How EMS Can Stimulate Cardiovascular Exercise Without Causing Joint Impact

Study shows EMS can stimulate cardiovascular exercise without causing joint strain.

Study Title: Electrical stimulation of unloaded muscles causes cardiovascular exercise by increasing oxygen demand

Publication: European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) of the European Society of Cardiology

Authors: Prithwish Banerjee, Andrew Clark, Klaus Witte, Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield

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This study tested an electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) system in healthy adults to see if it could simulate cardiovascular exercise. The participants used a handheld EMS device on their legs, and their heart rate and oxygen consumption were measured. The results showed that the EMS system successfully produced a cardiovascular exercise response without causing limb movement or joint strain. This could be beneficial for people who are unable to engage in traditional physical exercise.

"These results demonstrate that this form of EMS is capable of producing a physiological response consistent with cardiovascular exercise at mild to moderate intensities. It achieves this without producing gross movement of the limbs or loading of the joints.”