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Doctor insights on: Swallowing Exercises And Electrical Muscle Stimulation

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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

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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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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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

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Can electrical muscle stimulation be an alternative to muscle stretching?

Can electrical muscle stimulation be an alternative to muscle stretching?

Contracts muscles: Muscle stimulation causes muscle to contract so it really is not an alternative to muscle stretching. Some feel it is useful for strengthening muscles. ...Read more

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Can electrical muscle stimulation be an alternative to active stretching?

No: Ems causes muscles to contract and may help to strengthen muscles. You still have to stretch to gain muscle length and flexibility. ...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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What causes abnormal needle EMG in Latissimus dorsi muscles (on the sides- no electrical activity), upper arms/body weakness and scapular winging?

What causes abnormal needle EMG in Latissimus dorsi muscles (on the sides- no electrical activity), upper arms/body weakness and scapular winging?

Injury 2 the long--: --thoracic nerve of Bell. It inervates(sp) the serratus anterior which stabilizes the scapula.This wwould cause scapular winging, & poor function of the arm, ,as the function depends on a stable scapula. ...Read more

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Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

It can do both: It can stimulate a damaged muscle to make it work or it can over stimulate a musscle and damage it. ...Read more

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Have pinched nerve with leg symptoms (muscle spasm in morning) and limited on activity. Is it safe to use muscle simulator device on those muscles?

Have pinched nerve with leg symptoms (muscle spasm in morning) and limited on activity. Is it safe to use muscle simulator device on those muscles?

Stimulators Safe: Massaging or stimulating your spasmed muscles should be safe. And if it improves your symptoms keep doing it. If it worsens them stop the stimulation. Other helpful treatments are gentle stretching, ice and/ or heat to the effected area. ...Read more

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Are there any specific breathing exercises/techniques that provide immediate or fast relief from anxiety and associated muscle tension?

Are there any specific breathing exercises/techniques that provide immediate or fast relief from anxiety and associated muscle tension?

Any exercise: You can start with any type of vigorous exercise. Can you start it slowly and then ramp it up. This would be your best nonmedication way of treating anxiety. You could also ask your physician to get you consulting. ...Read more

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Does muscle contraction deal with muscles that are tense during working out?

Does muscle contraction deal with muscles that are tense during working out?

Yes: Muscles contract or become tense when you exercise. There are 3 type of muscle contractions. Concentric = muscle length shortens as it contracts (when you do a biceps curl). Isometric=no change in muscle length (when you show off your biceps). Eccentric=muscle lengthens as it contracts (plyometric exercises such as a box jump) - best way to become stronger or treat muscle injury. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does ems (electrical muscle stimulation) help you burn fat or just tone your abbs?

Does ems (electrical muscle stimulation) help you burn fat or just tone your abbs?

Neither really: Ems has been around a long time and if really helpful would have supplanted real exercise by now. Toss it to the side, eat better, and get some exercise. Keep it around for bell's palsy or swallowing problems from a stroke i suppose but any significant results are likely not due to having that strapped on. ...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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Can electrical muscle stimulation really build muscle or is it just a gimmick?

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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Does electrical muscle stimulation have some bad effects for your heart?

Does electrical muscle stimulation have some bad effects for your heart?

Usually no: Normal therapeutic electrical stimulation of the muscles of the body will stimulate the skeletal muscles only. The heart will be unaffected. A tens unit or similar device will not affect the heart. However, it is possible under extra-ordinary situations to effect the heart with electrical stimulation. People with pacemakers can be affected. Recently, a report that a taser device could affect it. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers slow the healing process of sore muscles after weight lifting?

Do muscle relaxers slow the healing process of sore muscles after weight lifting?

Probably not: The muscle-relaxing effects of these medicines are most likely the result of their ability to depress the central nervous system. They are also called sedatives. In low back pain, muscle relaxants improve pain, muscle tension, and mobility. But side effects are common. Do not take these without proper directions from your physician as they are addictive. ...Read more

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How can stimulation help in muscle rehabilitation?

Exercise substitute: Inactive muscle cells eventually die, and they can't be replaced. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is designed to deliver small electrical stimulations to trigger skeletal muscles (as opposed to gut muscles) to contract without needing to physically perform exercise. Such treatments are only helpful in certain conditions, with more effectiveness at maintaining rather than building muscle mass. ...Read more

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Which arm and abdominal exercises to tone muscles are considered effective?

Which arm and abdominal exercises to tone muscles are considered effective?

Cardio Mix: The best way to lose weight is cardio & a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up w/ running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. Exercises such as crunches, planks, sit-ups, etc are good for toning the abdominal muscles, but cardio is best for weight loss. ...Read more

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (Definition)

Ems can be used as a therapeutic or cosmetic tool. There are over the counter and prescription devices. The fda have certified ems devices for the following: relaxation of muscle spasms; prevention or slowing of disuse atrophy; increasing local blood circulation; muscle re-education; and immediate post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles ...Read more