An electronic muscle stimulator is a medical device that treats muscle conditions. They require low voltage electrical waves delivered through electrodes to repeatedly contract and relax muscles. Electronic muscle stimulators have recently been deemed to be a method for building muscle without physical exercise. The device is made up of pads you attach to your skin that have wires connecting to a machine.
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Things you need
- Electronic muscle stimulator with reusable electrodes
Read the instructions that came with your electronic muscle stimulator.
Ensure the wires are plugged into your electronic muscle stimulator. Most electronic muscle stimulators come accompanied by four to eight reusable electrodes. Attach the wires to the electrodes.
Wash the areas of your body where you'll place the electrodes -- use soap and water.
Dampen an electrode and place it on a motor point of a muscle you want to stimulate. A motor point is a point on your skin over a muscle where electrical stimulation causes contraction of the muscle via electrode. If you're doing your abs, place one electrode in each four quadrants of your abdominal area. Discovering how to place the electrodes in the right place to stimulate the desired muscles is an experimental technique that requires practice to refine. Repeat until you've placed all the electrodes on your body.
Switch on your electronic muscle stimulator.
Start by trying out its lower settings and see how your muscles react. As you increase your usage, experiment with medium and higher settings. Each session should last from 15 to 30 minutes, during which time you can sit or lie down.
Tips and warnings
- Oils and particles on your skin interfere with the stimulator's electrical impulses, so it's important to wash thoroughly before putting them on your skin.
- Used at too high of a setting, your muscles could become damaged due to overstimulation. Pregnant women are advised to abstain from using electronic muscle stimulators.
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