Murphy, MO

Murphy, MO

Dry Needling Greater Murphy, MO. It’s hard to describe how crippling it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies keep us from the activities we love, or even make basic movements like standing up or sitting down painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Murphy, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and treatments that have been proven through research to help Murphy, MO residents get back to their active lifestyle, or just finally live pain free again. Dry needling has proven to be an invaluable tool for many of our patients that relieves pain, softens stiffness, and restores mobility. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, their injury, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Murphy, MO online or call the location closest to you and we will guide you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. Though it may be hard to believe now, with our customized care you will be sprinting down the court, jogging through the park, or just painlessly going through daily life in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Murphy, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to reduce frequent pain, improve range of motion and return you to normal function and the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapists often use it as part of a holistic physical therapy regiment that can include posture correction, stretching, heat therapy, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be done by healthcare professionals in Murphy, MO, such as the licensed and knowledgeable physical and occupational 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 referred to 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 affordable alternative for Murphy, MO residents who are burdened with the rising cost of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

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

If you’ve been frustrated by treatments that just aren’t producing positive outcomes and are doubting whether or not you’ll ever get back to the lifestyle and routine you love and had grown accustomed to, schedule a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our expert physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and proven physical therapy regiment with Axes.

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

With dry needling, we treat patients by attacking trigger points in the body that are causing pain and lack of mobility. The pain may either be specific to the trigger point, or radiate out to affect an entire joint or muscle group. Trigger points are sections of inflamed tight or stressed muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly puncturing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Murphy, MO helps stimulate an intuitive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to start the healing process and return blood flow, oxygen, and crucial nutrients into the area. Also, the needles will stimulate 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 Murphy, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for shots and vaccines, so many of our Murphy, MO patients don’t even notice them pierce the skin. You may feel some light irritation from the twitch response, but it is incredibly brief and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. Some patients report some soreness in the area for the first day or two, but after that, you should start feeling better, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s carried out by licensed physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. team in Murphy, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a thorough grasp of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Murphy, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices that have been proven to work through extensive medical and academic studies. Studies show 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 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 penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to manipulate 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 fully reduce pain and restore mobility. We’ll tailor your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and effectively get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Murphy, MO patients feel 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 an ancient Chinese medical practice that aims to align a patient’s flow of energy. 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 deserves the professional, personalized, and proven treatment plans they need to improve their quality of life and get back to feeling like themselves. We are more than happy to contact your insurance company and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Murphy, 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 qualified and knowledgeable physical in Murphy, MO work with you as a team to devise a tailored treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve devoted our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that running a fast break, taking a morning job, or just being able to wake up, go to sleep, and in between do what you want to do without feeling any pain. Reach out to a knowledgeable Murphy, 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
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • 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
Grace Gualtieri
Physical Therapist
Shawna Morrow
Front Office


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