RECOVERY THROUGH ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

A passive technique to discover for recovering after effort. We explain you its several benefits and how it works.

1/ THE ELECTRICAL STIMULATION BENEFITS

Electrical muscle stimulation enables effective, fatigue-free muscle work with several benefits :

●      gain in muscle strength,

●      gain in muscle mass,

●      pre-competition warm-up,

●      gain in muscle contractibility,

●      pain reduction,

●      leaner body shape,

●      general recovery.

This system does not call on the cardiac and breathing systems and keeps tendon stress to a minimum. The technique is therefore used by sport doctors, physios and fitness coaches to optimise the muscle preparation of top-level athletes.

Electrical stimulation stimulates the peripheral muscle fibres of muscles, using short electrical impulses emitted by electrodes placed on the surface of the skin. The electrical impulses generated by the stimulators make it possible to work different types of nerve fibres:

●      motor nerves which respond through a mechanical muscle action (weight training).

●      certain types of sensitive nerve fibres to achieve analgesic and endorphin effects (pain-killers, massage).

The advantages of electrical stimulation during the recovery period:

The nature, intensity, frequency, impulse zone and form of current make it possible to achieve effects on muscle relaxation and recovery. Combine artificial stimulation methods (electrical stimulation) and traditional and physical methods (weight training, core exercises, stretching) to optimise performance or recovery. Used after effort, electrical stimulation facilitates recovery by eliminating muscle waste, rebuilding tired muscle fibres and addressing inflammatory factors following exertion. It also reduces aches and relaxes muscles.

2/ ELECTRICAL STIMULATION: HOW DOES IT WORK?

Electrical stimulation faithfully reproduces the processes which intervene in muscle contraction generated by our brain. To contract a muscle, our brain sends a command in the form of electrical currents. They move at great speed through the nerve fibres until their destination to stimulate the motor never, which then sends the information to the area immediately around the muscle, and triggers the muscle contraction. Conversely, low frequencies, under 10 Hz, are insufficient for triggering muscle sustained contractions (tetanic contractions). Scientifically, this is known as transcutaneous analgesic electrical stimulation. The electrical current blocks the message to the nerves by sending a message that contradicts the pain, thus making it possible to reduce the feeling of pain.

These low frequencies trigger a sort of pulsing or vibration of the stimulated muscle (muscle twitches). Muscle activity triggered by stimulation acts as a pump, enabling a considerable boost to blood circulation in the muscles. The acidic toxins stored in the muscles during effort can thus be quickly eliminated, enabling muscles to rediscover their biochemical balance. It thus causes a relaxant effect which is a great benefit in ensuring muscle recovery after effort.

Tips: The best results are achieved within the 3 hours following the end of the effort. And electrical stimulation does not prevent the use of your other usual recovery strategies: hydration, tailored diet etc.

Have you already tested this form of passive recovery after training sessions or competitions?

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