Preston Woods, MO

Preston Woods, MO

Dry Needling Greater Preston Woods, MO. It’s impossible to describe how it feels when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies is preventing us from participating in the the things we love doing, or even make ordinary tasks like standing up or sitting down challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Preston Woods, MO, we are constantly looking for new and evidence-backed treatments to help Preston Woods, MO residents return to normalcy and get back to their active lifestyle. Many of our patients have found that dry needling is a valuable, effortless, and essential part of a more comprehensive physical therapy plan with us. Our treatment plans are as distinctive as each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Preston Woods, MO online or call the location closest to 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 customized 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? | Preston Woods, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to relieve frequent pain, improve range of motion and return you to normal function and the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a comprehensive physical therapy plan along with posture correction, exercises, massages, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be performed by medical professionals in Preston Woods, MO, such as the licensed and skilled 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 significantly limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is a safe and economical alternative for Preston Woods, MO residents who are saddled by the increasing price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

We’ve also implemented trigger point dry needling for Preston Woods, MO patients with:

If you’ve been discouraged by treatments that just aren’t working 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 experienced physical and occupational therapists to discover if dry needling can be implemented into a holistic and proven treatment regiment with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Preston Woods, MO Physical Therapy

With dry needling, we treat patients 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 portions of inflamed tight or strained muscles or tissue that restrict blood flow to that area and surrounding areas. That means the affected area is not able to heal as it needs to. By gently piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Preston Woods, MO helps induce an intuitive bodily reaction; the micro-tears influence the body to start the healing process and promote the flow of blood and vital 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 Preston Woods, MO

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

The needles that physical therapists use 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 Preston Woods, MO patients don’t even feel them pierce the skin. You may feel some mild irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it is incredibly brief and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. 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 not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by professional physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. team in Preston Woods, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a extensive understanding of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our Preston Woods, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. 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 tailored to your needs. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. In other cases, the needles will stay in for as many as 15 or 20 minutes and penetrate deep into the muscle, as often dry needling is the most effective way to manipulate 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 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 tailor your experience 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 Preston Woods, MO clients get 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?

Not really. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that aims to balance a patient’s “chi,” or vital life force. 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?

Insurance plans all vary, so we can’t know until we look at your personal 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 living the life they want. If you’d like, we’ll go over your insurance plan and determine if physical therapy is included in your coverage.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Preston Woods, 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 licensed and knowledgeable physical in Preston Woods, MO act as part of your team to devise a personalized treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve pledged our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that backward kicks on a soccer field, 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. Contact a professional Preston Woods, 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 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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