Electric Muscle Stimulation
Less stress, more strength
Ongoing studies show that building muscle is very important for your overall health and wellness. However, physical limitations, an injury, or the lack of time that it takes to build muscle, may contribute to this practice not being high on your priority list. When my doctor informed me that I have degeneration in my neck and lower back, she added, “you aren’t getting any younger.” I’ve lifted weights for most of my life, but I was now experiencing pain and numbness in my hands. And, to be honest, I was getting somewhat tired of it. As my doctor so succinctly pointed out to me, my chronological age was increasing, which meant that my body wasn’t responding like it used to.I was introduced to whole body Electric Muscle Stimulation training (EMS) through a client of mine. I learned that EMS was often used for rehabilitation purposes in physiotherapy in the prevention of disuse muscle atrophy, which can occur after musculo-skeletal injuries, such as damage to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The technology for EMS has been fine-tuned over the years, and is now safe, comfortable and user-friendly. When you think about it, our own nervous systems run on electrical impulses. EMS is something that most people can utilize, and it doesn’t put any stress on the joints or the spine. The practice has been more widely used in Europe over the past 10 years, and they are reporting wonderful success stories.
HOW IT WORKS
EMS, or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. In the 70s, the Russians used EMS technology on their athletes to help them to achieve enhanced strength and endurance. Athletes around the world often use EMS for training.
The training that I took involves wearing an ‘esuit’, which looks like something between a swat jacket and a paratrooper outﬁt. The esuit is then connected to the main ‘brain’, and an experienced trainer titrates all the individual muscle levels. I started with a 20-minute, full body workout once a week. It didn’t take long before I felt, and saw, results. Now more than two years later, the excruciating pain that I used to have in my lower back is a distant memory. I now do it once or twice a week, and at 56 years old, I feel amazing.
STRENGTH TRAINING BENEFITS