O’Fallon, MO

O’Fallon, MO

Dry Needling Greater O’Fallon, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of motion in our bodies won’t allows us to engage in the activities we love, or even make ordinary tasks like climbing the stairs difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in O’Fallon, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help O’Fallon, 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, releases tension, and restores mobility. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, their injury, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in O’Fallon, MO online or find the location nearest you and we will shepherd you toward results and a positive outcome you may have never thought possible. While it might sound to good to be true, with our tailored care you will be skipping out the door sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | O’Fallon, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to perforate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to alleviate frequent pain, enhance range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it as part of a broader physical therapy plan along with posture correction, stretching, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be carried out by healthcare professionals in O’Fallon, 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 known as a chronic pain disorder that can affect people for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is an easy and economical option for O’Fallon, MO residents who are burdened with the rising cost of medication or have been frustrated by lackluster results from other treatments.

Trigger point dry needling is also ideal for O’Fallon, MO residents with:

If you’ve been disheartened by treatments that just aren’t producing results and are doubting whether or not 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 treatment regiment with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | O’Fallon, 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 portions of inflamed over-stretched or strained muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That makes recovery more difficult. By gently piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in O’Fallon, MO helps stimulate a natural bodily reaction; the micro-tears tell the body to go into healing mode and return blood flow, oxygen, and crucial nutrients into the area. Also, the needles will prompt a “twitch” response by sending Axons, or nerve fibers, to the affected areathat will make the trigger point less irritable. 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 O’Fallon, MO

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

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 O’Fallon, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. some patients report mild discomfort once the nerve pathways have been activated, but it only lasts for a second and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some dull aches in the pierced muscle or tissue 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 qualified physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. All of our physical and occupational therapists in O’Fallon, MO are 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 plan. At Axes, our O’Fallon, MO physical therapists only develop plans that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. Studies show 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. 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 most effective 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 depends on you. Some patients see significant improvement after one session, while others need five or six sessions to get the full benefit. We’ll personalize your experience to you to get you the maximum benefit and efficiently get you back to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some O’Fallon, 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?

Only in that they use similar needles. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that seeks to balance a patient’s flow of energy. 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 the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. If it’s most convenient for you, we can reach out to your insurance company and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in O’Fallon, 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 O’Fallon, MO act as part of your team to devise a customized treatment plan that we’ve seen be successful with our own eyes. We’ve dedicated our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that running a fast break, biking through the park, or just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Contact an experienced O’Fallon, 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
OTR/L, CHT
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L, CHT
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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