Earth City, MO

Earth City, MO

Dry Needling Greater Earth City, MO. It’s hard to describe how upsetting 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 getting in and out of the car difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Earth City, MO, we are constantly looking for innovative and evidence-backed treatments to help Earth City, 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 eases pain, releases tension, and restores mobility. Our treatment plans are as unique as each client, their injury, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Earth City, MO online or call the location closest to you and we will shepherd you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. Though it may be difficult to believe now, with our tailored care you will be sprinting down the court, riding your bike, or just painlessly going through daily life in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Earth City, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to perforate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to relieve frequent pain, enhance range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it as part of a broader treatment regiment along with posture education, stretching, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should solely be done by healthcare professionals in Earth City, MO, such as the licensed 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 effective treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is an easy and economical pain reliever for Earth City, MO residents who are burdened with the increasing price of prescription meds or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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If you’ve been vexed by ineffective treatments in the past and are doubting whether or not you’ll ever get back to the activities you love, make an appointment for a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our experienced physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and proven physical therapy plan with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Earth City, MO Physical Therapy

With dry needling, we treat patients 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 region of your body. Trigger points are segments of damaged tensed or stressed muscles or tissue that impede the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By lightly piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Earth City, MO helps induce an intuitive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to go into healing mode and return blood flow, oxygen, and essential 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, homemade pain reliever.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Earth City, 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 Earth City, MO patients don’t even notice them pierce the skin. some patients report light discomfort when the twitch response is induced, but it only lasts for a second and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. You may feel some dull aches in the area for up to a couple days, but after that, you should start feeling better, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s carried out by licensed physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. All of our physical therapists in Earth City, MO are knowledgeable professionals with a deep grasp of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Earth City, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices that have been proven to work through 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?

The specific dry needling techniques we use will be personalized 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 go to the core of the muscle, as often dry needling is the easiest way to access 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 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 tailor your experience to you to get you the best outcome possible and efficiently return you to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Earth City, MO patients get immediate relief, 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?

Only in that they use similar needles. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, practiced for thousands of years, that seeks to align a person’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling has its roots in Western medicine and has only become popular in the last couple 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 living the life they want. If you’d like, we’ll go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Earth City, 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 knowledgeable physical in Earth City, MO work with you as a team to design a customized treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve pledged 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 bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Get in touch with a knowledgeable Earth 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
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Astym)
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Candace Cunningham
Clinic Director, PT, DPT
Abigail Alsmeyer
Front Office


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