Electronic Muscle Stimulator
Information about EMS Machines & TENS Machines
- EMS Machine (Electric Muscle Stimulation)
- TENS Machines for Pain Relief
- TENS & EMS Electrodes and Replacement Leads
- How to Choose the Best TENS or EMS Machine for You?
What is an EMS Machine?
An EMS machine (or Electrical Muscle Stimulator) is essentially an electronic machine with the capacity to contract your muscles via an electrical current passed through your muscle.
How does EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulation) potentially help to Strengthen Your Muscles?
Electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) may help you to facilitate the strengthening of weak muscles. There are several theories on how EMS may assist muscle strengthening.
One potential reason is that when you maximally contract a muscle, at best, only 30% of all your muscle fibres are in a state of contraction. The remaining 70% are dormant and awaiting recruitment when the contracting fibres fatigue. With EMS you can potentially electrically stimulate these resting muscle fibres to improve their strength.
Clinically, EMS appears to be more effective when the muscles are very weak and you have difficulty performing normal anti-gravity exercises. Another reason that EMS potentially works is via an improvement in the speed of motor unit activation.
Explained simply, it takes approximately 10000 repetitions for your brain to learn how to quickly send a message to your muscles via the quickest nerve pathways. This contraction pattern becomes your "memory engram". The more frequent your muscle is recruited the better your body becomes at finding the quickest way to recruit that muscle. EMS can potentially provide you with repeated contractions to accelerate this learning process.
To achieve your best outcome, we recommend that you seek professional advice on how to best utilise your EMS machine from your local physiotherapist who specialises in EMS muscle retraining.
Seek Professional Advice
Your TENS machine is an electronic pain relieving machine that may assist you in the relief of pain. An EMS machine is an electrical muscle stimulator that may assist muscle strengthening. TENS machines and EMS machines should always be used as directed and under the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.
Your physiotherapist is an expert in the application of a TENS machine or an EMS machine. Please ask your physiotherapist or health practitioner for specific advice to assist your pain relief via a TENS machine.
Always read the instruction manual prior to use. If symptoms persist we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your physiotherapist or a suitably trained health professional.
EMS Machine Selection
- NeuroTrac Rehab (TENS Machine + Electrical Muscle Stimulation)
- NeuroTrac Sports - Electronic Muscle Stimulator
- NeuroTrac Sports XL - Electronic Muscle Stimulator
- SportsMed Pro EMS & TENS Machine
How to Choose the Best EMS Machine for Your Needs
Choosing the Best EMS Machine (Electric Muscle Stimulator) for your individual needs can be difficult.
To help you, PhysioWorks has designed a 5-second Interactive EMS Decision Tool.
Simply answer a few questions and the Best Tens Machine or EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulator) for your specific needs will be identified within 5 seconds!
TENS Machine & EMS Downloads Available
TENS / EMS Selection Guide (121 KB)
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