Electrical muscle stimulation (or EMS) has become a popular alternative to strenuous workouts for those who strive to keep their body toned and shapely. The electrical impulses sent by EMS machine mimic the central nervous system, activating the muscles and contracting them in the same way. In contracts to gym routines where you have to strain their muscles to obtain results, EMS devices cause muscles to contract involuntary. An EMS machine allows you to engage in deep, intense, and complete muscular contractions without actually activating (or stressing) your central nervous system – not to mention your joints and tendons.
The electric impulses reach deep muscle layers, which are harder to activate though normal training. The effect of the impulses causes the muscles to work harder than they would in a conventional training session, making muscles stronger. It is not much different to conventional training or daily activities, where the muscles are contracted and controlled by your brain, but EMS training does it more efficiently, as it stimulates 98% of the muscle fibers as opposed to 30%.
What are the main applications for EMS?
Warm up before exercise
EMS helps you warm up before a workout. Start your exercising with an energy-saving warm-up that will get your muscles ready for the work ahead. After working out, EMS may offer your muscles needed relaxation. So it’s two-in-one!
The same electric impulses that help you build muscles can also perform relaxing massages. Electric stimulation leads to better blood circulation, helping with aches and sorerenes. Moreover, a good massage causes endorphin production.
EMS sessions help with training muscle fibers, building stronger muscles and increasing endurance in strength exercises. Gain more power and get your dream body!
Toning and body-sculpting
Using EMS helps you tone your muscles and lose inches. Muscle burns more calories than fat. Therefore, as you build more muscle with EMS your metabolism increases and you are able to lose excess fat at a much faster rate.
EMS allows stimulating muscles that regular training does not engage. Stimulation of slow twitch muscles may increase overall endurance. Good news for athletes!
Recovery & Rehabilitation
EMS helps increase blood flow and flush out lactic acid from muscle, which means faster recovery and rehabilitation. So, if you need to work on a weakened muscle or get back in shape after an injury, EMS is your go-to method for a safe and energy-saving recovery.
What are the results of EMS?
Electrical muscle stimulation helps buld muscle and reduce fat layer by activating and contracting the muscles. With different settings of frequency and intensity of electrical impulse you can make muscle contractions quick, long, fluttery, and everything in between. It is the contraction type that determines whether the session will result in a better warm up, increased strength, or better recovery.
One area is treated for 30 to 50 minutes minutes, for any body part. Number of sessions depends on each case, 2-3 sessions per week for an average from 2 to 6 weeks or more depending on the desired effect. For muscle training 1-2 times per week it is advisable to allow your muscles to repair.