Today i shocked myself as advised by the yoga therapist …..
If you’ve had a muscle injury, there’s every chance you’ll benefit from EMS devices at surgeries, hospitals and gyms – that’s because they are commonly used to treat muscle groups affected by sports injuries.
Most EMS devices contain sport programmes and recovery programmes to effectively relieve minor aches and pains from your muscle workout.
A rehabilitation program should be designed with seven essential principles in mind: 2 main objectives and individual long and short-term goals.
Principles of sports rehabilitation:
- Avoid aggravation – do not make the injury worse during the rehabilitation
- Timing – rehabilitation should be started as soon as it is possible without aggravating the injury
- Compliance – it is imperative you carry out the rehabilitation program in its entirety
- Individualization – each athlete is different. The rehabilitation response will vary from patient to patient
- Specific sequencing – incorporate all components of physical fitness as part of your rehabilitation program
- Intensity – without aggravating the injury rehab should challenge you and progress your fitness
- Total patient – it is important not to just focus on the injured part but to offer a holistic overall body rehab approach
The 2 main objectives of sports rehabilitation are:
- Prevent deconditioning as a result of the injury
- Rehabilitate the injured part
How EMS Works
EMS devices have become quite popular in sports injury rehabilitation. When a person has a muscle injury, the electrical current produced by the EMS machine stimulates the muscles. This stimulation triggers repairing of the muscle tissue.
Electronic Muscle Stimulation Devices produce electrical signals that stimulate the nerves. The devices are normally connected to the patient through electrodes that are held in place with adhesive. By placing the pads on a certain set of muscles, and then sending the impulses via the EMS unit, the muscles will react by contracting and relaxing. The resulting contractions are much like the contractions that take place during regular exercise.
Depending on the area that requires treatment, a practitioner can switch the voltage for different pressure points on the muscle. The low voltage reduces pain and stimulates the muscle tissue. EMS devices help stimulate muscle tissue that may not be affected by regular exercise routines. They will stimulate damaged muscle tissues resulting in repairing, toning, and strengthening of the damaged tissue. Wherever the tissues are damaged, EMA devices will stimulate the fibers to various degrees and patterns. These patterns will create a different response from the contraction. Programs are designed to improve exhaustion resistance, endurance, and promote muscle healing. The purpose of using EMS on athletes is to shorten recovery time so they can return to the sport.