The Benefits of Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

Even though EMS devices cannot help you build biceps like an Avenger while sitting on a couch eating bonbons, they can help you recover, relax, and even lose weight. Electromyostimulation (EMS), also called neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromuscular stimulation (EMS), is a technique that elicits a muscle contraction using electrical impulses that directly stimulate your motor neurons. This is delivered through EMS units (such as Powerdot, Compex, Tone-A-Matic, or MarcPro) that you can use at home.

When muscles are stimulated, they can contract rapidly and frequently, rapidly with long pauses, or more slowly for a few (uncomfortable) seconds or minutes.Typically, your brain sends electrical impulses to your muscles via your central nervous system (CNS) to fire them. You can perform deep, intense, and complete muscle contractions with an EMS device without affecting either your CNS or joints.

The coolest thing is that your body does not distinguish between a voluntary contraction and an electrically induced one. The body only recognizes that there is an external stimulus and responds accordingly.It may seem a little wacky at first glance, but there is science behind it.The Journal of Strength and Conditioning published a study that examined whether or not EMS could help elite athletes. The authors concluded that "despite their already high fitness levels, trained and elite athletes can significantly enhance their level of strength to the same extent that untrained subjects can."

The researchers concluded that "EMS is a promising alternative to traditional strength training for athletes looking to improve strength parameters and motor abilities."This study looked into whether EMS could help you lose body fat instead of fitness levels. Instead of fitness levels, the study evaluated whether EMS could improve abdominal obesity in young women.Through a series of electrodes placed on their stomachs, the subjects received high-frequency current therapy for 30 minutes. Each session lasted for six weeks. Researchers measured the subjects' waist circumference, body mass index, subcutaneous fat mass, and total body fat percentage at the end of six weeks.

According to the researchers, EMS significantly decreased waist circumference, abdominal obesity, subcutaneous fat mass, and body fat percentage, even without modifying their exercise or diet. Therefore, EMS could contribute to reducing abdominal obesity in young women.

Treatment sessions last 30 minutes.

Muscle stimulation: what is it?

How about this fun fact? The practice of muscle stimulation dates back to the 1960s, and the procedure wasn't refined until more recently due to technological advances.During muscle stimulation, electrical pulses are sent into a specific muscle or nerve to make it contract. They mimic the effects of signals sent by your nervous system (neurons). By causing repeated muscular contractions, this treatment improves blood flow and speeds up muscle repair.

An electrode delivers electrical impulses to your muscles or nerves during muscle stimulation sessions. To undergo stimulation, the electrode is placed on top of the target muscle and is applied by your provider. Your muscles contract as they send electrical impulses through an electrode.You may be fearful of accidental electrocution when thinking of electrical impulses and electrodes. Let's get rid of that fear quickly. If your provider is a trained physical therapist, electrical muscle stimulation is a safe procedure. Our muscle stimulation services at Solea Spa, for instance, are performed by seasoned experts using only FDA-approved units.You can achieve muscle stimulation effects by working out, but this is usually energy-intensive and generally inefficient. An intense workout lasting about three hours can be equated to a typical 15-minute muscle stimulation session. So what are the benefits of muscle stimulation? Keep reading. You can become stronger with this particular treatment. Your muscles can become stronger and more resilient through repeated contractions and relaxations. Furthermore, muscle stimulation can help stroke survivors reclaim their essential motor functions. Since electric impulses act the same way as neurons in the brain, they 'tell' muscles to contract.We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, though. Later in this article, we will discuss the benefits of muscle stimulation. Here are the science-backed theories that support electrical muscle stimulation, and you may find this information helpful.

The Science behind Muscle Stimulation

o understand why muscle stimulation is beneficial, you should first understand how it works.Nevertheless, the first scientific evidence of muscle stimulation appeared in 1761. Technology and procedures have advanced significantly since then. With these advancements, muscle stimulation can now be made more comfortable and pain-free.A muscle's reaction to an electrical current is the basis of muscle stimulation. This treatment is not lethal or even remotely dangerous, however.Rather, it consists of a steady flow of small electrical impulses. In Miami, your body's targeted areas are usually covered in small sticky pads during a muscle stimulation session. These pads will be connected to the electrical stimulation unit by our experts. This machine then sends impulses to your muscles to cause them to contract.A slightly different procedure is used if the aim of electrical stimulation is pain relief. By blocking pain signals from reaching the brain and spinal cord, these pulses directly enter the nervous system. Moreover, the electrical impulses hitting your nerves will trigger the release of endorphins, which are chemical compounds that relieve pain.It's important to note that muscle stimulation circumvents your Central Nervous System completely. Therefore, your muscles are able to surpass the natural neural limits of strength, muscle growth, and power development.As such, if you live a very physically-active life, for example as an athlete or bodybuilder, muscle stimulations can help you expand your body's capabilities. Among the benefits you can receive are improved fitness, explosiveness, strength, and performance. You may wish to consult an expert about whether it is appropriate for all athletes.You can keep your physical strength up with muscle stimulation services in Miami against the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In addition, electrical stimulations are available in many forms. There is a perfect one out there to fit your needs and physical intensity. In and of itself, this is one reason why you should incorporate muscle stimulation into your fitness regime.Here is a list of the different types of muscle stimulation services you can choose from.

Sources

  • “The effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on muscle strength, functional capacity and body composition in haemodialysis patients”— Vicent Esteve , José Carneiro , Fátima Moreno , Miquel Fulquet , Salud Garriga , Mónica Pou , Verónica Duarte , Anna Saurina , Irati Tapia , Manel Ramírez de Arellano  — PMID: 27575930 DOI: 10.1016/j.nefro.2016.05.010
  • “Neuromuscular electrical stimulation. An overview and its application in the treatment of sports injuries”— PMID: 1565927 DOI: 10.2165/00007256-199213050-00003

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