Herculaneum, MO

Herculaneum, MO

Dry Needling Greater Herculaneum, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of motion in our bodies is preventing us from participating in the activities we love, or even make basic movements like climbing the stairs challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Herculaneum, MO, we are constantly looking for innovative and evidence-backed treatments to help Herculaneum, MO residents recover from their injuries or chronic pain and get back to what they most love doing. Dry needling has proven to be an invaluable tool for many of our patients that relieves pain, softens stiffness, and restores mobility. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, their ailment, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Herculaneum, MO online or find the location closest to you and we will guide you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it might sound to good to be true, with our customized care you will be leaping for joy sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Herculaneum, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to alleviate persistent pain, improve range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a broader treatment plan that can include posture education, manual therapy, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be performed by medical professionals in Herculaneum, MO, such as the professional and experienced 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 referred to as a chronic pain condition that can significantly 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 economical option for Herculaneum, MO residents who are burdened with the increasing cost of medication or have been frustrated by lack of results from other treatments.

We’ve also implemented trigger point dry needling for Herculaneum, MO patients with:

If you’ve been disheartened by treatments that just aren’t working and are wondering if you’ll ever get back to the activities you love, schedule 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? | Herculaneum, 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 segments of damaged knotted or stressed muscles or tissue that limit the flow of blood to that muscle. That means the affected area is not able to heal properly. By lightly puncturing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Herculaneum, MO helps induce an instinctive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to heal the muscle and tissue and return blood flow, oxygen, and crucial nutrients into the area. In addition, 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 causes the brain to release endorphins, the body’s own, homegrown painkiller.

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

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Herculaneum, MO patients don’t even feel them until they get deeper into the muscle. some patients report slight discomfort when the twitch response is induced, but it only lasts for a second and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. Some patients report 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 qualified physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. All of our physical therapists in Herculaneum, MO are skilled professionals with a thorough grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Herculaneum, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. 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 incredibly shallow and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, the needles will remain for a few minutes and penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the most effective way to access harder to reach muscles and tissue. All Axes physical therapy regiments are unique, just like our patients.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Again, that depends on you. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to fully reduce pain and restore mobility. We’ll tailor your experience to you to get you the best outcome possible and effectively get you back to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Will I See Improvements With Dry Needling?

Some Herculaneum, MO patients express 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, invented thousands of years ago, that aims to balance a patient’s flow of energy. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only reached widespread appeal 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 feeling like themselves. If you’d like, we’ll call your insurance company and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Herculaneum, 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 professional and skilled physical in Herculaneum, MO act as part of your team to implement a personalized treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve dedicated our practice to getting the best results for our clients and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that backward kicks on a soccer field, dominating your local pickleball league, or just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Get in touch with an experienced Herculaneum, MO physical therapist online or call the location closest to 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
Mary McKinney
Front Office
Kaila Mikesch
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Eric Meyer
Assistant Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Ernie Goddard
Partner, PT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Emma Witte
Kelly Barnes
Physical Therapist
Jennifer Zweigart
Front Office
Shannon Blum
Nick Baldwin
Front Office


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