Park Hills, MO

Park Hills, MO

Dry Needling Greater Park Hills, MO. It’s impossible to describe how it feels when pain and lack of motion in our bodies won’t allows us to participate in the the things we love doing, or even make daily tasks like climbing the stairs challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Park Hills, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and treatments that have been proven through research to help Park Hills, 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 a successful, effortless, and important part of a more comprehensive treatment plan with us. Our treatment plans are as distinctive as each client, their ailment, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Park Hills, 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 may be difficult to believe now, with our personalized care you will be sprinting down the court, riding your bike, or just painlessly going through daily life sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Park Hills, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to perforate the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to relieve persistent pain, improve range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a holistic physical therapy regiment that can include posture correction, stretching, massages, and more. Dry needling should only ever be carried out by healthcare professionals in Park Hills, MO, such as the qualified and skilled 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 considered a chronic pain disorder that can affect people for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is a safe and cost-effective option for Park Hills, MO residents who are saddled by the exorbitant price of prescription meds or have been frustrated by lackluster results from other treatments.

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

If you’ve been vexed by treatments that just aren’t producing results and are getting anxious to 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 discover if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Park Hills, 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 damaged knotted or stressed muscles or tissue that limit the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By softly piercing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Park Hills, MO helps prompt an intuitive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears tell the body to start the healing process 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 that communication to the brain releases endorphins, which naturally reduces pain and even improves happiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in Park Hills, 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 Park Hills, MO patients don’t even sense them pierce the skin. You may feel some faint discomfort from the twitch response, but it is incredibly brief and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. Some patients report some dull aches in the affected region for the first day or two, but after that, you should start noticing improvements in pain and mobility, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s performed by experienced physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Park Hills, 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 Park Hills, MO physical therapists only develop plans that we know are effective because of our experience and 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?

That depends on you, your level of pain, lack of mobility, and the affected region. Some piercings will be largely superficial and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. In other cases, the needles will remain for a few minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to manipulate tissue deep within the muscles. All Axes treatment regiments 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 customize your experience 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 Park Hills, MO clients can feel improvements right away, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, invented thousands of years ago, that aims to balance a person’s “life force.” Dry needling has its roots in Western medicine and has only been widely used in the last couple 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 live without pain and get back to living the life they want. We are more than happy to go over your insurance plan and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Park Hills, 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 skilled physical in Park Hills, MO act as part of your team to develop a tailored treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve pledged 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 an experienced Park Hills, MO physical therapist online or call the location closest to you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
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    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Occupational Therapy
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  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
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  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
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  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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