What is EMS and how does it help with Muscle Weakness?
Research has shown that electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) can help to strengthen weak muscles. The main reason lies in the fact that at any time you maximally contract a muscle, at best, only 30% of all your muscle fibres are in a state of contraction. The remaining 70% are dormant and awaiting recruitment when the contracting fibres fatigue.
With EMS you can electrically stimulate these resting muscle fibres and thereby improve their strength quicker. Another reason that EMS works is by an improvement in the recruitment of nerve conduction rates. Explained simply, it takes a few weeks for your brain to learn how to quickly
send a message to your muscles via the quickest nerve pathways. The more frequent the muscle is recruited the better your body becomes at finding the quickest way to recruit that muscle. It is similar to moving house; it takes you a few weeks to find the quickest way to drive to work via new roads. But, once you’ve found the quickest way, you’ll keep using that same way almost subconsciously.
Your nerves are just the same, they take time to learn the quickest way to send the message and then keep using it. EMS can help you speed up this learning process.