Whole body electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) involves wearing electrodes that send impulses to the body to make muscles contract.
EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) for fitness is a 20-minute workout to acquire the equivalent of 90 minutes of high-intensity training. Embraced by many Olympic athletes, EMS can be added to your current workout schedule or used solely for one muscle group.
Can EMS help you lose weight?
EMS helps weight loss by building muscle, burning excess calories and promoting fat loss. EMS is also proven to reduce back pain, reduce cellulite and even boost your immune system!
Is EMS training dangerous?
Scientifically proven to be effective and safe by reputable sports universities and used by doctors, health clinics, physiotherapists and athletes for more than 50 years all over the world. Electric muscle stimulation was originally a method that started its life in medical therapy. Specific muscle groups can be worked on, which means it can also be used as a rehab tool. EMS has been used for people who had been:
• kept alive after accidents,
• in a coma.
• receiving surgery,
• into space (astronauts).
Athletes said to have used it for training during rehabilitation include Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, and Frank Lampard. But more recently, it has been adopted as an alternative form of exercise by healthy people.
Electrical stimulators, finely tuned electrical impulse, work similarly to the nervous system and is sent to the muscle telling it to contract; it feels like a vibration, not a shock. Electrical stimulators generate electrical signals outside of the body. As a result, the muscles gain muscle mass, which leads to an increase in strength and power. Gyms, a good starting point for those not yet engaged with the gym, which offers the service under the supervision of a trainer, claim benefits include fat loss, and increased fitness and muscle strength in about a third of the time as a conventional workout. At the clinic, people are told to stay still during EMS to avoid the risk of muscle damage, whereas many gyms recommend moving/ exercising during the process.
The danger is, applying the current to the legs, the arms, the trunk, at the same time. There is a lot of electrical energy going through the skin and muscles simultaneously. For this reason, the correct dosage of current is unable to be quantified for each individual, it’s not like when you lift three or five kilos at the gym. Stimulating muscles throughout the body using an electric current could cause damage. Serious athletes have used the procedure to improve performance.
In low doses, and used for some muscles, the treatment could be complementary to conventional exercise for people who train three or more times a week. Almost too good to be true, one 20-minute session a week is all people need to do to improve their health.