Webster Groves, MO

Webster Groves, MO

Dry Needling Greater Webster Groves, MO. It’s hard to describe how it feels when pain and lack of mobility in our bodies is preventing us from engaging in the the things we love doing, or even make daily movements like standing up or sitting down painful or even impossible. At Axes Physical Therapy in Webster Groves, MO, we are constantly looking for cutting edge and treatments that have been proven through research to help Webster Groves, 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 valuable, easy, and essential part of a more comprehensive treatment plan with us. We tailor all of our physical therapy services specifically to each client, the pain or injury that’s affecting them, and the life they want to live. Contact Axes Physical Therapy in Webster Groves, MO online or find the location closest to you and we will shepherd you away from chronic pain and back to the activities you love. While it may be tough to believe now, with our tailored care you will be leaping for joy in no time.

What is Dry Needling? | Webster Groves, MO Physical Therapy

Dry needling, also referred to as trigger point dry needling, employs thin filiform needles to pierce the skin and underlying muscles and connective tissue in order to alleviate persistent pain, enhance range of motion and return you to feeling like you again. Physical therapists often use it to amplify the effects of a broader physical therapy regiment along with posture correction, manual therapy, electrical stimulation, and more. Dry needling should only ever be performed by medical professionals in Webster Groves, MO, such as the professional 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 condition that can significantly limit people in their daily lives until they find proven and effective treatment. We’ve found that dry needling is an easy and economical alternative for Webster Groves, MO residents who are burdened with the rising price of medication or have not seen their symptoms improve with other treatments.

We’ve also found trigger point dry needling to be effective for Webster Groves, MO patients with:

If you’ve been disheartened 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, 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 evidence-backed physical therapy regiment with Axes.

How Does Dry Needling Work? | Webster Groves, 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 trigger point can either affect a localized area or affect an entire joint or muscle group. Trigger points are sections of damaged knotted or stressed muscles or tissue that inhibit the flow of blood to that muscle. That means the affected area is not able to heal as it needs to. By softly puncturing or tearing the knots in your tissue, your Axes physical therapist in Webster Groves, MO helps prompt a natural bodily reaction; the micro-tears signal the body to start the healing process and return blood flow, oxygen, and vital nutrients into the area. In addition, the needles will prompt a “twitch” response by sending Axons, or nerve fibers, to the affected areathat will make the trigger point less irritable. 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 Webster Groves, MO

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The needles used to penetrate your muscles are eight times thinner than needles used for injections, so many of our Webster Groves, MO patients don’t even sense them at first. You may feel some faint discomfort once the nerve pathways have been activated, but it lasts for less than two seconds and indicates that your body is initiating the desired response. You may feel some dull aches in the area 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 performed by professional physical therapists, there is absolutely no risk. team in Webster Groves, MO is made up of knowledgeable professionals with a thorough grasp of the human body.

Is Dry Needling Really Effective?

Absolutely, especially when it is part of a larger, comprehensive treatment regiment. At Axes, our Webster Groves, MO physical therapists only recommend treatments that we know are effective because of our experience and extensive medical and academic studies. 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?

We base that on you, your level of pain, lack of function, and the affected tissue. Some piercings will not go very deep and the needles will be consistently moved and changed out. In other cases, the needles will remain for a few minutes and go to the core of the muscle, as often dry needling is the only way to access harder to reach muscles and tissue. All Axes treatment regiments are unique, just like our patients.

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 experience to you to get you the best outcome possible and effectively return you to the activities that matter most to you.

How Quickly Does Dry Needling Work?

Some Webster Groves, MO clients express immediate relief, 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 an ancient Chinese medical technique that seeks to balance a person’s “chi,” or vital life force. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and has only gained traction in the last several decades.

Will My Insurance Cover Dry Needling?

That depends on your particular insurance plan. At Axes, we believe everyone deserves the professional, personalized, and proven treatment plans they need to live without pain and get back to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to. If it’s easiest for you, we can reach out to your insurance company and see if dry needling is covered.

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

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in Webster Groves, 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 skilled physical in Webster Groves, MO act as part of your team to develop a personalized treatment plan that research and experience tells us is effective. We’ve committed our practice to reducing and eliminating pain, restoring mobility, and getting you back to the activities you love most, whether that hitting a home run on your local softball team, dominating your local pickleball league, or just being able to go about your day without feeling any pain. Contact a knowledgeable Webster Groves, 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
  • 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

Stephen Brunjes
Scott Gallant
Stacey Collins
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Stephanie Heubi
Front Office


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