Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Stimulate Your Muscles
EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, uses electrical impulses to elicit muscle contractions. This treatment can be used as a form of strength training and is also a great tool for those undergoing physical rehabilitation. For athletes, it has many benefits when used as a post-exercise recovery tool. It is different from TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation because EMS stimulates the muscles to contract instead of stimulating the nerves. EMS mimics the action potential signals that come from the central nervous system. Whatever your physiotherapy need is, call Body of Beverly Hills Wellness today!
Contract Your Muscles Using Electricity
EMS causes muscles to contract and relax repeatedly, mimicking a passive exercise. Instead of being used to treat pain, the treatment is actually used to encourage muscle growth, recovery, and blood flow all while decreasing inflammation. This device can be used on any part of the body that needs it, like the shoulders, feet, arms, and legs. The EMS device is used during rehabilitation periods to help work out the muscles to prevent them from weakening or becoming atrophied. EMS is extremely beneficial for athletes who are trying to recover from an injury. EMS can also be used for:
- Cosmetic muscle toning
- Increasing local blood circulation
- Muscle strengthening
- Rehabilitation purposes
- Preventing muscle atrophy
How does EMS Work?
Electrical muscle stimulation is typically used for those who are dealing with muscular inhibition and weakness due to pain, swelling, and immobilization. For example, people who are recovering from surgeries or injuries will turn to EMS to involuntarily activate their muscles so they do not lose muscle mass or function. EMS basically mimics a system where your brain sends electrical impulses to neurons in muscle fibers, making your muscles contract. The electrode pads used in EMS can be used on different parts of the muscle, telling the muscle to contract. This treatment is useful for people who have experienced a stroke or injury because they may need to re-teach their brain how to activate a muscle, which is done through EMS. It can strengthen and tone muscles that are not in use or are not able to move due to an injury. The electrical muscle stimulator can be adjusted in intensity and length of how long the charge lasts. The electrodes can be applied anywhere on your body, but only the muscles near the electrodes will contract.
It is a popular treatment that is being used for more than just rehabilitating injuries or surgeries, however, as it is reaching the fitness and beauty industry. Some people use EMS during workouts because the electrical impulses sent to the muscles activate muscle fibers, increasing the intensity of a strength-training workout in a shorter amount of time. It can enhance power and performance, but should only be used properly in a targeted workout routine. Athletes who are tired and may not be able to perform at their normal level may turn to EMS because the process allows them to avoid exhausting central nervous system input.
EMS can be used in weightlifting, bodybuilding, and rehabilitation, with several benefits. If you are interested in EMS and want to learn more or set up an appointment, then contact Body of Beverly Hills Wellness today.