Posts Tagged ‘muscle stimulators’

Microcurrent therapy used in equines? Believe it.

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Physical therapy refers to the use of one or more physical approaches to promote and maintain the body’s well-being, to help a horse recover from injury, and to re-educate an injured body part to move or function normally. Electrotherapy, in particular, is the application of an electric current via surface electrodes to produce controlled movement of the skin, muscle, tendon, and associated ligaments, explains Sheila Schils, PhD (biomechanics/kinesiology), a private equine rehabilitator in Wisconsin who reviewed the use of electrotherapy devices in horses at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention. There are two main types of electrotherapy devices: sensory nerve or motor nerve stimulator.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) These tools can be used to decrease pain by changing how the nervous system responds to pain signals. In general, TENS units send electrical signals that confuse the pain pathways, blocking the sensation of pain. These systems are designed to stimulate only sensory nerves.

Interferential stimulators These units also are nerve stimulators, but each uses a pair of high-frequency waves that can penetrate deeper into the skin than TENS units. Therapists use these stimulators to treat patients with debilitating pain. “Due to the very uncomfortable sensation of these stimulators, they should not be used for muscle stimulation, only very carefully used for nerve stimulation,” says Schils.

Neuromuscular and functional electrical stimulators (FES) These units use electrical waves to stimulate motor nerves (i.e., nerves that control muscles). Thus, neuromuscular stimulators offer a way to mobilize muscles and associated tendons and ligaments through controlled muscular contractions, which can be uncomfortable for the horse. Ultimately, the deep muscle contractions these units induce reduce spasticity and the associated pain in the stimulated muscles. Unlike the TENS and interferential stimulators, this pain relief is long-lasting.

Galvanic muscle stimulators These units use direct current to generate a very low-voltage electrical signal to be transmitted in one direction. Professionals use this type of stimulus mainly to transmit substances, such as medications, through the skin in a process known as iontophoresis.

“These units can cause an unpleasant stinging sensation and can cause tissue trauma if used excessively, which limit their use,” Schils explains.

Microcurrent electrical stimulators - These units produce low-amplitude currents that mimic weak electrical currents produced during normal/natural tissue healing. Unlike TENS and neuromuscular electrical stimulators, these units do not stimulate sensory nerves or muscles, which means the patient feels no tingling.

Not all stimulators are appropriate for horses, despite their commercial availability. “Because the tissue mass of horses is greater than for humans, the tissues that need to be activated in horses are deeper and a specific type of waveform is necessary,” Schils explains.

This means horses require a higher amplitude signal, but these increased signals could case irritation or trauma to the skin if the wrong device is selected or if the correct device is used inappropriately.

“Humans can rationalize the discomfort, whereas horses cannot,” notes Schils. “An appropriate unit must be selected that will be tolerated by the horse without the need to administer a tranquilizer. Neuromuscular (FES) electrical stimulators appear to be most appropriate for horses because they produce controlled responses superficially as well as to the deeper tissues and are accepted by most horses.”

Electric Muscle Stimulator - Is it Effective?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The electric muscle stimulator claims to help you increase muscle tone while you do absolutely nothing. Undoubtedly, this is an appealing prospect, but can it possibly work and, if so, how?

How Long Has the Electric Muscle Stimulator Been Around?

Believe it or not, the first scientific research to prove the ability of electricity to stimulate muscle movement came back in 1791. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, this topic fascinated scientists, who identified the exact properties of electricity that stimulated muscles and showed that this could affect long-term alterations to the muscle exposed to electric impulses.

However, it was not until the 1960s, when the Soviet Union began using an electric muscle stimulator to train its athletes that the notion of using this technique to create ‘the body beautiful’ began.

The Science

So, how does it work? Well, electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is the delivery of electric impulses into the muscles via electrodes (pads placed over the muscles). The electricity mimics what is known as the action potential, which in natural circumstances would come from the central nervous system, and causes the muscle or muscles to contract.

The effect of this procedure is different depending on the fiber type of the muscle being treated and the method of treatment. However, it is believed that under the correct circumstances EMS may increase the strength of a muscle, improve muscle endurance and fatigue resistance.

Are EMS Products Safe?

In the U.S., EMS products are approved by the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, and are certified in two categories: over-the-counter products that you could go out and buy today, and prescription products that are designed for treating a medical condition and must be used under supervision.

Typically, an electric muscle stimulator is perfectly safe. However, in accordance with FDA guidelines, all products must carry literature about the possible side effects and the danger for certain groups of people, for example, those with pacemakers.

Should You Buy an EMS Product?

Consumer opinion over these products is divided. Many will state that EMS did nothing for them, whereas others claim to have noticed a marked difference. However, this may come down to the effectiveness of individual products, the method of use and the age of the user, because all of these factors will affect the success of the product. If you are interested in purchasing an electric muscle stimulator, it is advisable to research the specific brand and seek the opinion of fellow customers.

There is published work documenting the benefits of EMS in sports training, but it wise to remember that this is based on the most sophisticated equipment available and is coupled with workout routines.

Obviously, in some instance, electric muscle stimulators are effective. However, it is worth mentioning that these products are by no means necessary. In fact, you are likely to achieve better results with a few sit-ups every day and they will not cost you a penny.

Remember, when it comes to fitness and weight loss, quick fixes rarely live up to expectation.

Ems Stimulator Sales

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Looking to pack on some serious muscle mass? Do you want to build a ripped, rock-solid physique that demands respect and turns heads wherever you go? Then you have come to the right place. In this article I am going to introduce you with one single solution that will help you achieve that powerful body quicker than you ever fancy.

With thousands of muscle building options available in stores and online it is virtually impossible to make a particular choice. Well, look no further, we introduce you to the most advanced product, the Electrical muscle stimulator (EMS), designed to give quicker and better results.

Electronic Muscle Stimulator is a revolutionary muscle exercise device serviceable at home or gym. Muscle Stimulators cause your muscles to contract and relax on their own. You don’t have to do anything except hook up the electrodes to your body and turn the device on. A series of electrical signals will be sent to your muscles causing them to contract and relax.

Our Electronic Muscle Stimulator systems are portable, lightweight electronic units that have been scientifically designed and proven to exercise body muscles fast, efficiently & effectively through a series of stimulated contraction & relaxation phases. For years Soviet and Eastern block Olympic contenders have used muscle stimulators to build the same rippling muscles that steroids promised. Now this same muscle stimulation technology is available for you.

The most obvious benefit is cutting your workout time in 1/2. Your muscles will get stronger in no time. Most people see visible results within seven days. You will actually be sore the next day immediately following your first 30-minute AB workout. Being sore the next day just as if you had been through an intense gym workout. Clinical studies have shown that 30 minutes with an RX-8000 Electronic muscle simulator is equivalent to 500 sit up crunches.

Electronic Muscle Stimulator (EMS) or Neuromuscular Stimulator (NMS) is a useful tool for prevention or retardation of muscle spasm, muscle re-education, maintaining and increasing the range of motion, and increasing local blood circulation. Common candidates for EMS Stimulator include those in high stress situations experiencing muscle tension in the upper back and neck areas, and those who suffer from chronic tension headaches.

Muscle stimulators are recommended for anyone participating in bodybuilding, power lifting, martial arts, boxing, and athletics or for people simply wishing to achieve an athletic physique. The majority of our customers are buying muscle stimulators for cutting up their abs, achieving ripped abs, six pack abs, or simply toning their bodies.

Ems For Physical Therapy And Rehabilitation

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The medical community has made great strides in developing innovative treatment methods for patients suffering an injury that requires rehabilitation of the muscle tissues. Injuries can result from a sports related event, an accident that requires the need for physical therapy, or an injury resulting from a daily activity. One therapeutic treatment that has become popular in treating physical injuries is Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

Electrical muscle stimulation, also referred to as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), or electromyostimulation, is used for the prevention of muscle spasms and muscle atrophy, increasing local blood circulation by stimulating muscle tissue, strengthening the muscle tissue to promote healing, maintaining or increasing the range of motion, muscle re-education, and the stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis

How EMS Works
EMS uses an electrical current to stimulate your muscles. The electrical pulse stimulates the nerves to generate a natural muscle contraction. This is known as passive exercise. EMS devices produce electrical signals that stimulate the nerves. The impulses are produced by an electrical device and delivered through electrodes placed on the skin near the muscles that require stimulation. By placing the pads near a certain group of muscles, and then sending the impulses using the EMS device, the muscles will begin to contract and relax. The impulses imitate the impulses produced by the brain to stimulate muscle tissue. The contractions that results from stimulation are much like muscle contractions during regular exercise. The voltage for different pressure points on the muscle can be adjusted according to need. The result of stimulation is the repairing and strengthening of muscles.

EMS devices help stimulate muscle tissue that may not be affected by regular exercise routines. They will stimulate damaged muscle tissues resulting in restoring, toning, and strengthening of the damaged tissue. The pulses stimulate the tissue fibers to certain degrees and patterns which decreases muscle degeneration caused by nerve atrophy.

Advantages of Using EMS Devices
Most rehabilitation clinics use EMS devices because of their healing qualities. When using EMS, the repair process is much faster because nerve and muscle tissue are able to recover more quickly. Stimulation is sufficient to initiate repair of the muscle. When the muscle tear heals, the patient can continue with the next step in the rehabilitation process. Therefore, the patient’s rehabilitation time is shorter. The method is much less painful. It can also be relaxing because much of the pain is alleviated. As well, the relief can last for some time after the session is complete.

The FDA mandates that manuals display contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse reactions. This includes: no use for wearers of pacemakers; no use on critical body parts, such as carotid sinus nerves, across the chest, or across the brain; caution in the use during pregnancy, menstruation, and other conditions that may be affected by muscle contractions. Possible adverse effects can include skin irritations and burns

More hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and sport clinics are using Electronic Muscle Simulators, or EMS devices. Their use is growing particularly in the athlete community. The beneficial results have attracted the attention of many in the medical community. General Practitioners are now seeing the benefits of using EMS on their patients. EMS devices can also be found in gyms and in homes to help people recover quicker from a muscle injury. Most people who have received EMS treatment find the process constructive and comforting. Because it speeds up the rehabilitation process, patients will find themselves saving money. Electronic muscle simulators are a great way to encourage muscle healing, control pain, and strengthen the muscles.

5 Things You Need to Know About Electronic Muscle Stimulation

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

1. Understanding the Basics
Electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) uses small electrical charges to zap muscles and make them contract and relax automatically. Pads that contain electrodes, connected by wires to a small control unit, are attached to the body and deliver the charges. The theory is that this helps heal damaged muscles and helps strengthen normal muscles without active exercise. EMS is, in fact, widely used by trainers to help athletes rehabilitate after an injury. But, in recent years EMS has exploded on the retail market as the way to sit-back-and-relax while you develop killer abs and lose weight.

2. Medical Uses of EMS
EMS is often used in rehabilitation following surgery or injury. Muscles quickly lose their strength and tone when they are not used. EMS helps patients who can’t move around during recovery regain some muscle tone. Because EMS causes muscles to contract and relax without the patient’s own effort, it keeps the injured muscles active. It’s a kind of “heal as you sleep” method. For pain control, doctors and physical therapists may use a similar device, known as a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) unit.

3. The FDA Regulates EMS
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is quite interested in electronic muscle stimulators. They watch television just like the rest of us. And, when EMS sales became a multi-billion dollar business, the FDA decided to take a serious look. They’re skeptical about the “rock hard abs” and other claims. But, their main concern is safety. EMS devices that have not been approved by the FDA may be a hazard. Electrical leads might cause shocks or even electrocution. EMS devices might also interfere with other medical devices, like pacemakers. Most FDA-approved devices are intended for use by physical therapists. In fact, the FDA website lists only one EMS device (out of the dozens advertised on television) that has met the FDA requirements. So, “let the buyer beware.”

4. EMS and Weight Loss
Nothing sounds better than kicking up your feet, throwing in your favorite movie, and enjoying a little pizza and beer. If you can do that and lose weight at the same time it would be sheer heaven. But, heaven on earth is sometimes hard to find. Infomercials would have you believe the pizza and beer weight loss plan is reality. But, studies show EMS won’t really help you lose weight. The “passive exercise” you get from EMS just isn’t enough for weight loss.

5. EMS is Not a Quick Fix
The bottom line is that EMS has some terrific uses. But, it’s just not the quick and easy fix that TV commercials make it out to be. It’s definitely helpful for rehab after surgery and injury. But, the “six-pack abs” you’re after will require more effort on your part. EMS can help–a little. EMS will help add some tone to your muscles, but the real muscle building will only come through good, old-fashioned hard work.