Collection: Electrical Muscle Stimulators
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training, and published research is available on the results obtained. In the United States, EMS devices are regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
How Does it Work?
Small, precisely timed electrical pulses are sent to the nerve supplying the target muscle. These pulses act as a message, telling the muscle fibers to ‘contract’. The muscle fibers contract in much the same way as if the message had come from the brain.
We just by-pass the brain and spinal cord compared to the conventional muscles contraction signals sent by the brain and send the signals to the nerves directly over the muscle! Signals are sent via the gel pads. Signals activate the nerves. Nerves switch on the muscles.
EMS results in the same end result as working out in the gym – muscle activation! The premise being, if you activate a muscle strongly enough, enough times, over a sufficient training period the end result will be a muscle training effect.
Usage of Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) Over Time
EMS has received an increasing amount of attention in the last few years for many reasons
- It can be utilized as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes
- It could be used as a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients
- It could be utilized as a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function in vivo
- It could be used as a exercise recovery tool for athletes.
- Used in physical therapies to prevent muscle atrophy due to inactivity or neuromuscular imbalance.
Duration & Frequency of Usage
- 20-30 minutes a day