Lake St. Louis, MO

Lake St. Louis, MO

Dry Needling Greater Lake St. Louis, MO. It’s impossible to describe how devastating it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies is preventing us from participating in the the things we love doing, or even make basic movements like standing up or sitting down challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Lake St. Louis, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Lake St. Louis, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is an effective, effortless, and important part of a more comprehensive treatment plan with us. Our treatment plans are as distinctive as each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Lake St. Louis, MO online or call the location most convenient for 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 skipping out the door in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Lake St. Louis, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to perforate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to relieve frequent pain, boost range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it as part of a larger physical therapy regiment that can include posture correction, stretching, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should only ever be done by healthcare professionals in Lake St. Louis, MO, such as the licensed and knowledgeable 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 disorder that can affect people until they find appropriate and effective treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is a simple and cost-effective option for Lake St. Louis, MO residents who are burdened with the increasing cost of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

Trigger point dry needling is also ideal for Lake St. Louis, MO patients with:

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

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Lake St. Louis, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling works 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 sections of inflamed knotted or irritated muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly stabbing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Lake St. Louis, MO helps stimulate an intuitive bodily reaction; the micro-tears tell the body to heal the muscle and tissue and promote the flow of blood and crucial nutrients into the area. When the tissue is pierced, the needles will stimulate 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 Lake St. Louis, 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 Lake St. Louis, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. some patients report mild irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it only lasts for a second and is a signal that dry needling is working. Some patients report some dull aches in the area for 24 to 48 hours, but after that, you should start feeling better, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s performed by professional physical therapists, yes. team in Lake St. Louis, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a thorough grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive treatment regiment. At Axes, our Lake St. Louis, MO physical therapists only develop plans that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. Studies have demonstrated the benefits 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 tailored to your needs. Some piercings will be incredibly shallow 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 only way to access tissue deep within the muscles. All Axes treatment plans are unique, just like our patients.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Again, that we will make a personalized recommendation based on your needs. 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 personalize your experience to you to get you the best outcome possible and efficiently return you to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Lake St. Louis, MO clients find immediate relief, 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 a traditional Chinese medical technique, practiced for thousands of years, that aims to align a patient’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 live without pain and get back to living the life they want. If it’s easiest for you, we can call your insurance company and see if dry needling is covered.

Some of the other services we offer in Lake St. Louis, MO are:

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Lake St. Louis, 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 experienced physical in Lake St. Louis, MO act as part of your team to design a tailored 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 hitting a home run on your local softball team, dominating your local pickleball league, or just being able to wake up, go to sleep, and in between do what you want to do without feeling any pain. Get in touch with an experienced Lake St. Louis, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy Coming Soon
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Julie Freiner
Matt Williams
Brian Freund
Partner, DPT, CMPT, TPS, MBA
Kaysie Cope
Front Office
Lauren Vaughn
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Kelly Thornton
Clinic Director, PT, DPT


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