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Doctor insights on: Electric Muscle Stimulators Effectiveness

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Can electrical muscle stimulation (ems) technology help tone up muscles?

Can electrical muscle stimulation (ems) technology help tone up muscles?

YES: Filipovic, kleinöder dörmann, an mester in a review published in 2011 (j strength cond res. 2011 nov 5) found that ems could increase fitness and performance. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Who benefits the most from transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation?

Who benefits the most from transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation?

TENS: Although it has been used to treat other types of pain, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (tens) is often used to treat pain related to muscle, joint, or bony problems. ...Read more

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Can transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation deal with back pain?

Can transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation deal with back pain?

Yes: Tens may decrease pain, particularly that associated with muscle, ligament and nerve mediated pain (as opposed to that originating from bone). ...Read more

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Ems (electrical muscle stimulation) unit - is this useful for building up my muscle tone?

YES: Filipovic, kleinöder dörmann, an mester in a review published in 2011 (j strength cond res. 2011 nov 5) found that ems could increase fitness and performance. ...Read more

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Does electrical muscle stimulation help build muscle mass?

Does electrical muscle stimulation help build muscle mass?

Probably not: Electric stimulators have a use in rehab, they keep muscles from atrophying. But there is no evidence that they build muscle, although it's easy to believe that they would. I remain skeptical. But you know what does build muscle? Exercise! ...Read more

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Has anyone obtained effective results in toning up by using electrical muscle stimulation?

YES: Filipovic, kleinöder dörmann, an mester in a review published in 2011 (j strength cond res. 2011 nov 5) found that ems could increase fitness and performance. ...Read more

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Can electrical muscle stimulation really help build muscle?

Can electrical muscle stimulation really help build muscle?

Not much.: Muscle hypertrophy is maximed when the nerve to the muscle tells it to contract. Some benefit can occur, but is slight compared to "real" exercise. Can help to prevent muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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Muscle fibers forming pacemaker are less striated than other muscle fibers..But does it help the pacemaker conduct impulse faster, how?

Muscle fibers forming pacemaker are less striated than other muscle fibers..But does it help the pacemaker conduct impulse faster, how?

Not clear ?: No muscle fibers make the pacemaker. Pacemaker is an artificial device implanted in one's heart. The leas of a pacemaker are not in the muscle but in one of the heart vessels. ...Read more

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Does the cranial electro stimulation machine really work and improve anxiety,depression?

Does the cranial  electro stimulation machine really work and improve anxiety,depression?

Alpha - Stim: Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation - doesn't work on 100% of people. I currently use this with a # of my patients. It helps the majority. I test the patient with CES first. If it isn't making a difference - we don't use it. The patients who find it effective really love it. Yes it can help. Take care. ...Read more

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Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Temporarily: Tens or transcuteous nerve stimulation is a usefull modality for temporary relaxation of certain muscles associated with headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Is the electric muscle stimulator ( EMS ) bad for the muscles, skin, health problems, etc..?

Is the electric muscle stimulator ( EMS )  bad for the muscles, skin, health problems, etc..?

Electric muscle stim: First of all are you using it on your own or are you going to a physical therapy place or a physical medicine doctor for this? If you use it under the supervision of a healthcare provider, it should be okay. Too much is not good and if used on your own, it could be harmful, so please check with a doctor. ...Read more

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How are deep brain stimulation devices implanted?

How are deep brain stimulation devices implanted?

Surgically: Burr hole, advance electrode to appropriate depth, the impulse generator goes to your chest like a cardiac pacemaker. For details ask google - lots of patient resources with images etc available online. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does ems (electrical muscle stimulation) belts help you burn fat or is it just marketing hype?

Does ems (electrical muscle stimulation) belts help you burn fat or is it just marketing hype?

Build muscle: Dr.Kots was able to show, using a tensiometric device, that the muscle tension produced in a maximal ems contraction can be up to 30% higher than a maximal voluntary contraction. This finding was corroborated by independent studies and makes intuitive sense, given the nature of the body's energy conservation system. This paper was published 1973 in montreal concordia univ by dr.Kots of ussr. ...Read more

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How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?

How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?

Usually no effect.: The lightning strike (even as a bystander - it travels through the soil & can pop up at distances far from the original strike) can have deleterious effects on your heart (causing arrhythmia) or brain (causing unconsciousness) but these are just as likely with or without an implanted device. All electronic implants have a floating ground, which means they cannot short out because of an external ch ...Read more

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What are nerve stimulator implants side effects?

What are nerve stimulator implants side effects?

Risk vs benefits: Infection is the #1 risk which is less than 4% per 2004 study in journal neurosurgery spine. Less common risks include bleeding, nerve irritation/damage, allergic reaction, hardware malfunction, pain at implant site, dysesthesias, and spinal headache. The risks are fairly low in the hands of an experienced physician, and the benefits can be great. Talk to your doc about details. ...Read more

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Will nerve stimulators help headaches?

Will nerve stimulators help headaches?

Headaches: In brief yes. Pns has been used in very select cases for headaches. They are very successful in those instances. See a pain doctor to discuss further. ...Read more

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Can overuse of tens therapy unit reduce or eliminate effectiveness of tens or cause nerve damage that feeling of tens sensation is eliminated?

No: TNS units use micro electric current to block,pain because you have the option of changing output, skin could be burned or damaged by high output. Pad size plays a role, with smaller pads concentrating the force. The benefits are not affected by repeated use, but misuse can lead to injury. ...Read more