Dardenne Prairie, MO

Dardenne Prairie, MO

Dry Needling Greater Dardenne Prairie, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies keep us from the the things we love doing, or even make basic tasks like reaching for something on the top shelf difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Dardenne Prairie, MO, we are constantly looking for innovative and evidence-backed treatments to help Dardenne Prairie, 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 alleviates 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 Dardenne Prairie, MO online or find 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 personalized care you will be leaping for joy sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Dardenne Prairie, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to alleviate chronic pain, boost range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a comprehensive physical therapy plan along with posture education, manual therapy, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should solely be done by medical professionals in Dardenne Prairie, MO, such as the professional and knowledgeable physical 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 drastically limit people in their daily lives until they find appropriate and effective treatment. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a simple and economical alternative for Dardenne Prairie, MO residents who are saddled by the rising cost of medication or have been frustrated by poor results from other treatments.

We’ve also found trigger point dry needling to be effective for Dardenne Prairie, MO residents with:

If you’ve been vexed by treatments that just aren’t producing positive outcomes and are doubting whether or not you’ll ever 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 expert physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling can be implemented into a comprehensive and evidence-backed treatment plan with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Dardenne Prairie, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling works by attacking trigger points in the body that are causing pain and lack of mobility. 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 damaged over-stretched 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 lightly piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Dardenne Prairie, MO helps prompt an intuitive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to go into healing mode 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 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, natural painkiller.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Dardenne Prairie, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used in dry needling are eight times thinner than needles used for shots and vaccines, so many of our Dardenne Prairie, MO patients don’t even notice them at first. You may feel some mild discomfort from the twitch response, but it lasts for less than two seconds and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. Some patients report some soreness in the area for the first day or two, but after that, you should start noticing improvements in pain and mobility, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by experienced physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. team in Dardenne Prairie, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a deep grasp of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy regiment. At Axes, our Dardenne Prairie, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments 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?

The specific dry needling techniques we use will be tailored to your needs. Some piercings will be largely superficial and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. In other cases, the needles will stay in for a few minutes and penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to access 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. Some patients see significant improvement after one session, while others need five or six sessions to get the full benefit. We’ll personalize your experience to you to get you the best outcome possible and effectively return you to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Will I See Improvements With Dry Needling?

Some Dardenne Prairie, MO clients can feel improvements right away, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that aims to align a patient’s flow of energy. Dry needling has its roots in Western medicine and has only been widely used in the last couple decades.

Will My Insurance Cover Dry Needling?

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

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Dardenne Prairie, 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 Dardenne Prairie, MO work with you as a team to develop a customized treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve dedicated our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that be sliding into home plate, biking through the park, or bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Reach out to a professional Dardenne Prairie, 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 Coming Soon
  • 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

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Julie Freiner
Matt Williams
Brian Freund
Partner, DPT, CMPT, TPS, MBA
Kaysie Cope
Front Office
Lauren Vaughn
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Kelly Thornton
Clinic Director, PT, DPT


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