At Acubody we carry out a considerable amount of sports therapy in London as well as myofascial release. Sportsmen and women come to us for a London sports massage or myofascial release in order to relieve pain after a sports injury, which is frequently the result of muscle tension and trigger points. A trigger point is where a muscle is under tension but causes a pain somewhere else in the body. This is sometimes called a reflected pain.
A sports massage is based on Swedish massage in combination with other techniques and is a deep form of massage using long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart which has the effect of increasing oxygen levels in the blood. In addition, sports massage can improve lymph fluid and this has the effect of removing uric acid and lactic acid from the muscles which are both formed as a result of undertaking exercise.
For this reason, a sports massage is not just for people who take part in sports. It can be an equally effective treatment for people suffering from muscle tension and soreness after doing everyday things like gardening, DIY, walking long distances carrying a heavy load, or building a wall, where the repetitive use of muscles comes into play. A sports massage speeds up recovery time and reduces pain. The effects are usually not immediately noticeable, but after 24 hours there is a greatly improved overall feeling of wellbeing.
We also provide sports massage for sportsmen and women before taking part in an event. In this case the strokes that we use are more gentle because a deep massage can make the limbs feel heavy. This type of massage increases circulation and oxygen levels and helps to tone up the muscles. Of course, a massage relaxes the whole body and releases stress which is also a very great benefit before taking part in sporting activity.
In addition, we often use acupuncture for sports injury at Acubody. Acupuncture was developed in China, but in the last four decades has spread considerably to the West. The Chinese believe that there is a flow of energy in the body which they call qi and if that flow becomes out of balance ill health can result. The energy flows through acupuncture channels and by inserting needles into these channels at specific points (there are over 300 of them) this flow can be corrected and restored into balance once more.