How does electrical muscle stimulation work?

July 23, 2018

People now a day’s include electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) machines and Mooyee products in their regular health routine, for decades the use of  EMS  or electrical muscle stimulation, was a highly touted option for elite athletes to reach higher levels of performance and they also have included EMS muscle recovery option in their fitness routine, especially after a muscle tear. Recently the trend of EMS use is back again.

They believe electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) an easy and safe way to boost post-workout recovery, gain muscle and strength faster. It’s no surprise then that even this user friendly health techniques gains sound attention among us after few celebrities tries it.

Some people might want to believe it too, but they are skeptical a bit. But the whole approach is scientific, and have not we seen various popular celebrity and professional athletes hooked up to these machines? The two main uses for this treatment are muscle re-education and pain relief, And in this post we are going to discuss about how does EMS work, and what science has to say about its effectiveness.

For Pain Relief:

In EMS therapy for pain management, it is mainly useful for the people who have had a stroke once or an orthopedic surgery as these patients have trouble trying to move a muscle or joint. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and sends signals to the brain to re-learn how to contract the muscle on its own by scramble normal pain perception. EMS is not painful and may be an alternative effective therapy to mask pain such as diabetic neuropathy process. It is proven that the low-frequency electrical stimulation encourages the brain cells nerve to release the body's natural painkillers encephalon and endorphins resulting in pain relief.

For Muscle re-education:

Electrical stimulation technique is also used for muscle retraining, it is commonly useful for people who have had an orthopedic surgery or had a stroke once. Most of these patients facing trouble to move a muscle or any joint. When this small battery operated device delivers low voltage electrical impulse into the muscle tissue with "e-stim" or "TENs" through the skin, under the appropriate settings placed near the source of pain then the muscle can easily contract without the help of the patient automatically. The electrodes are placed on the biggest muscle groups. The electric signal or impulses cause the muscles to contract tightly. These repeated contractions are equal to the same muscle work as high intensity workouts for any individual.

Myth and research studies:

Although various researches have been conducted and still research continues to be sure about the effectiveness of Electronic muscle stimulator and Mooyee products ,there is still lot of myth about its use and its clinical effectiveness. There’s some research that proves it can increase strength a bit if it combined with regular weightlifting routine, but it’s unlikely to help you reduce muscle or gain muscle faster or damage and soreness. In fact, electrical stimulation is often classified under alternative medicine or an effective therapy to mask pain such as diabetic neuropathy process.

Advantages of EMS:

The Electronic muscle stimulator machines has many advantages like these machines are often compact and very easy to use or user friendly, cost-effective, E-stim is non-addictive and provide alternative pain relief medications. EMS with a qualified practitioner or experts is trained to use the devices and reduce your risk of side effects or complications, which include skin irritation from the electrodes and in rare cases, headaches. People with cardiac arrhythmias and pacemakers should not use EMS.