The Detailed Guide for Electrical Muscle Stimulator

October 21, 2021

Are you recovering from a stroke or any injury? Or do you occasionally experience arthritis or fibromyalgia pain? Combining your regular exercise with electrical muscle stimulator therapy might benefit you in excellent ways. 

EMS creates and sends mild electrical pulses through the skin and tissues to stimulate injured muscles fibres for alleviating pain. 

What Is An Electrical Muscle Stimulator?

EMS muscle stimulator sends electrical impulses that replicate neural signals coming from the neural pathways. These mild electrical impulses target either your muscles or nerves.

The electrical stimulation repeatedly contracts and relaxes your muscles. The perfusion in the targeted muscles is improved, thus aiding in repairing injured muscles and releasing the tension from strained muscles. 

Additionally, the continuous cycle of muscle contraction also enhances strength. 

The EMS device by Backpainhelp features a portable, discreet design that you can carry and get your therapy done anywhere. 

How Does EMS Work?

The EMS functions by generating and sending electrical stimulation through your skin to the affected muscles. Therefore you need to place an electrode over your skin for the electrical pulses. 

Traditional EMS devices had wires attached to the electrode pad. However, with advancements in technology, Electrical Muscle Stimulator devices have become wireless and discreet.

  • You need to place the electrodes over the injured muscles or affected area. 
  • Switch on the device to start generating electrical impulses. You’ll feel a tingling sensation on your skin and muscles. 
  • You can control the intensity, speed, and mode of vibrations.  
  • Continue the therapy for 15-20 minutes. Some EMS devices have pre-programmed timing.  
  • If you want to repeat the therapy, it is recommended to rest in that area for a cou[le of minutes before starting the next session. 

Which Conditions Can Benefit From EMS Therapy?

The EMS muscle stimulator therapy muscle stimulator Pad is fantastic for common back issues such as 

  • Lower back pain
  • Postural aches
  • Sciatica
  • Joint aches
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis 
  • Traumatic muscle injury or muscular diseases
  • Poor muscle strength
  • Muscles conditioning 
  • Surgery recovery

Benefits Of Using Electrical Muscle Stimulator

Relieving Muscle Spasms, Especially Back Muscles

EMS therapy induces consistent relaxation and contractions that easing straining and soreness in the lower back region. 

Sciatic nerve pain is caused by back muscle spasms. Alleviating the muscle spasm sometimes relieves the excessive pressure on the sciatic nerve and reduces pain. Similarly, postural aches are caused by chronic bad posture practices and scoliosis. Impulse induced contractions relieve muscle tightness and soreness from spinal issues. 

Stimulates Weakened or Atrophied Muscles

Soft tissue trauma, neuromuscular diseases, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and certain forms of acute trauma or chronic conditions can restrict movement and activity, leading to muscle weakness from disuse. 

Electrical Muscle Stimulator therapy can be utilised for keeping these atrophied muscles active.

Muscle Retraining And Recovery

Occasionally, after a surgery or due to certain medical conditions, people find it challenging to contract muscles and control movements. 

In such cases, EMS therapy can be a part of “muscle re-education” along with other supportive therapies. 

The electrical impulses generated by the electrical stimulator contracts the muscle involuntarily. Training on voluntary muscle contraction along with EMS can help the brain re-learn how to do so without help.

Helping In Athletic Recovery. 

Electronic muscle stimulation relaxes muscles through improved blood flow, lactic acid removal (accumulated due to anaerobic respiration), and muscle relaxation. High-intensity exercises may induce cramping and spasm, leading to muscle injury. EMS therapy can reduce stress and spasm, allowing athletes to train for a longer time without any muscle injury. 

Enhances Blood Circulation

The consistent cycle of muscle relaxation and contraction enhances perfusion in that area. Enhanced blood flow to the tissues increases oxygen supply, allowing the muscles to recover and function properly. 

What Should You Look For While Buying An Electronic Muscle Stimulator?

While purchasing an EMS Muscle Stimulation, look for the following:

  • Adjustable intensity level– Initially, you may require a lower intensity to get habituated to the therapy. Later on, you can increase the intensity as required. Therefore your EMS device should have an adjustable intensity level. 
  • Various massaging actions– different massaging actions might be accurate for different areas. Therefore, a variety in massaging action can help you target muscles in various parts of your body. 
  • Discreet design– Sleek, compact and discreet design help you use the EMS device anywhere and everywhere. 
  • Portability– Advanced EMS devices feature portable wireless design (for example, Therapy Pad by Backpainhelp). You can carry the device easily wherever you go. 
  • Rechargeable feature– When you invest in a healthcare device, you want it to last for a considerable time. With the rechargeable feature, you’ll never run out of battery and experience an interrupted session. Ensure to charge your device before using it. 

Who Shouldn’t Use EMS Therapy? 

Although EMS therapy is a drug-free pain relief therapeutic intervention, it is contraindicated in certain conditions, including:

  • Individuals with an implanted pacemaker, defibrillator, etc. The electrical impulses from EMS can interfere with the impulses generated by the implanted device. 
  • History of severe cardiac arrhythmia or heart failure
  • Pregnancy 
  • Children aged below 12 years.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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