Electronic Muscle Stimulators
Electronic Muscle Stimulators
Electronic muscle stimulators, or EMS stimulators, are electrical muscle stimulation devices designed to safely cause muscles to contract with electric pulses. Generating the impulses through electrode pads placed in specific places on the skin, the electrical impulses from the electronic muscle stimulator essentially mimic the same impulses generated by the central nervous system. One of the earlier forms of electrotherapy, electronic muscle stimulation is commonly used for muscle training and rehabilitation, and is commonly used by athletes, trainers, coaches, and physical therapists.
How are Electronic Muscle Stimulators used?
Electronic muscle stimulators are used for both training and therapeutic purposes. In the medical field, EMS stimulators are used for rehabilitation of muscles, such as when a patient suffers a musculoskeletal injury and there is concern for disuse muscle atrophy. EMS should not be confused with TENS Therapy, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, in which electrical impulses are used to stimulate nerves for relief of acute or chronic pain. Electronic muscles stimulators are commonly used immediately after surgery to stimulate calf muscles in an effort to prevent venous thrombosis, and are also used for increasing circulation, muscle re-education, and increasing or maintaining range of motion.
In addition to muscle recovery and prevention of atrophy, electronic muscle stimulators are used as a training tool. Some use electronic muscle stimulators to target specific muscle groups for aesthetic purposes. While devices such as the Slendertone and other EMS abdominal belts are effective for specific muscle toning, they are not able to provide enough of a caloric burn to be considered a fat burning or weight loss device. The amount of calories burned by an electronic muscle stimulator is marginal at best, and to effectively burn calories, the body must be engaged in physical exercise where several muscles, the heart, and the respiratory system are all working. EMS stimulators are not meant to burn fat or calories, but to target specific muscle groups for specific training goals. Many professional level athletes and coaches use the devices to supplement their training regimen and help speed up the recovery process. Electronic muscle stimulators are also commonly used to increase or maintain range of motion.
FDA Certification of Electronic Muscle Stimulators
The United States Food and Drug Administration has certified EMS devices as either over-the-counter or prescription devices, and has recognized that electronic muscle stimulators used for medical purposes should be used under supervision of an authorized practitioner, such as a doctor or therapist. The FDA recognizes EMS stimulators as being used for:
- Prevention of disuse atrophy
- Muscle re-education
- Relaxation of muscle spasms
- Increasing circulation
- Immediate post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to help prevent venous thrombosis
- Maintaining or increasing range of motion
Because EMS stimulators generate an electric current through the skin, they should not be used:
- By those with pacemakers
- On vital parts such as carotid sinus nerves, across the chest, across the brain
- During pregnancy, menstruation, or any other condition that may be affected my muscle contraction
Some patients may have bad skin reactions to the EMS electrode pads, and burns may occur when the device is used improperly. Be sure to check with doctor or therapist to make sure that use of an electronic muscle stimulator is right for you.
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The Mettler Sys*Stim 294 4-Channel Neuromuscular Stimulator provides users with six stimulation waveforms. These waveforms include Interferential, Premodulated, Medium Frequency, Biphasic, High Volt and Microcurrent. With up to four different treatment protocols that can be run simultaneously users are provided with maximum treatment flexibility. Lightweight and portable, the Mettler Sys*Stim 294 has soft-touch control knobs that allows a clinician to easily adjust the stimulation intensity. Buy the Mettler Sys*Stim 294 4-Channel Neuromuscular Stimulator today from ActiveForever!Learn More
The Mettler Sys*Stim Single Channel Cable Adapter Set is designed to function with the Mettler Sys* Stim 206 and 207. The set includes the plug adapter for Sys* Stim models and one international cable for a quick and easy connection. Buy the Mettler Sys*Stim Single Channel Cable Adapter Set from ActiveForever today!Learn More
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The Mettler Therapeutic Laser Applicator is a therapeutic infrared laser that helps reduce pain by directing pain-relieving light deep into muscle tissues. Designed for use with the Mettler Laser Sys*Stim 540 Therapeutic Laser (SKU A13788), this applicator features a 785 nanometers (nm) laser with three additional 476 nm blue LED lights. The Mettler Therapeutic Laser Applicator emits infrared coherent light to illuminate the treatment field, thus showing the clinician where the laser is pointed. Buy the Mettler Therapeutic Laser Applicator from Active Forever today!Learn More
The Mettler Trio*Stim 230 Volt CE Power Adapter is a universal power adapter designed for use with the Mettler Trio*Stim Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator. Buy the Mettler Trio*Stim 230 Volt CE Power Adapter from ActiveForever today!Learn More
The Mettler Trio*Stim Lead Wire Set is designed to replace worn, damaged, or lost lead wire sets for the Mettler Trio*Stim Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator. Make sure power is off before disconnecting or attaching the lead wire. Use caution when removing the lead wire from the unit - grasping the plastic strain relieve and not the lead wire when disconnecting. Buy the Mettler Trio*Stim Lead Wire Set from ActiveForever today!Learn More
The Mettler Trio*Stim Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator is a battery-operated neuromuscular electrical stimulator that features three therapeutic modes. This fully portable and handheld device offers users TENS, Muscle Stimulation and Microcurrent therapies; this two-channel can be utilized for pain control with either TENS or Microcurrent stimulation or can be used for muscle rehabilitation, re-education and spasm reduction.Learn More
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The Sys*Stim and Sonicator Travel Tote Bag are designed to carry Mettler therapy products and their accessories. With the included shoulder strap, this durable tote bag is available in three different versions to house the correct product.Learn More
The Mettler Electronics Bifurcation Cable Set is an accessory for virtually all Mettler stimulator and Sonicator units. This set of two cables features a red and black cable as well as a pin terminator. Buy the Mettler Electronics Bifurcation Cable Set today from ActiveForever!Learn More
The Mettler Sonicator Plus 930 2-Channel Combination Therapy Device is an easy to use therapeutic device that provides patients with muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound. The Sonicator Plus 930 features Interferential, Premodulated and Medium Frequency, which are the three most popular stim waveforms that clinicians use.Learn More
The Mettler Neuromuscular Stimulator Dual Channel Cable Adapter Set is an accessory to several of the Mettler Sys*Stim units as well as the Sonicator Plus 900. Included are two plug adapters and two international cables. Buy the Mettler Neuromuscular Stimulator Dual Channel Cable Adapter Set today from ActiveForever!Learn More