Electro-Muscular Stimulation, or EMS, is the stimulation of muscles by passing harmless electrical impulses through them. The impulses are generated by a compact device and then transmitted to the desired muscle groups via carefully located electrodes.
By mimicking the signals sent via the central nervous system, EMS impulses cause muscle contraction. When combined with exercise, EMS creates up 40% more force.
Successfully used in physical training for decades.
Effective and convenient targeting of individual or multiple muscle groups simultaneously.
Complements any existing land-based training routine and enhances the results.
Numerous scientific studies reveal EMS to be highly effective.
For many years there has been a kind of taboo regarding the use of electrostimulation devices. Contrary to what people may think, electrostimulationis not a substitute for sport, but rather it works as a complement to your training, in order to achieve your goals in a quicker, more efficient and visible way.
Bearing this in mind, the use of muscle electrostimulation systems and abdominal electrostimulatorshas been growing. Until relatively recently, it was reserved for a sporting elite, but a few years ago, the concept of electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) hit the streets and quickly became popular among people seeking to reduce the time devoted to doing exercise, but with the bonus of achieving more efficient, visible and quicker results: time is of the essence.
On the other hand, there are an increasing number of physiotherapists and doctors who recommend training with electrostimulation in order to treat muscular atrophy resulting from any kind of injury or musculoskeletal disease that can affect muscles, ligaments, tendons or bones.
What is it about the EMS system that makes it so popular?
The electrostimulation technique is simple: using an electrostimulation vest or biosuit, which has electrodesconnected to a device, low intensity or mid-frequency electric impulses are emitted to our muscles, thus generating muscle contractions that attempt to imitate the impulses that the nervous system sends. The difference is that these electric impulses, produced by the electrostimulation suit or biosuit,are more intense and controlled, and work on the nerves of the deepest layers of muscle that are more difficult to activate through conventional training.
Now that you know what the EMS system entails (and that we have clarified that it does not replace conventional training, rather, it works as a complement to it); we want to outline the benefits of incorporating exercises with electrostimulation into your training:
using electrostimulation helps to prevent muscular atrophy and improve overloading, ideal for muscular recovery after an injury (it can even work as TENS Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation at low intensities).
using electrostimulation also helps for aesthetic purposes such as reducing flaccidity and increasing strength, resistance and muscular volume.
As you can see, having a professional electrostimulator is not only for cosmetic and beauty purposes, it is also ideal for sporting and therapeutic purposes.
If we do training with electrostimulation 2 or 3 times a week, and we accompany it with a healthy diet, we can obtain results more quickly, efficiently and that are visible than through conventional training without electrostimulation.
As with any form of physical exercise, if you don't warm up enough, train too much, or don´t carry out exercise correctly, an injury or muscle soreness can occur, but this isn´t a side effect of electrostimulation as such.
If you are not a professional, or do not regularly do sport, it is necessary, as with any other sporting skill, for your electrostimulation training to be supervised by a technician, in this case one specialising in electrofitness.
On the other hand, the use of electrostimulation is not recommended for pregnant women, and people who are epileptic or have a pacemaker. It is also important not to place electrodes on areas of the neck, wounds or the spine.
It goes without saying, nothing is more dangerous than ignorance.
Many of the contraindications of using electrostimulation come from the lack of information about its use.
An electrostimulator requires an electrostimulation vest or biosuit with electrodes. These electrodes are placed on different areas of the body and generate an electrical current to contract muscles, similar to the impulses emitted by the nervous system. They reach the depth of the muscle fibres that are more difficult to activate through conventional exercise, using different frequency and intensity programmes.
Electrofitness can be used to lose weight and get stronger, but we don´t have to depend on it. Having said that, there are many people who replace sport with electrostimulation, when it should be a complement alongside other healthy habits, such as doing exercise and having a healthy diet.
Bearing in mind the negative idea that people have of electrostimulation, it isn´t surprising that contraindications arise regarding its use, and the fact is that they are not applying electrostimulation correctly to their daily training.
Thinking that electrostimulation is only applied to speed up weight loss and the gaining of muscle mass without any kind of filter or rhythm is an error that can lead us to injure ourselves, or suffer a severe rebound effect when we quit electrostimulation. Get the idea of “losing weight while lying on the sofa” out of your head.
On the other hand, there are many online stores such as Amazon that allow the sale of cheap electrostimulators of dubious quality, and without adequate preparation for using them. The view of a professional electrostimulation technician is essential in order to achieve efficient results without setbacks. Thus, we can avoid future accidents: such as the injuries that can occur when working with a higher intensity than what we can tolerate, not to mention the risks entailed by the excessive and uncontrolled use of this technology.