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Creates Muscle Contractions
Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) also known as neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES), muscle stim or e-stim sends electronic pulses to your motor nerves in order to create muscle contractions. Muscle Stimulators work by placing electrode pads on your skin for your muscles to be contracted via electric current.
Once applied onto the skin, the impulses generated from your muscle stimulator imitate the action potential coming from your central nervous system, causing your muscles to contract. These contractions work in tangent with the body’s natural
Athletes are always looking to perform better and recover faster. EMS has received increasing attention over recent years because of its potential to serve as a strength training, rehabilitation, testing and post-exercise recovery tool for athletes(1).
Impulses That Helps Block Pain Signals
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that uses low-voltage electrical currents for pain relief. TENS has different adjustable settings to control amplitude otherwise known as intensity of stimulation by controlling the voltage, current and pulse width or duration of each pulse. Electrodes are placed at specific sites of pain on a user’s body. The current travels through electrode pads and into the skin, stimulating specific nerve pathways to produce a tingling or massaging sensation that reduces the perception of pain. When TENS is used as directed, it can be a safe, noninvasive, drug-free alternative to pain management.
When TENS stimulates the sensory nerve endings, it can block the pain signal from traveling to the brain. This creates a pleasantly relieving, tingling sensation in the place of pain. The currents that a TENS treatment sends can also produce endorphins. In short, endorphins are the body’s natural painkiller and can even create a sense of euphoria, like morphine.
Mimics action coming from central nervous system.
When your muscles contract, nitric oxide is activated in your blood. Nitric oxide’s primary role is to deliver messages between the body’s cells, by playing a key role in controlling the circulation of blood and regulating activities of the brain and muscles (4). Consequently, the release of nitric oxide leads to a process in the body known as angiogenesis, a process where new blood vessels are formed from existing ones. As a result, by-products can be cleared and your muscles can be fueled with the nutrients required to heal and recover. Cell growth and activity demand blood supply and enhanced circulation will have a profound effect on cell function, as well as fueling our muscles with the nutrients they need (5).
1. “Electrical stimulation for neuromuscular testing and training.” N. Maffiuletti, et al. 2011.
2. “How Exercise Works.” C. Freudenrich. 2008.
3. “The good, the bad, and what it really means to your training.” W. Levy.
4. “Supplement Guide: Nitric Oxide. L. Friedman.
5. “The Cell Cycle in the Central Nervous System.” D. Janigro. 2006.
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