St. George, MO

St. George, MO

Dry Needling Greater St. George, MO. It’s impossible 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 getting in and out of the car difficult or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in St. George, MO, we are constantly looking for new and treatments that have been demonstrated through research to help St. George, 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, easy, and vital part of their larger treatment regiment with us. All of our treatment plans are personalized for each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the activity level they’re striving to get back to. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in St. George, MO online or reach out to the location closest to you and we will guide you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it might sound to good to be true, 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? | St. George, 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 alleviate chronic pain, enhance range of motion and return you to normal function and the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapists often include it in a broader treatment plan that can include posture correction, stretching, massages, and more. Dry needling should solely be done by medical professionals in St. George, MO, such as the licensed and experienced 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 referred to as a chronic pain disorder that can drastically limit people in their daily lives for months or even years. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is a simple and cost-effective alternative for St. George, MO residents who are saddled by the rising cost of medication or have been frustrated by lackluster results from other treatments.

We’ve also implemented trigger point dry needling for St. George, MO patients with:

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, make an appointment for a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our qualified physical and occupational therapists to learn if dry needling can be implemented into a comprehensive and proven treatment plan with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | St. George, 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 segments of damaged tight or strained muscles or tissue that restrict the flow of blood to that muscle. That means the affected area is not able to heal properly. By gently stabbing or tearing damaged muscles or tissue, your Axes physical therapist in St. George, MO helps stimulate an instinctive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears signal the body to start the healing process and return blood flow, oxygen, and critical nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will induce 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 feel-good hormone.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Trigger Point Dry Needling in St. George, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used in dry needling are eight times thinner than needles used for shots and vaccines, so many of our St. George, MO patients don’t even feel them until they get deeper into the muscle. You may feel some slight discomfort 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 soreness in the pierced muscle or tissue for the first day or two, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if you haven’t already.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s performed by licensed physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. team in St. George, MO is made up of skilled professionals with a deep grasp of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Without a doubt, especially when combined with other pain management and mobility techniques. At Axes, our St. George, MO physical therapists only use techniques and practices that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive research. Studies have demonstrated 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, your level of pain, lack of mobility, and the affected region. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. Other times, the needles will remain for as many as 15 or 20 minutes and will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to treat 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 maximum benefit and safely return you to doing what you love most.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some St. George, MO clients obtain immediate relief, while others have to wait a day or two after their first appointment.

Isn’t Dry Needling Just the Same as Acupuncture?

Not really. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, practiced for thousands of years, that seeks to balance a person’s “life force.” Dry needling has its roots in 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 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. If you’d like, we’ll go over your insurance plan and see if dry needling is covered.

Some of the other services we offer in St. George, MO are:

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in St. George, 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 qualified and experienced physical in St. George, MO act as part of your team to implement a customized treatment plan with a proven track record of success. We’ve committed our practice to positive patient outcomes and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that hitting a home run on your local softball team, biking through the park, or bending down and picking up your grandkids without feeling any pain. Reach out to a knowledgeable St. George, 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

Our Team

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

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