your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and safely get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Crystal City, 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.

Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, practiced for thousands of years, that aims to balance a person’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only recently become widely used by physical therapists and other medical professionals.

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 living the life they want. We are more than happy to call your insurance company and determine if physical therapy is included in your coverage.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Crystal City, 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 knowledgeable physical and occupational in Crystal City, MO act as part of your team to devise a personalized treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve dedicated our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that backward kicks on a soccer field, biking through the park, or just being able to wake up, go to sleep, and in between do what you want to do without feeling any pain. Get in touch with a knowledgeable Crystal City, 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
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy/Concussion Management
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
Mary McKinney
Front Office
Kaila Mikesch
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Eric Meyer
Assistant Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Ernie Goddard
Partner, PT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Emma Witte
Kelly Barnes
Physical Therapist
Jennifer Zweigart
Front Office
Shannon Blum
Nick Baldwin
Front Office


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