It is very important to understand the difference between Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS).
Many people have been in physical therapy and may have had an experience with TENS and EMS devices but were not educated on the difference between these types of modalities. The lack of understanding about EMS units and the benefits they will offer you, your patients, as well as athletes, is most certainly limiting the results and performance gains we should be achieving daily.
EMS vs TENS
Basically, with EMS units we stimulate the Motor Nerves of efferent nerve fibers to provide a muscular response, while with TENS units we stimulate the sensory nerve fibers (afferent nerve fibers) to obtain analgesic effects and/or pain relief.
Compex, a Swiss World leading company for the past 30 years, offers first and foremost EMS units which also provide state of the art TENS functionalities. No, those are not “modern or fancy TENS units” as some people would think.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and a new generation of unique and revolutionary technologies arose. The efficacy of those modalities have international scientific consensus, supported by scientific evidence and proven results. The same evidence supports the use of EMS units for a range of purposes.
Electric Muscle Stimulation has lately been recognized in various countries as an essential component in the training and rehab of the general population, sportsmen and women and elite athletes. Olympic Athletes, World Champions, Professional Sporting Clubs, and Sports Federations and Associations have been making use and endorsing electrostimulators day in and day out.
Why Should You Familiarize Yourself With Compex?
Specifically target slow twitch or fast twitch muscle fibers according to your unique objectives by using different program parameters. Joint Injuries are followed by Arthrogenic Muscle Inhibition (AMI). A result of AMI is Central Activation Deficit (CAD). Compex will allow you to override AMI and CAD;
Evidence suggests that Compex may be used to help return the body to its pre-exercise state by stimulating blood flow and promoting circulation in the lymphatic system. Better recovery means better performance;
Reduce joint damage and Central Nervous System Fatigue by imposing muscular work with Compex.