Parkway, MO

Parkway, MO

Dry Needling Greater Parkway, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies won’t allows us to engage in the activities we love, or even make daily tasks like reaching for something on the top shelf painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Parkway, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Parkway, MO residents get back to living pain-free and getting back to what they most love doing. Dry needling has proven to be an irreplaceable tool for many of our patients that alleviates pain, softens stiffness, 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 Parkway, MO online or reach out to the location closest to you and we will shepherd 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 skipping out the door sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Parkway, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to reduce chronic pain, boost range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often include it in a larger treatment plan that can include posture correction, exercises, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should solely be performed by healthcare professionals in Parkway, MO, such as the licensed and skilled physical 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 considered a chronic pain condition that can affect people until they find appropriate and effective treatment. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a safe and affordable alternative for Parkway, MO residents who are saddled by the exorbitant cost of medication or have been frustrated by lack of results from other treatments.

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If you’ve been vexed by ineffective treatments in the past and are wondering if 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 knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists to see if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Parkway, 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 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 taut or strained muscles or tissue that inhibit the flow of blood to that muscle. That makes recovery more difficult. By lightly puncturing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Parkway, MO helps stimulate an intuitive 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 stimulate a “twitch” response by sending Axons, or nerve fibers, to the affected areathat will make the trigger point less irritable. That tells the brain to release endorphins, the body’s own, homemade painkiller.

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

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

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 Parkway, MO patients don’t even notice them at first. You may feel some mild irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it is incredibly brief and is a signal that dry needling is working. Some patients report some dull aches in the pierced muscle or tissue for up to a couple days, 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 professional physical therapists, yes. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Parkway, MO are skilled professionals with a thorough grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Parkway, MO physical therapists only develop plans that have been proven to work through 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?

That depends on you, how severe the pain is, lack of movement, and the affected region. Some piercings will be largely superficial 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 penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to access 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 we will make a personalized recommendation based on your needs. Some patients see significant improvement after one session, while others need five or six sessions to get the full benefit. We’ll customize your plan to you to get you the best outcome possible and safely return you to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Parkway, MO patients can feel the process working 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 align a person’s “life force.” Dry needling has its roots in Western medicine and has only become popular in the last couple decades.

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 live without pain and get back to living the life they want. We are more than happy to reach out to your insurance company and determine if physical therapy is included in your coverage.

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Parkway, 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 professional and knowledgeable physical and occupational in Parkway, MO work with you as a team to design a personalized treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. 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, biking through the park, 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 professional Parkway, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR)

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Stephen Brunjes
Danielle O’Rando
Front Office
Sharon Titter
Clinic Director, MPT


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