Massage Therapy Specialist

Empower Medical Center

Medical Center located in Lee’s Summit, MO

Relief from pain, anxiety, and depression are just a few benefits of therapeutic massage. The licensed massage therapists at Empower Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, offer all types of massage therapy, including Swedish and trigger point massage. To make massage therapy part of your pain management plan, call or book an appointment online today.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy involves manual manipulation of your soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and connective tissue). The massage therapists at Empower Medical Center often use their hands to apply pressure or gentle stroking motions to your muscles through your skin. They may also use handheld instruments, like a small roller, depending on your specific needs.

There are many theories on how massage therapy works, including blocking pain perception, stimulating the release of feel-good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, and increasing blood flow. Massage therapy enhances your well-being by promoting relaxation, improving sleep, and reducing pain.

What are the different massage techniques?

Empower Medical Center has a team of licensed and highly trained massage therapists. They have expertise in numerous massage techniques, including:

Swedish massage

This is the most common form of massage therapy. Swedish massage combines long, kneading strokes with lighter, rhythmic tapping on the top layer of your muscles. This technique promotes relaxation and eases muscle tension.

Trigger point therapy

Commonly referred to as a knot, a trigger point is an area of muscle tension that you may be able to feel beneath your skin. This type of massage involves applying pressure to release trigger points.

Sports massage

Sports massage focuses on helping athletes to prevent or recover from injuries. This technique uses a variety of approaches to improve flexibility and relieve pain before or after sports events.

Pregnancy massage

Your body experiences many changes throughout pregnancy. The team at Empower Medical Center helps you relax and find relief from common pregnancy problems, like lower back pain.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage is a safe and effective way to reduce stress, relieve pain, and enhance your well-being. Therapeutic massage is also considered an integrative treatment for many medical conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome

Massage therapy may complement your treatment plan by improving blood circulation and promoting relaxation. The team at Empower Medical Center offers 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages.

Many health insurance companies cover therapeutic massage with a doctor’s referral. The in-house osteopathic physician, Ashley Ascencio, DO, may write you a referral for massage therapy if she deems it necessary after a physical exam.

To find out how massage therapy can help you, call Empower Medical Center or book an appointment online today.