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EMS Against Back Pain

  • 49 participants trained 25 minutes, 2 times/week
  • 89% reported a reduction in back pain
  • 61% reported an improvement in overall condition
  • 76% reported an improvement in mood
  • 50% reported positive physical change
  • 76% felt more relaxed after training
  • In conclusion, full-body EMS training is time-efficient and an effective method of training for overall health

Boeckh-Behrens, W., Grützmacher, N., & Sebelefsky, J. (2002). Full body Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training against back pain. Retrieved December 19, 2018.

EMS Full Body Training Summary

  • 134 participants trained 25-minutes, 2 times/week for 6 weeks, compared to a control group of 10 participants
  • 82% reported a decrease in back pain, 30% of those reported no back pain
  • There was a 1.4% decrease in body fat percentage compared to no change in the control group
  • 83% reported an improved feeling of wellness
  • 87% reported a positive change in physique
  • 84% reported an increased in general fitness
  • In conclusion, EMS training is effective in reducing back pain and increases overall body training similar to conventional training

Vatter, J. (2010). Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) as a full body training – Multi-fitness centre study. Retrieved January 2, 2019.

EMS For Symptomatic Neuropathy

  • 92 participants with type 2 diabetes trained 2 times/week for 4 weeks
  • 73% reported an improvement in painful diabetic symptoms, such as neuropathy
  • Participants reported a significant decrease in total symptoms (i.e. paresthesia, pain, numbness, burning sensations and sleep disturbances)
  • In conclusion, EMS training seems to be effective at reducing type 2 diabetes symptoms

Humpert, P. M., Morcos, M., Oikonomou, D., Schaefer, K., Hamann, A., Bierhaus, A., … & Nawroth, P. P. (2009). External electric muscle stimulation improves burning sensations and sleeping disturbances in patients with type 2 diabetes and symptomatic neuropathy. Pain Medicine, 10(2), 413-419.

EMS For Better Muscular Parameters

  • 30 postmenopausal women were randomized into control group or EMS group, the EMS group trained 20 minutes every 4 days with 2 additional strength and endurance training sessions/week compared to the control group who engaged in regular activities
  • Resting metabolic rate (calories burned at rest) decreased in the control group and did not change in the EMS group
  • Skin fold thickness significantly decreased in the EMS group compared to the control group
  • Waist girth as a criterion for abdominal obesity significantly decreased in the EMS group compared to no significant difference in the control group
  • In conclusion, EMS training enhances body composition and strength in postmenopausal women

Kemmler, W., Schliffka, R., Mayhew, J. L., & von Stengel, S. (2010). Effects of whole-body electromyostimulation on resting metabolic rate, body composition, and maximum strength in postmenopausal women: the training and electrostimulation trial. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 24(7), 1880-1887.

EMS On Cardiac Risk Factors

  • 28 elderly male participants with metabolic syndrome were randomized to the EMS group or the control group. The EMS group trained 30 minutes every 5th day for 14 weeks. The control group performed whole-body vibration training
  • Abdominal fat mass decreased significantly more in the EMS group compared to the control group
  • Overall body fat decreased by 1350 +/- 876g in the EMS group compared to 290 +/- 850g in the control group
  • Appendicular Skeletal Muscle Mass increased significantly more in the EMS group compared to the control group
  • In conclusion, whole-body EMS training significantly effects body composition in elderly persons

Kemmler, W., Birlauf, A., von Stengel, S., University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2010). The influence of an adjuvant EMS training on body composition and cardiac risk factors in elderly men with metabolic syndrome

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