St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO

Dry Needling Greater St. Louis, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies won’t allows us to participate in the activities we love, or even make daily tasks like climbing the stairs challenging or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in St. Louis, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and treatments that have been demonstrated through research to help St. Louis, MO residents return to normalcy and get back to the activities they love the most. Dry needling has proven to be an indispensable tool for many of our patients that relieves pain, softens stiffness, and restores mobility. 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 St. Louis, MO online or reach out to the location most convenient for 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 leaping for joy sooner than you think.

What is Dry Needling? | St. Louis, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, uses thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and musculoskeletal tissue in order to alleviate frequent 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 physical therapy plan that can include posture correction, manual therapy, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should exclusively be done by medical professionals in St. Louis, MO, such as the professional and knowledgeable 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 until they find appropriate and effective treatment. In our experience and based on our research, dry needling is an easy and economical pain reliever for St. Louis, MO residents who are saddled by the increasing price of prescription meds or have been frustrated by poor results from other treatments.

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

If you’ve been vexed 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, make an appointment for a free screening for your injury or chronic pain with one of our expert physical and occupational therapists to see if dry needling could finally be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | St. Louis, MO Physical Therapy

With dry needling, we treat patients by attacking trigger points in the body that are causing pain and lack of mobility. The pain may either be specific to the trigger point, or radiate out to affect an entire region of your body. Trigger points are sections of inflamed tensed 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 St. Louis, MO helps prompt an instinctive response in your nervous system; the micro-tears tell the body to start the healing process and promote the flow of blood and essential nutrients into the area. Also, the needles will induce a “twitch” response by initiating a nerve pathway that can change the biochemical makeup of the trigger point. That causes the brain to release endorphins, the body’s own, homegrown painkiller.

Dry Needling St. Louis, MO | Pain Management | Trigger Point Dry Needling Near St. Louis

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

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles that physical therapists use in dry needling are eight times thinner than needles used for shots and vaccines, so many of our St. Louis, MO patients don’t even notice them until they get deeper into the muscle. You may feel some mild discomfort when the twitch response is induced, but it lasts for less than two seconds and is a signal that dry needling is working. Some patients report some soreness in the affected region for up to a couple days, but after that, you should start feeling the beneficial effects, if not earlier.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

When it’s conducted by qualified physical therapists, there is nothing to worry about. team in St. Louis, MO is made up of knowledgeable 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. Louis, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments 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, how severe the pain is, lack of movement, and the affected tissue. Some piercings will be incredibly shallow 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 will go deeper into the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to treat tissue deep within the muscles. All Axes physical therapy regiments are unique, just like our patients.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Again, that depends on you. Most patients need anywhere from one to six sessions to reap the full benefits. We’ll customize your plan to you to get you the maximum benefit and efficiently get you back to the activities that are most important to you.

How Quickly Will I See Results With Dry Needling?

Some St. Louis, MO patients can feel improvements right away, 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?

This is a common misconception, but no. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique, invented thousands of years ago, that seeks to align a person’s flow of energy. 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 deserves the professional, personalized, and proven treatment plans they need to improve their quality of life and get back to feeling like themselves. If you’d like, we’ll go over your insurance plan and investigate how much coverage you can receive.

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

Dry Needling St. Louis, MO | Pain Management | Trigger Point Dry Needling Near St. Louis

Trigger Point Dry Needling in St. Louis, 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 and occupational in St. Louis, MO work with you as a team to design a tailored treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve dedicated our practice to positive patient outcomes 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 go about your day without feeling any pain. Contact a knowledgeable St. Louis, 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
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy (Coming Early 2024)
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Throwing Athlete Rehabilitation Specialist (TARS)
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Running Gait Analysis with DorsaVi (Coming Soon October 2023
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Zac Schniers
PT, DPT, CMPT
Ashley Kraus
Front Office

Locations

Begin Your Recovery Today

Injuries and pain shouldn’t keep you from moving and doing the things you love.