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The following information is not meant to be in any way prescriptive and is merely content that has been compiled to help you make an informed decision about which product could suit you. Please remember to contact your physician or sports medicine professional for proper, qualified guidance.
Electrotherapy is the use of electrical currents for a range of uses. Electrotherapy can be used in treatments such as pain relief, improving circulation, repairing tissues, bone growth, strengthening muscles.
Our brains send signals to every part of the body, the nervous system and brain need electricity to send and receive these signals. Electrotherapy devices send electrical impulses that block or interfere with the body’s pain signals which are how pain-relief is achieved – the cells aren’t magically recovering through electrotherapy alone; your body is just not registering the pain due to the interference between the nerves and brain from the electrotherapy.
Electrostimulation, although similar to electrotherapy is different is the sense that it has a different purpose. Electrostimulation sends electrical currents that aim to target both muscles and nerves, this is because electrostimulation is used for muscle recovery. The electrical currents create repetitive muscle contractions, improve blood circulation as well as help repair injured muscles. These all help you to achieve a more effective workout and faster recovery.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and refers to the use of a mild current to achieve pain relief. TENS devices usually refer to a small, battery powered device that uses electrodes to connect to various parts of the body.
Electrical muscle stimulation machines are designed to stimulate the muscles with the aim of strengthening them and promoting rehabilitation.
NMES is Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and it is similar to TENS in the sense that they both use an electrical current to treat pain and the only difference is the way this is achieved and the purpose. TENS stimulates the nerves and aim to block pain signals from the brain or release pain relief endorphins whereas NMES stimulates the muscles which causes the muscle to contract and simulates exercise.
Do not place electrodes on :
There are no known side effects of electrotherapy, this is in part due to lack of extensive, conclusive research but all contemporary studies suggest it is perfectly safe. The most reoccurring side effect is damage done by electrodes to the skin in the form of irritation.
Please consult your physician or physiotherapist for proper, qualified guidance. It is recommended that you use your EMS device on one muscle group at a time, alternating muscles or muscle groups and you should only use it 1-2 times a week. For TENS purposes, you can use your TENS device as frequently as required but remember to give yourself a break because the effects last for 30 minutes depending on your pain tolerance, therefore, try to give yourself a 20 – 30 minute break to avoid skin irritation. Also, try to keep in mind that your pain tolerance will increase the more you use the device so try to avoid overusing to continue getting the same benefits and feeling of pain relief. Please do not sleep with an electrotherapy device on, this is not a good idea.
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