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3 of the best electrical muscle stimulators

16 Nov 2023 • 2 min read

If you’re experiencing pain during your recovery from injury or a muscle condition, you may be interested to learn about electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).

Electric muscle stimulator machines are designed to help strengthen and rehabilitate your muscles using tiny electrical impulses to produce a muscle contraction that is thought to help your muscles back to recovery.

In this article we’ll look at three of the best EMS machines on the market, so you can decide which is best for you.

What is electronic muscle stimulation?

In the simplest of terms, electronic muscle stimulation works by using electrical pulses that simulate signals coming from the cells in your nervous system known as neurons.

It works by sending mild electrical currents to your muscles or nerves.

Electrical muscle stimulators target muscles to make the contract, much like flexing your bicep or other forms of muscle contractions.

This then causes blood to flow, helping your injured muscles to repair.

The repeated contractions, followed by the relation period improves the strength of your muscles.

It is also thought that EMS machines can also “train” your muscles to respond to the natural contraction signals that your body sends.

Six benefits of electrical stimulation

If you are recommended to have EMS by your doctor or physiotherapist, there are six medical benefits that are thought to help you on your road to recovery, these include:1

  1. Reduced nerve pain

While nerve pain may vary, the idea of using a TENS machine to target and reduce nerve pain works in the same way.

Electrical stimulation works by interfering with or “confusing” the pain signals that your body transmits.

  1. Promote healing of muscular injuries

Some electrotherapies, particularly those that include shockwave therapy treatment, have been proven to effectively treat a variety of conditions.

Not only will this help reduce pain, but it can also help increase blood flow to injured areas, which can help stimulate the healing process.

This is thought to be most effective for sports injuries such as sprains and strains.

  1. Drug-free pain control

Using an electrical stimulation machine provides a safe, non-addictive way to manage muscular pain.

Whether you suffer from neck or back pain, your daily life can be impacted. While medication, such as painkillers can offer relief, electrotherapy can offer a great alternative.

In severe medical cases, using EMS or TENS machines may, in some circumstances, prevent the need for surgery.  

  1. May prevent muscle waste

When you aren’t able to use your muscles due to injury, illness or nerve damage it can result in muscle atrophy – this is when a muscle wastes away.

This can impact your body with pain and stiffness of muscles, by restricting movement and in severe circumstances, your quality of life.

Electrical muscle stimulation may help prevent this by helping your muscles contract.

  1. May help repair wounds

Healthy circulation is a very important part of the healing process. It also helps remove toxins from the body to keep you healthy.

Studies have shown that electronic muscle stimulation can improve blood flow in the body, which can help your recovery.

  1. Very few side effects

The most common side effect with electrotherapy treatments is from the electrode pads being secured to the skin.

This generally illustrates how few side effects there are from EMS machines.

Three of the best electric muscle stimulators

Picking out the best muscle stimulators can be a difficult process.

The market is flooded with different designs and features that may or may not be useful.

We’ve narrowed it down to three different machines that should give you an insight on what you should be looking out for

Beurer Digital TENS/EMS Pain Relief

Beurer Digital TENS/EMS Pain Relief

If you’re looking for an all-in-one TENS and EMS machine, then this Beurer Digital might be the answer to your prayers.

It has 64 pre-set programs for pain relief, muscle strengthening and massage, and six customisable programs available for more individual programming.

It uses four electrodes by sending electrical nerve stimulation signals to the affected areas with four electrodes, designed to provide you with a relaxing impulse massage.

Beurer TENS & Warmth Menstrual Pain Relief, EM50

Beurer TENS & Warmth Menstrual Pain Relief, EM50

If you experience menstrual cramps and are looking for a way to control them, then this Beurer TENS & warmth menstrual pain relief machine

This innovative TENS pad has 15, 20-minute intensity level treatments that are designed to support your lower abdomen to help soothe period pain.

This works by sending mild electrical impulses to block any pain messages your body sends out.

The comfortable design allows the pad to stick snug to your body, you could even wear it under clothing without anyone knowing.

Beurer TENS & Warmth Menstrual Pain Relief, EM50

Beurer TENS & Warmth Menstrual Pain Relief, EM50

This cleverly designed TENS treatment cuff fits both your knees and elbows to target the most common joint pain.

It has four pre-set programmes each of which can be used up to an intensity level of 20 to get those hard-to-reach places.

The “cuff” style design is perfect for both knees and elbows to allow you to target your joint pain in comfort.

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manisha-taggar

Manisha Taggar

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019

BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science

Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare.

After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

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