Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses and is a common staple for many professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
EMS serves as a strength training tool, a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients and a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are pads that adhere to the skin, targeting the correlating muscle group. The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training.
Muscle stimulation has been recognized for its benefits in recovery, but it provides huge enhancements across all areas of athleticism. Elite athletes and fitness minded individuals get stronger, boost speed, improve endurance, reduce fatigue, and increase muscle mass.
Explosive strength can be increased specifically by using muscle stimulation during a workout or training. The stim trains the muscle fibers at a higher activity level, for longer periods of time, than can be achieved during a regular workout.
Muscle stimulation is used to activate the fast muscle fibers immediately, bypassing the slow fiber phase in order to adapt your muscles to a high workload. You will obtain accelerated strength development without a hard workout.
Muscle stim trains your brain to work just as hard during training as it does during a competition. Which means you will improve your performance in competitive settings because your fatigue and stress levels have already been replicated during training.
Most athletes have a goal during endurance training to increase their oxygen consumption. When endurance training is combined with muscle stimulation, the oxygen consumption doubles giving athletes huge gains.
To learn more about how muscle stimulation can help you with your training or recovery, or to make an appointment, call Rush Sports Recovery at (623) 780-2285 today.