Electrical stimulation is a portable apparatus used to evoke muscular contraction and
alleviate pain. It serves several health benefits; therefore, should be done under the
supervision of a professional.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical
stimulation and electromyostimulation uses electrical impulses to induce contraction.
A portable apparatus, which has detachable electrodes are used to deliver impulses to
the skin. Pads are lubricated prior to skin contact to serve as a medium for conduction
of current. The most common ES is the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
unit (TENS), a useful tool in treating various medical conditions such as sprains, low
back pain, and arthritic patients because of its observable benefits. In general, there
are three major popular uses of EMS, which are as follows:
As mentioned, the machine is commonly used in treating various conditions such as
musculoskeletal injuries, paralysis, and other muscle and bone affectations.
Conditions like muscle atrophy, weakness, pain, and spasm respond well to electrical
stimulation. The kind of contraction that is evoked during stimulation is by principle,
almost the same as that of an active contraction. Therefore, a treated tissue receives
equal benefits as active contraction does, which include the following: increase blood
flow to the area at work, counteracts muscle wasting, increases range of motion,
reduces pain through flushing of painful stimuli, and more.
Since the contraction from the stimulator simulates active contraction, it is believed to
provide the same benefits on the target muscle. As it contracts, it uses calories to
generate energy. The source may come directly from glucose or from fats when it
becomes totally depleted. Therefore, the burning of fat will eventually lead to weight
loss, which results to a more toned contour. At present, the machine has caught the
attention of many health-related equipment manufacturers who apply the same
principles as of the muscle stimulator. If you have noticed, commercially existing
versions claiming to provide the same benefits are widely accessible in the market.
Toning belts for example are believed to cause fat reduction; therefore, ideal for those
who wish to have nice firm tummy. However, this assertion is not yet proven and is
still in the process of deliberation.
This is one of the most common apparatus used by physical therapists especially in
sports training. Large basketball association often utilizes the services of a registered
therapist to prevent sports-related injuries through physical conditioning. It is also
best to rehabilitate incapacitated athletes by alleviating pain and reducing
inflammation by allowing the muscle to reach its pain threshold.
While the kind of contraction resembles active mobility, bear in mind that no amount
of electric impulses can outdo the effects of active movement. Therefore, this should
not be considered as a substitute for exercise, instead as a supplementary gadget to be
used in conjunction with active motion.