Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also referred to as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), is the use of electrical impulses to cause muscle contractions. The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic the stimulus that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation has been around for centuries. From ancient nations discovering the power of the electric eel to now utilising it for rehabilitation and performance. At present the technology is used for strength training, rehab and injury prevention, post-exercise recovery, as well as a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function. Studies show that Whole-body Electrostimulation can help individuals to reduce back pain and it can improve performance in athletes by 30% in comparison to classic methods.
What is Electro Muscle Stimulation Training?
EMS training, more specifically Functional EMS training combines EMS technology with various workout techniques. The EMS technology creates automatic muscle contraction through electric impulses. EMS mimics the natural action of our central nervous system, allowing electrical impulses to be sent in order to contract the desired muscle.
You’re able to achieve more intense muscle contractions through EMS training than you would during a normal workout. Within one workout you are able to achieve 150 times more contractions than that of a normal workout. During EMS training 90% of muscles are simultaneously activated.
What are the benefits of Electro Muscle Stimulation?
The EMS device is used to enhance athletic training, bodybuilding, and rehabilitation or recovery. It can be used to work muscles harder and longer than an individual can normally work them, simply because of fatigue and mental wear. The technology may also be used to prevent muscle atrophy in patients who have immobilised limbs or limited movement of a limb.
EMS training benefits the user both by what it does and doesn’t do to the body. EMS training requires little to no weight during exercise, therefore, places less stress on the heart, joints, and tendons. It also helps isolate and strengthen weaker muscles leading to an overall stronger body.
EMS training may provide medical benefits, cosmetic-related benefits, and performance-related benefits. Here are a few of the key potential benefits associated with EMS training:
Potential medical-related benefits of EMS:
Relaxation of muscle spasms
Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
Increasing local blood circulation
Immediate post-surgical stimulation of muscles
Increasing range of motion
Potential cosmetic-related benefits of EMS:
Body toning and shaping
Potential performance-related benefits of EMS:
Stimulates muscles, encouraging faster growth
Gain rapid strength in a shorter period of time
Improve speed and agility
Improve muscle endurance
Develops deep stabilising muscles
Research continues to uncover benefits related to EMS training
EMS and cellulite reduction
EMS training has been shown to potentially help reduce cellulite through deep muscle stimulation. This leads to increased muscle mass, tighter connective tissue improves circulation and skin tone while improving your metabolism and burning fat.
EMS and body toning and shaping
At FitTech Studios, we offer every form of training. These different programs help build muscle, tone your body, and shape your physique through endurance training.
EMS and muscle building
EMS utilises 30% more muscles by stimulating deeper muscle tissues. Muscle contraction leads to muscle growth. EMS training allows you to achieve more muscle contraction more effectively with greater efficiency.
Is Electro Muscle Stimulation safe?
As previously mentioned, EMS training requires little to no weight during exercise, therefore, places less stress on the heart, joints, and tendons. It also helps isolate and strengthen weaker muscles leading to an overall stronger body.
There are few negative side effects related to EMS. As with any workout, you may experience muscle soreness after the workout. But all of our classes are run by trained professionals who will monitor your personal experience to ensure your well-being. As with any new exercise routine, you should consult your physician prior to beginning.