Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation. By utilizing electrical impulses, it elicits muscle contraction and directly stimulates motor neurons.
This treatment creates different types of muscle contractions such as quick and frequent, fast with long pauses, or contractions that are held for several seconds or minutes at a time.
EMS devices into two broad categories: over-the counter devices (OTC), and prescription devices. OTC devices are marketable only for muscle toning; prescription devices can only be purchased with a medical prescription for therapy and should be used under supervision of an authorized practitioner, for the following uses:
- Relaxation of muscle spasms
- Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
- Increasing local blood circulation
- Muscle re-education
- Immediate post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis
How does EMS work ?
The principle behind weight training or muscle training is when you work out, you burn calories and during this course of workout there is a lot of wear and tear that happens to our muscles, which our body takes 48 hrs to recover and make it strong for the next workout.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Although EMS can prompt weight loss in the whole body, research has shown that EMS is able to specifically target the abdominal area (a common problem area for most people). Without modifying diet or exercise, the EMS training is able to help candidates lose weight from their midsections.
EMS burns much higher calories as it works out much more muscles compared to a conventional workout. In a conventional workout, only 30% of the muscles are being activated each time, however, with whole body EMS, between 70%-80% of the muscle groups are activated simultaneously.