Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a type of electrotherapy where muscles are contracted using electrical impulses in order to strengthen weak muscles, reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal wounds.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation: also known as EMS, uses electrical impulses to cause muscles to contract, which in turn helps your muscles become stronger. Your muscles naturally contract in response to electrical signals sent from your brain. ... Fast-twitch, or white muscle fibers, contract quickly.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is not meant to improve athletic performance while you sit on the couch. Though some devices wrongly claim to do this, electric muscle stimulators are meant to be paired with your training routines and workout programs to enhance performance and support recovery in between workouts or post workout.
Electrical muscle stimulation, when correctly integrated into your workout routine, is designed to support you in your fitness journey at all stages and at any fitness level. Electric muscle stimulation uses different Hertz ranges to activate specific muscle fibers, forcing them to contract.
Why do you need to increase the number of muscle fibers that contract? Simply put, so you can jump higher, lift more, run longer and recover faster. Even elite athletes can only activate about 35% of their muscle fibers. This is for a variety of reasons such as muscle guarding due to a previous injury, neural inhibition or disease. Electrical muscle stimulation pulses throughout the central nervous system and activates muscle fibers at the motor neuron level.
This means that EMS can activate up to 100% of an individual’s muscle fibers of a particular type. And because that muscle has memory, the next time the brain asks that muscle fiber to contract, it will.
During your consultation, we will discuss your goals and tailor a treatment plan that aligns with your needs. Once we have completed your consultation, you will be asked to sit on a chair or relax on a comfortable bed while a straps of EMS are place on targeted muscles.
Once all EMS straps and wires are in place, the tech will start the pulses. Each treatment can range from 20-30 min sessions.
Benefits include but not limited to:
Electro muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a device that has leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes. You attach the pads directly to your skin. When the machine is switched on, small electrical impulses are delivered to the affected area of your body, which you feel as a tingling sensation.
The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles. They may also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers.
There isn't enough good-quality scientific evidence to say for sure whether EMS is a reliable method of pain relief. More research is needed and clinical trials are ongoing in the matter which will probably clear up more understanding of this treatment.
Healthcare professionals have reported that it seems to help some people, although how well it works depends on the individual and the condition being treated. It isn't a cure for pain and often only provides short-term relief while the treatment is being done.
However, the treatment is generally very safe and you may feel it's worth trying instead of, or in addition to, the usual medical treatments.