Sappington, MO

Sappington, MO

Dry Needling Greater Sappington, MO. It’s hard to describe how upsetting it can be when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies won’t allows us to participate in the activities we love, or even make ordinary tasks like picking something up off the ground painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Sappington, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and evidence-backed treatments to help Sappington, 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 an effective, effortless, and essential part of a more comprehensive treatment regiment with us. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Sappington, MO online or find the location nearest you and we will guide you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it may be tough to believe now, with our customized care you will be sprinting down the field, riding your bike, or just painlessly going through daily life sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | Sappington, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to perforate the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to alleviate persistent pain, enhance range of motion and return you to the physical lifestyle your used to. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a holistic treatment plan along with posture correction, manual therapy, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should only ever be performed by healthcare professionals in Sappington, MO, such as the professional 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 considered a chronic pain disorder that can greatly limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. We’ve found that dry needling is a simple and affordable option for Sappington, MO residents who are burdened with the rising price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

Trigger point dry needling is also ideal for Sappington, MO patients with:

If you’ve been discouraged 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 knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling could finally be the solution you need to end your chronic pain for good.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Sappington, 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 trigger point can either affect a localized area or affect an entire region of your body. 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 piercing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Sappington, MO helps prompt an instinctive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears influence the body to heal the muscle and tissue and promote the flow of blood and essential nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will stimulate a “twitch” response by initiating a nerve pathway that can change the biochemical makeup of the trigger point. That tells 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 Sappington, MO

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Sappington, MO patients don’t even sense them until they get deeper into the muscle. You may feel some slight irritation when the twitch response is induced, but it lasts for less than two seconds and shows that the desired effect is already taking hold. You may feel some soreness in the affected region for 24 to 48 hours, but after that, you should start noticing improvements in pain and mobility, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s performed by experienced physical therapists, yes. All of our physical and occupational therapists in Sappington, MO are skilled professionals with a deep understanding of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and safe practices.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive physical therapy plan. At Axes, our Sappington, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive medical and academic studies. Studies show the advantages 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?

That depends on you, how severe the pain is, lack of mobility, and the affected body part. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, 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 only way to access 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 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 personalize your experience to you to get you the maximum benefit and efficiently get you back to the activities that you love most.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some Sappington, MO patients find immediate relief, while others will need two or three sessions. Rest assured, all of our patients eventually see improvements.

Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?

Only in that they use similar needles. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, invented thousands of years ago, that aims to balance a patient’s “life force.” Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only been widely used in the last several decades.

Will My Insurance Cover Dry Needling?

That depends on your specific insurance plan. At Axes, we believe everyone should have access to the effective and evidence-backed physical therapy they need to improve their quality of life and get back to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. We are more than happy to go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Sappington, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

Many of our patients come to us after months or even years of pain and mobility issues that just won’t go away, even after extensive treatment. At Axes, our professional and experienced physical and occupational in Sappington, MO act as part of your team to design a tailored treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve pledged our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that be sliding into home plate, dominating your local pickleball league, or just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Get in touch with an experienced Sappington, MO physical therapist online or call the location nearest 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
  • 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
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Certified Wellness Coaching

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Stephen Brunjes
Brian Wahlig
Front Office Supervisor
Sarah Schroeder
MOTR/L, CHT, Astym Cert
Mandy Carter
Ray Bauer
Clinic Director, MSPT, CMPT


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