Sam Strayer speaks with George Alger about electro muscle stimulation (EMS), including what it is, its benefits and who it’s for.
EMS can be utilized as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes. It can be used as a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients. EMS can be used as a testing tool for evaluating neural and muscular functions. It can also be used as a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes.
The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated.
The impulses mimic the action potential that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.
The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin.
In the United States, EMS devices are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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