EMS is most often used in the prevention and treatment of muscle atrophy. Muscle atrophy can result from an accident, injury or a chronic illness. Even if the bones, joints, tendons or ligaments are damaged, EMS can strengthen the surrounding muscle thereby aiding in rehabilitation.
The muscles can be re-trained and activated when the patient has trouble moving a muscle or joint. EMS can also re-train your brain to send messages via the nerve pathways to muscles. Each electrical pulse stimulates the muscles to contract until the muscle is strong enough for more advanced forms of therapy.
Another benefit of EMS is its ability to reduce painful muscle spasms. It also reduces inflammation and swelling by increasing circulation. EMS can also be used to strengthen and reduce fatigue and soreness in athlete’s muscles.
Many athletes use EMS after intense workouts or training to repair overworked muscles. In general, EMS does not promote weight loss or muscle sculpting on its own but can be added to a regimen to target certain muscles.