Defiance, MO

Defiance, MO

Dry Needling Greater Defiance, MO. It’s hard to describe how debilitating it can be when pain and lack of motion in our bodies won’t allows us to engage in the the things we love doing, or even make ordinary movements like climbing the stairs challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Defiance, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help Defiance, 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 beneficial, simple, and essential part of a more comprehensive treatment regiment with us. We tailor all of our physical therapy services specifically to each client, their ailment, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Defiance, MO online or reach out to the location most convenient for you and we will guide you toward results and a positive outcome you may have never thought possible. Though it may be difficult to believe now, with our customized care you will be sprinting down the court, jogging through the park, or just painlessly going through daily life in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Defiance, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to alleviate chronic pain, enhance 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 comprehensive treatment plan along with posture correction, manual therapy, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be performed by medical professionals in Defiance, 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 known as a chronic pain condition that can affect people until they find proven and successful treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is a simple and economical alternative for Defiance, MO residents who are burdened with the increasing cost of prescription meds or have been frustrated by lack of results from other treatments.

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

If you’ve been vexed by treatments that just aren’t working and are wondering if 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 qualified physical and occupational therapists to see if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Defiance, 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 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 tight or irritated muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That makes recovery more difficult. By gently stabbing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Defiance, MO helps induce an intuitive bodily reaction; the micro-tears influence the body to start the healing process and return blood flow, oxygen, and essential nutrients into the area. Also, 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, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

The needles used in dry needling are eight times thinner than needles typically used at hospitals and doctors’ appointments for injections or blood samples, so many of our Defiance, MO patients don’t even feel them at first. some patients report light irritation from the twitch response, but it lasts for less than two seconds and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some dull aches in the area for up to a couple days, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s carried out by licensed physical therapists, yes. team in Defiance, MO is made up of knowledgeable professionals with a thorough understanding of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive treatment plan. At Axes, our Defiance, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive medical and academic studies. Studies have demonstrated 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 personalized to your needs. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will only stay in for 15-20 seconds. Other times, the needles will stay in for a few minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to treat 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. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to reap the full benefits. We’ll personalize your plan to you to get you the best outcome possible and efficiently get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Defiance, MO patients express immediate relief, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

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 align a person’s “life force.” Dry needling has its roots in Western medicine and has only reached widespread appeal in the last two or three 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 improve their quality of life and get back to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. If it’s most convenient for you, we can call your insurance company and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Defiance, 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 qualified and skilled physical and occupational in Defiance, MO act as part of your team to develop a personalized treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve devoted our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that hitting a home run on your local softball team, taking a morning job, or bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Get in touch with a knowledgeable Defiance, 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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