Electric muscle stimulation, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), has existed in the physiotherapy field for many years thanks to its proven success. For anyone trying to overcome acute or chronic injury, full-body EMS training can offer the same benefits as traditional physiotherapy, when incorporated as part of a carefully formulated programme designed to facilitate rehabilitation and recovery.
Some of the most common areas it is used to treat in people of all ages include the neck, back, knees and ankles. Targeted training of the muscles, and those muscles around the problem joints, can alleviate the pain, working particularly well at strengthening deep seated areas.
Another unique advantage of full-body EMS is the “body relaxation” effect, in which different frequencies and parameters (similar to those used for physical therapy) are used to promote recovery, in a similar way to a massage.
For patients suffering from back complaints, various studies** have demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of training in both prevention and treatment. The spinal column becomes more stable by training the core muscles around the abdomen and muscle imbalances can be evened out, resulting in a stronger trunk and back.
Back pain statistics include:
- 88 % of the subjects dramatically reduced their back pain. The frequency and duration of the pain lessened by as much as 80%.
- More than 40% of participants complained about constant back pain at the start of the study, versus just 9% after six weeks of training.
- The pain totally disappeared in 44% of the patients with chronic complaints.
- The duration of back pain caused by daily activity e.g. heavy lifting, walking, bending over, heavy physical labor, chores, sports, driving or sitting for long periods improved by up to 30%.
* Cite Miha-BodyTec.com
** Source: Studies at the University of Bayreuth (Boeckh-Behrens/Vatter 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Walz/Niewöhner 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Sebelefsky/Grützmacher 2002, Boeckh-Behrens/Stötzel/Benner 2003).
*** Full-length studies and all included literature will gladly be provided upon request.
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