March 11 2020
No longer just a staple in physical therapy, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) also known "e-stim" is now making its way into workouts and even beauty devices. But is it really legit?
When attached to the skin, the typical EMS unit delivers an electrical impulse via electrodes to the body’s motor nerves that causes rapid muscle contractions, hence all the twitches and spasms. Makers of these devices claim that the contractions can help speed up recovery time, relieve pain, increase muscle strength, and even improve performance.
EMS in Physical Therapy
EMS helps loosen your tight muscles so they can recover. When used therapeutically, these devices are designed to stimulate nerves that make muscles contract, ultimately relaxing and loosening any tight spots
EMS in Cosmetic Treatments
EMS exercises your facial muscles by contracting them and increases muscular metabolism. This results in a firming and toning of the skin. Very popular in at-home beauty devices, EMS treatments can promise positive results with continued regular use.
To learn all about the different types of electrotherapy treatments available, click HERE.