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Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) can help treat musculoskeletal injuries or ailments. EMS is a common and effective way to: Relieve discomfort and painReduce muscle spasms.

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Some companies claim that their devices support weight loss or build strong ab muscles without requiring exercise. However, there is no evidence that a muscle stimulator can substantially change a person’s body.

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Most manufacturers of EMS machines recommend using the machines on one muscle group at a time, alternating muscle groups every day. Some machines allow you to stimulate two muscle groups at a time, which is fine as long as they’re not antagonistic muscle groups.

They warn us of the following potential side effects of EMS:

  • Even though you can keep muscles active and toned, there is a danger of muscle degeneration, which can lead to early atrophy.
  • It can increase anaerobic metabolism, thereby, increasing lactic acid levels, which can be dangerous for cardiac patients.

Does EMS reduce belly fat?


Surprisingly, without modifying their exercise or diet, the EMS did indeed cause significant effects on decreasing waist circumference, abdominal obesity, subcutaneous fat mass, and body fat percentage, leading the researchers to conclude: “The use of the high-frequency current therapy may be beneficial for reducing …

Is EMS harmful?

If used incorrectly, EMS can cause muscle damage. When this occurs, small muscle particles are released into the blood stream and can damage the kidneys…

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EMS Training is an effective way to improve your fitness level, body image and wellbeing in far less time. Only 1 to 2 sessions a week are enough to see results. It is also used for rehabilitation after injury, for joint-sparing muscle formation and for targeted back exercises.

David Cooper

Studies in experimental models as well as in human subjects confirmed that EMS can increase muscle mass by around 1% and improve muscle function by around 10–15% after 5–6 weeks of treatment.

William Lau

So, how does EMS help during a workout? According to Bernstein, EMS machines allow you to activate more muscle fibers than you could if you were to just do a standard strength exercise without EMS. “It’s really much more complete in terms of individual muscles you’re working

Julielle Océan

Can you use EMS to lose weight?

Although EMS can prompt weight loss in the whole body, research has shown that EMS is able to specifically target the abdominal area (a common problem area for most people). The research found that without modifying their diet or exercise, the EMS training was able to help candidates lose weight from their midsections.