Howell, MO

Howell, MO

Dry Needling Greater Howell, MO. It’s hard to describe how devastating it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies is preventing us from engaging in the activities we love, or even make daily movements like picking something up off the ground painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Howell, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and treatments that have been demonstrated through research to help Howell, MO residents recover from their injuries or chronic pain and get back to what they most love doing. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is a beneficial, effortless, and essential part of their larger physical therapy regiment with us. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Howell, MO online or call the location nearest you and we will shepherd you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While 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 sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Howell, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to alleviate persistent pain, improve range of motion and return you to normal function and the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapists often include it in a holistic treatment plan that can include posture correction, stretching, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be done by medical professionals in Howell, MO, such as the licensed and skilled physical 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 considered a chronic pain condition that can affect people until they find proven and effective treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is a simple and economical option for Howell, MO residents who are burdened with the rising price of prescription meds or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

Trigger point dry needling is also ideal for Howell, MO residents with:

If you’ve been disheartened by ineffective treatments in the past and are getting anxious to get back to the lifestyle and routine you love and had grown accustomed to, make an appointment for a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our qualified physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Howell, 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 sections of inflamed taut or irritated muscles or tissue that impede the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By lightly piercing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Howell, MO helps induce a natural bodily reaction; the micro-tears tell the body to start the healing process and return blood flow, oxygen, and critical nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will induce a “twitch” response by initiating a nerve pathway that can change the biochemical makeup of the trigger point. That tells the brain to release endorphins, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Howell, 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 Howell, MO patients don’t even notice them at first. some patients report light discomfort when the twitch response is induced, but it only lasts for a second and is a signal that dry needling is working. You may feel some dull aches in the pierced muscle or tissue for 24 to 48 hours, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s performed by qualified physical therapists, yes. team in Howell, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a deep 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 Howell, MO physical therapists only develop plans that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. Studies show the advantages 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 only stay in for 15-20 seconds. Other times, the needles will remain for as many as 15 or 20 minutes and go to the core of the muscle, as often dry needling is the most effective way to treat tissue deep within the muscles. 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. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to fully reduce pain and restore mobility. We’ll tailor your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and safely get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Improvements With Dry Needling?

Some Howell, MO clients can feel improvements 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 technique that seeks to balance a person’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?

That depends on your specific insurance plan. At Axes, we believe everyone deserves the professional, personalized, and proven treatment plans they need to improve their quality of life and get back to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. If it’s easiest for you, we can contact your insurance company and determine if physical therapy is included in your coverage.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Howell, 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 and occupational in Howell, MO act as part of your team to develop a tailored treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve pledged our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, 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. Contact an experienced Howell, 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
    • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTYM)
  • Spine Specialty – Manual Therapy Certified
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Amanda Long
John Ruesler
Clinic Director, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Megan Phillips
Front Office
Megan Mason
Hannah Drake
Kayla Kowal
Heather Guffey
Front Office


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