For many years, electrostimulation was used solely by healthcare professionals such as physical therapists. Over time, athletes who have discovered the benefits of electrostimulation in healing their injuries have picked up on this technique to help improve their muscular performance. Electrostimulation has now become a technique that is accessible to everyone.
- to optimize their muscular qualities: what works on wasted or weakened muscles also works on healthy muscles. With electrostimulation, the muscles selected can be given a very intense workout. This workout can be customized to develop specific qualities depending on the program selected: endurance, strength or resistance for example
- to speed up recovery after an intense workout and limit aches and pains.
- to prevent injuries, for example twisted ankles, by reinforcing certain muscles (in this case the peroneal muscles).
- to relieve pain, for example tendon problems or muscle contraction problems.
Those who want to stay in good shape
A sedentary lifestyle has harmful effects on the muscular system. Muscles lose power, become tired more easily and are no longer able to perform correctly their role of maintaining the skeleton and the different organs. Other than the detrimental consequences on the shape of the body, this muscular insufficiency can be the cause of pain, for example lumbar pains whose frequency is increased in people without efficient abdominal muscles.
Electrostimulation can restore or maintain a toned muscular system capable of ensuring effective maintenance of the body and preventing numerous pains.
Physical therapists talk about electrotherapy. They use it particularly for
- rehabilitation: for example after being unable to move for a while due to an injury, muscles lose certain qualities that electrostimulation will help find again. Physical therapists therefore use electrostimulation to strengthen certain muscles.
- hemiplegics for whom electrostimulation is used to improve their ability to raise the ball of the foot and improve control of their muscles.
- treating different forms of incontinence and preventing it after labour.
- relieving chronic or acute pains, for example cervical pains, lumbago or lumbosciatica.
- improving the disorders of people suffering from circulatory problems.This can range from the feeling of heavy legs to arterial insufficiency which often reduces the walking range of these people due to pain.
People suffering from pain
Pain is a sign that can be caused by many things. Relieving pain is now a priority for which electrostimulation is ideal. Bad backs, joint pains and neuralgia are common indications of electrostimulation for pain relief which can be done at home or under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Electrostimulation has huge benefits, including:
- making the muscles work without putting too much strain on joints, as is the case with weights used with traditional muscle building equipment.
- being able to target precisely a muscular group to work on ; This is very useful for physical therapists who can thus maintain the qualities of the muscles which are impossible to use when a person is immobilized. It is also very useful for athletes who want to have a workout on the muscles more specifically involved in their discipline.
- being able to combine muscular stimulation with pain relief treatment to make some patients recover quicker.
- being able to relieve pain by avoiding or limiting the use of drugs that cause unwanted side effects.