Mackenzie, MO

Mackenzie, MO

Dry Needling Greater Mackenzie, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of motion in our bodies is preventing us from engaging in the activities we love, or even make basic tasks like climbing the stairs difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Mackenzie, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help Mackenzie, MO residents get back to living pain-free and getting back to the activities they love the most. Dry needling has proven to be an invaluable tool for many of our patients that relieves pain, releases tension, 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 Mackenzie, MO online or find the location closest to 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 tailored 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? | Mackenzie, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses 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 feeling like you again. Physical therapists often include it in a broader physical therapy plan along with posture correction, exercises, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should only ever be performed by medical professionals in Mackenzie, MO, such as the professional and knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists at Axes.

Dry needling is often used to treat myofascial pain. “Myofacial” is rooted in Greek, with myo meaning muscles and fascia meaning a “flat band,” or the connective tissue inside and surrounding the muscles. Myofascial pain is known as a chronic pain disorder that can significantly limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a safe and economical option for Mackenzie, MO residents who are burdened with the exorbitant price of medication or have been frustrated by poor results from other treatments.

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

If you’ve been disheartened by treatments that just aren’t producing positive outcomes and are wondering if you’ll ever 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 see if dry needling can be implemented into a comprehensive and evidence-backed physical therapy plan with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Mackenzie, 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 region of your body. Trigger points are segments of damaged knotted or strained muscles or tissue that impede the flow of blood to that muscle. That means the affected area is not able to heal as it needs to. By gently puncturing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Mackenzie, MO helps stimulate an intuitive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears tell the body to go into healing mode and return blood flow, oxygen, and essential 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, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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

Is Dry Needling Painful?

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 Mackenzie, MO patients don’t even feel them until they get deeper into the muscle. You may feel some light discomfort once the nerve pathways have been activated, but it only lasts for a second and is a signal that dry needling is working. You may feel some soreness in the affected region for up to a couple days, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s performed by professional physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. All of our physical therapists in Mackenzie, MO are skilled professionals with a extensive grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy regiment. At Axes, our Mackenzie, 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?

We base that on you, how severe the pain is, lack of movement, and the affected tissue. Some piercings will be incredibly shallow and the needles will only stay in for 15-20 seconds. In other cases, the needles will stay in 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. 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. 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 tailor your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and safely return you to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Mackenzie, MO clients get 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, invented thousands of years ago, that aims to balance a patient’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling has its roots in 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 living the life they want. If it’s easiest for you, we can go over your insurance plan and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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

We’ve seen so many patients frustrated by an inability to find pain relief or a return to normal function and activity through medication or other treatments. At Axes, our professional and knowledgeable physical in Mackenzie, MO work with you as a team to implement a tailored treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve committed 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 just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Reach out to a professional Mackenzie, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • 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

Stephen Brunjes
Scott Gallant
Stacey Collins
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Stephanie Heubi
Front Office


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