Festus, MO

Festus, MO

Dry Needling Greater Festus, MO. It’s impossible to describe how upsetting it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies is preventing us from engaging in the the things we love doing, or even make daily movements like standing up or sitting down painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Festus, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help Festus, MO residents return to normalcy and get back to their active lifestyle. Dry needling has proven to be an indispensable tool for many of our patients that alleviates pain, softens stiffness, and restores mobility. 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 Festus, 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 tailored care you will be skipping out the door sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Festus, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to reduce persistent pain, improve range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a holistic treatment regiment that can include posture correction, exercises, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should solely be performed by medical professionals in Festus, MO, such as the licensed and knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists at Axes.

Dry needling is often used to treat myofascial pain. “Myofacial” comes from Greek, with myo meaning muscles and fascia meaning a “flat band,” or the connective tissue inside and surrounding the muscles. Myofascial pain is referred to as a chronic pain disorder that can drastically limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a simple and affordable alternative for Festus, MO residents who are saddled by the rising price of prescription meds or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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If you’ve been vexed by treatments that just aren’t producing positive outcomes and are getting anxious to get back to the activities you love, 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 could finally be the solution you need to end your chronic pain for good.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Festus, 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 region of your body. Trigger points are portions of inflamed tight or irritated muscles or tissue that impede the flow of blood to that muscle. That means the affected area is not able to heal as it needs to. By lightly puncturing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Festus, MO helps prompt an intuitive bodily reaction; the micro-tears signal the body to heal the muscle and tissue and return blood flow, oxygen, and critical nutrients into the area. When the tissue is pierced, the needles will prompt a “twitch” response by sending Axons, or nerve fibers, to the affected areathat will make the trigger point less irritable. That that communication within the nervous system releases endorphins, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Festus, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. You may feel some faint discomfort once the nerve pathways have been activated, but it lasts for less than two seconds and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. You may feel some dull aches in the pierced muscle or tissue 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 professional physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Festus, MO are knowledgeable professionals with a extensive understanding of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy regiment. At Axes, our Festus, 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 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 be largely superficial and the needles will only stay in for 15-20 seconds. In other cases, the needles will remain for as many as 15 or 20 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 depends on you. 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 efficiently return you to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Festus, MO patients can feel the process working right away, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?

Only in that they use similar needles. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that seeks to balance a patient’s flow of energy. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only become popular in the last several decades.

Will My Insurance Cover Dry Needling?

Insurance plans all vary, so we can’t know until we look at your personal 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. We are more than happy to go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Festus, 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 knowledgeable physical in Festus, MO act as part of your team to develop a tailored treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve devoted our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that be sliding into home plate, 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. Reach out to a knowledgeable Festus, 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
OTR/L, CEAS
Mary McKinney
Front Office
Kaila Mikesch
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Eric Meyer
Assistant Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Haley Finnegan
OTR/L, CHT
Ernie Goddard
Partner, PT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Emma Witte
PTA, ASTYM Cert.
Kelly Barnes
Physical Therapist
Jennifer Zweigart
Front Office
Shannon Blum
PTA, ATC
Nick Baldwin
Front Office

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