Imperial, MO

Imperial, MO

Dry Needling Greater Imperial, MO. It’s impossible to describe how it feels when pain and lack of motion in our bodies keep us from the the things we love doing, or even make daily movements like getting in and out of the car painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Imperial, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help Imperial, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Dry needling has proven to be an indispensable tool for many of our patients that alleviates pain, softens stiffness, and restores mobility. Our treatment plans are as unique as each client, their ailment, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Imperial, MO online or call the location nearest you and we will guide you toward results and a positive outcome you may have never thought possible. Though it may be hard to believe now, with our customized 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? | Imperial, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to puncture the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to alleviate frequent pain, enhance range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a broader physical therapy plan that can include posture correction, stretching, massages, and more. Dry needling should only ever be carried out by healthcare professionals in Imperial, MO, such as the qualified and experienced 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 referred to as a chronic pain condition that can affect people for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is a safe and economical alternative for Imperial, MO residents who are burdened with the rising price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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If you’ve been discouraged by unsuccessful treatments in the past and are wondering if 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 knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists to see if dry needling could finally be the solution you need to end your chronic pain for good.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Imperial, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling works by attacking trigger points in the body that are the root cause of your 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 portions of damaged tensed or stressed muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That means the affected area is not able to heal as it needs to. By lightly stabbing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Imperial, MO helps prompt a natural response in your nervous system; the micro-tears influence the body to heal the muscle and tissue 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.

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

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles typically used at hospitals and doctors’ appointments for injections or blood samples, so many of our Imperial, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. some patients report mild discomfort when the twitch response is induced, 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 the first day or two, but after that, you should start noticing improvements in pain and mobility, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by professional physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Imperial, MO are knowledgeable professionals with a extensive understanding of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive treatment plan. At Axes, our Imperial, MO physical therapists only develop plans that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. Studies have demonstrated that trigger point dry needling effectively reduces pain and improves function.

How Long Do The Needles Stay in For? How Deep They Go?

That depends on you, your level of pain, lack of movement, and the affected body part. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. In other cases, the needles will stay in for a few minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the easiest way to treat 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. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to reap the full benefits. We’ll customize your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and safely get you back to the activities that you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Imperial, MO clients feel immediate relief, while others will need two or three sessions. Rest assured, all of our patients eventually see improvements.

Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, invented thousands of years ago, that aims to align a person’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling is based on 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 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. 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 Imperial, MO are:

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Imperial, 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 professional and skilled physical in Imperial, MO work with you as a team to design a customized treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve committed 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. Reach out to a professional Imperial, 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
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Greg Nicholas
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Jamie Davis
Front Office
Grace Gualtieri
Physical Therapist

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