Many patients do not understand the difference is between Electronic Muscle Stimulators and TENS Units. The two types of EMS (Muscle Stimulation) devices are Standard Muscle Stimulation and Russian Muscle Stimulation.TENS and EMSdevices can do different things such as stimulate sensory nerve endings rather than just contracting muscles.
Electronic Muscle Stimulation uses a low voltage current that targets motor nerves in order to stimulate them. What this does is cause a contraction of the muscle. The muscle then relaxes between shocks and then contracts again when the shock occurs. This constant contracting and relaxing has been used as an effective method to treat various vascular and muscoskeletal conditions. This keeps circulation going and better circulation means oxygen and nutrients can be carried to the muscles much easier.
TENS Units function in a different manner than standard Muscle Stimulation devices. TENS is used to stimulate sensory nerve endings in order to control pain. The pain signals are blocked and endorphin production is stimulated. We have all probably heard at one time or another that an increase in endorphins help reduce pain. They are kind of like the body’s natural "pain killer" in painful situations.
Benefits of Muscle Stimulation include:
- Preventing atrophy of the muscles when they have not been used in a while due to paralysis, being bedridden, or due to severe injury.
- Strengthening the nerves in certain groups of muscles
- Muscle spasm and muscle pain reduction
These devices have been successfully used within the medical community for quite some time. Electrodes connected to adhesive pads are stuck to the skin and the electric pulses are sent through the skin to the muscles via these pads.
Russian Muscle Stimulation
The Russian Muscle Stimulation device is also an EMS used for nerve stimulation. The electric currents that result are stronger and they penetrate deeper into the muscles. Sometimes the contractions of the muscles and nerves can be quite painful because they are more complex than with other EMS devices.
When used with exercise, EMS Muscle Stimulator devices can be quite helpful. For those simply wanting to use them to get those six-pack abs, the EMS device should be used in combination with exercise. When using an EMS during exercise, the nerves and muscles will recover faster and the growth of the muscles as well as their endurance and strength do improve when used before and after exercise. There are also areas of the body that may not be reached through exercise and an EMS device can stimulate those areas, which helps promote overall physical health. However, the Electronic Muscle Stimulator device can’t produce a rock solid body alone, but what it can do is act as a great companion to other effective lifestyle changes.
Electronic muscle stimulators are excellent tools that are used world wide for rehabilitation toning, reshaping, and firming thighs, buttocks, and for maintaining muscle definition. There are also other types of muscle stimulators that can be useful in developing and strengthening muscle, or can be used to in order to control pain.