Kirkwood, MO

Kirkwood, MO

Dry Needling Greater Kirkwood, 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 daily tasks like getting in and out of the car painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Kirkwood, MO, we are constantly looking for innovative and evidence-backed treatments to help Kirkwood, MO residents get back to living pain-free and getting back to what they most love doing. Dry needling has proven to be an invaluable tool for many of our patients that alleviates pain, releases tension, and restores mobility. Our treatment plans are as unique as each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Kirkwood, MO online or find the location closest to you and we will shepherd you toward results and a positive outcome you may have never thought possible. Though it may be tough to believe now, with our customized care you will be leaping for joy sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Kirkwood, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to alleviate persistent pain, boost range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often include it in a larger treatment regiment along with posture education, exercises, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should solely be performed by healthcare professionals in Kirkwood, MO, such as the professional and skilled 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 known as a chronic pain condition that can affect people for months or even years. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a safe and economical option for Kirkwood, MO residents who are saddled by the increasing price of prescription meds or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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

If you’ve been flummoxed by treatments that just aren’t producing positive outcomes 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 learn if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

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

With dry needling, we treat patients 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 sections of damaged taut or irritated muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That means the affected area is not able to heal properly. By gently stabbing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Kirkwood, MO helps prompt an instinctive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears influence the body to heal the muscle and tissue and return blood flow, oxygen, and critical nutrients into the area. Also, the needles will prompt 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, homegrown feel-good hormone.

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

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles that physical therapists use 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 Kirkwood, MO patients don’t even notice them until they get deeper into the muscle. some patients report slight irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it is incredibly brief and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some dull aches in the area 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 carried out by professional physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. team in Kirkwood, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a extensive understanding of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Kirkwood, MO physical therapists only develop plans that have been proven to work through extensive medical and academic studies. 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 not go very deep 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 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 we will make a personalized recommendation based on your needs. 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 best outcome possible and safely get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Kirkwood, MO clients get 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 seeks to align a patient’s “chi,” or vital life force. 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?

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 the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. We are more than happy to call your insurance company and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Kirkwood, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

Many of our patients come to us after months or even years of pain and mobility issues that just won’t go away, even after extensive treatment. At Axes, our licensed and skilled physical and occupational in Kirkwood, MO act as part of your team to devise a personalized treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve dedicated our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that running a fast break, dominating your local pickleball league, or just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Get in touch with a knowledgeable Kirkwood, MO physical therapist online or call the location nearest 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
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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