SportsMed EXERCISE - a strong EMS function for motor nerve stimulation
SportsMed directly stimulates motor nerves, causing the muscle to contract. In the pause phase, the muscle relaxes and recovers. A program of daily exercise is just like going to the gym - but only for the specific targeted muscles.
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Muscle conditioning provided by SportsMed stimulation machine
EMS electro therapy may be applied to strengthen muscles that are:
- Forced to rest due to injury - to prevent atrophy
- Weakened due to injury, illness or surgery
- Responding poorly to a manual exercise program
- Weakened during pregnancy or childbirth
- Slowly weakening because of advanced age
- Under-developed relative to other comparable muscles
Both skeletal and visceral muscle can be stimulated with mild electrical pulses.
Objectives of electro muscle stimulation
The objectives of EMS are to:
- Increase the strength and stamina of specific muscle groups
- Re-establish full neural pathway memory
Avoiding muscle atrophy and re-strengthening muscle are important components of the rehabilitation process - helping to prevent a recurrence of an injury. It is always best to take a targeted approach rather than trying to condition many muscles simultaneously. If the motor nerves are denervated or only partly nervated, the stimulus may be applied directly to the muscle fibre.
Prevention of muscle atrophy and improved condition
Skeletal muscle derives its name from the fact that these muscles always connect to the skeleton in at least one place.
Skeletal muscle is the only voluntary muscle tissue in the human body - it is controlled consciously. Every physical action that a person consciously performs requires skeletal muscle. The function of skeletal muscle is to move parts of the body closer to the bone that the muscle is attached to. Most skeletal muscles are attached to two bones across a joint, so the muscle serves to move parts of those bones closer to each other.
Skeletal muscle cells form when many smaller progenitor cells lump themselves together to form long, straight, multi-nucleated fibres. These skeletal muscle fibres are very strong.
Visceral muscle is found inside of organs like the stomach, intestines, and blood vessels. The weakest of all muscle tissues, visceral muscle makes organs contract to move substances through the organ. Because visceral muscle is controlled by the unconscious part of the brain, it is known as involuntary muscle - it cannot be directly controlled by the conscious mind. The term “smooth muscle” is often used to describe visceral muscle because it has a very smooth, uniform appearance when viewed under a microscope.
All serious injuries should be professionally diagnosed and an injury management plan developed in consultation with your physiotherapist or doctor. ActivLife recommends the following to help rehabilitate either an acute or a repetitive strain musculoskeletal injury:
- Minimize muscle atrophy - generally
- Trigger and re-awaken specific motor nerve pathways
- Strengthen muscle - specific to the injury site
SportsMed aid to rehabilitation
The EXERCISE mode of our SportsMed TENS machine will help with this rehabilitation process;
- Apply to uninjured but resting muscles while the injury elsewhere is recovering
- When it is safe to do so, strengthening muscle supporting the site of the prior injury
- This is done in combination with a manual exercise and an active stretching program