Kimmswick, MO

Kimmswick, MO

Dry Needling Greater Kimmswick, MO. It’s impossible to describe how upsetting it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies keep us from the activities we love, or even make ordinary movements like picking something up off the ground painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Kimmswick, MO, we are constantly looking for innovative and evidence-backed treatments to help Kimmswick, MO residents get back to living pain-free and getting back to the activities they love the most. Dry needling has proven to be a critical tool for many of our patients that eases pain, releases tension, and restores mobility. Our treatment plans are as distinctive as each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Kimmswick, 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 difficult to believe now, with our customized care you will be skipping out the door sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Kimmswick, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to reduce persistent 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 treatment regiment that can include posture correction, exercises, massages, and more. Dry needling should solely be carried out by medical professionals in Kimmswick, MO, such as the licensed and experienced 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 considered a chronic pain condition that can affect people until they find appropriate and effective treatment. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a simple and affordable pain reliever for Kimmswick, MO residents who are burdened with the increasing price of prescription meds or have been frustrated by lackluster results from other treatments.

We’ve also found trigger point dry needling to be effective for Kimmswick, MO patients with:

If you’ve been flummoxed by ineffective treatments in the past and are doubting whether or not 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 licensed physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling could finally be the solution you need to end your chronic pain for good.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Kimmswick, 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 trigger point can either affect a localized area or affect an entire joint or muscle group. Trigger points are portions of inflamed taut or stressed muscles or tissue that restrict the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By gently piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Kimmswick, MO helps induce an intuitive bodily reaction; the micro-tears tell the body to go into healing mode and return blood flow, oxygen, and vital 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 causes the brain to release endorphins, the body’s own, natural painkiller.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Kimmswick, 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 Kimmswick, MO patients don’t even feel them at first. some patients report mild discomfort 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 area for up to a couple days, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by professional physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Kimmswick, MO are skilled professionals with a extensive grasp of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy plan. At Axes, our Kimmswick, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments 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?

The specific dry needling techniques we use will be personalized to your needs. Some piercings will be incredibly shallow and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, the needles will stay in for a few minutes and will go deeper into 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. 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 best outcome possible and effectively return you to the activities that you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Kimmswick, MO patients feel immediate relief, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

Not really. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, practiced for thousands of years, that aims to balance a patient’s flow of energy. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only gained traction 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 live without pain and get back to feeling like themselves. If it’s most convenient for you, we can go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Kimmswick, 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 licensed and experienced physical in Kimmswick, MO act as part of your team to devise a tailored treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve pledged our practice to getting the best results for our clients and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that be sliding into home plate, dominating your local pickleball league, or bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Reach out to a knowledgeable Kimmswick, 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
  • 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
Greg Nicholas
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Jamie Davis
Front Office
Grace Gualtieri
Physical Therapist


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