Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is successfully used in medical rehabilitation at all levels, in all sports.
Athletes use EMS as a supplement to regular training. EMS creates intense muscle contractions during training or gentle vibrations during relaxation.
Normal muscle activity is controlled by the central and peripheral nervous systems, which transmit electrical signals to the muscles. EMS works similarly, except it uses external electrical impulses transmitted through the skin. They are guided by nerves to the specifically targeted muscle, which reacts by contracting just as it does during normal muscle activity.
EMS is used for different types of muscle exercises:
The main advantages of exercising with an electric muscle stimulator:
- You can focus on a specific muscle or group of muscles. This makes EMS a very useful method after an injury when certain muscles need extra attention.
- EMS is an excellent method of recovery because it increases blood circulation and elimination of toxins.
- EMS has a relaxing effect on the muscle.
- EMS stimulates both slow and fast twitch muscle fibers. Slow-twitch fibers are mainly used in endurance sports, while fast-twitch fibers are especially important in sports that require strength at high speed. In ordinary training, it is normally difficult to target fast-twitch muscle fibers.