Hazelwood, MO

Hazelwood, MO

Dry Needling Greater Hazelwood, MO. It’s hard to describe how upsetting it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies is preventing us from participating in the the things we love doing, or even make basic movements like climbing the stairs difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Hazelwood, MO, we are constantly looking for new and treatments that have been proven through research to help Hazelwood, MO residents recover from their injuries or chronic pain and get back to their active lifestyle. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is a beneficial, simple, and essential part of a more comprehensive treatment regiment with us. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, their injury, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Hazelwood, MO online or reach out to the location most convenient for you and we will shepherd you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. Though it may be hard to believe now, with our tailored care you will be skipping out the door in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Hazelwood, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to relieve persistent pain, boost range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often include it in a larger physical therapy regiment along with posture education, stretching, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should solely be done by medical professionals in Hazelwood, MO, such as the qualified and experienced physical therapists at Axes.

Dry needling is often used to treat myofascial pain. “Myofacial” is rooted in Greek, with myo meaning muscles and fascia meaning a “flat band,” or the connective tissue inside and surrounding the muscles. Myofascial pain is known as a chronic pain condition that can affect people until they find appropriate and effective treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is a safe and economical option for Hazelwood, MO residents who are saddled by the exorbitant price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

We’ve also implemented trigger point dry needling for Hazelwood, MO residents with:

If you’ve been frustrated by treatments that just aren’t working and are doubting whether or not you’ll ever get back to the activities you love, schedule a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Hazelwood, 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 sections of damaged tensed or strained muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly piercing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Hazelwood, MO helps stimulate an intuitive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears tell the body to go into healing mode and promote the flow of blood 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.

Dry Needling Hazelwood, MO | Pain Management | Trigger Point Dry Needling Near Hazelwood

Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Hazelwood, 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 Hazelwood, MO patients don’t even notice them pierce the skin. some patients report mild irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it is incredibly brief and is a signal that dry needling is working. You may feel some soreness in the affected region for the first day or two, but after that, you should start feeling better, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by licensed physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. team in Hazelwood, MO is made up of knowledgeable professionals with a thorough grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy plan. At Axes, our Hazelwood, MO physical therapists only develop plans 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?

We base that on you, how severe the pain is, lack of mobility, and the affected body part. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, the needles will remain for as many as 15 or 20 minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the easiest way to treat harder to reach muscles and tissue. All Axes treatment 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 customize your experience to you to get you the maximum benefit and effectively return you to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Hazelwood, 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 technique that aims to align a patient’s flow of energy. Dry needling has its roots in 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 live without pain and get back to feeling like themselves. 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 Hazelwood, MO are:

Dry Needling Hazelwood, MO | Pain Management | Trigger Point Dry Needling Near Hazelwood

Trigger Point Dry Needling in Hazelwood, 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 qualified and knowledgeable physical in Hazelwood, MO work with you as a team to design a customized treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve dedicated 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 go about your day without feeling any pain. Reach out to a professional Hazelwood, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Spine Specialty

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Brandi Arndt
Brett Shelton
John Teepe
Partner, MPT
TJ Jung
Lorinda Gaines
Front Office
Chris Casner
PT, Clinic Director


Begin Your Recovery Today

Injuries and pain shouldn’t keep you from moving and doing the things you love.