Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

EMS or electro muscle exercise proudly used by olympians and professional athletes.

Olympic athletes and body builders have been utilising EMS to enhance their training for over 20 years increasing muscle tone, strength, endurance also relieving spasms and fluid retention.

Decades ago Eastern European Olympic contenders used EMS technology to help boost their results in achieving bigger, stronger muscles.

Now EMS technology has reached the West and athletes of all kinds use EMS for strengthening as well as for recovery or repair.

The Medical Advisory Committee has allowed the use of EMS systems by athletes since the 1972 Olympics.


Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) or Electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses in the form of trains of minuscule pulse charges, which activate exercise in both skeletal and visceral muscle.


In normal exercise our brain sends a message to our muscles telling them to contract, this is a voluntary action, with the Bel Viso Body Bar EMS Body Toning machines this same message is sent from the programme of our fully computerised machine via a set of negative and positive silicon pads which are placed on the motor point of the muscles which in turn contracts and relaxes the muscle, this is called an involuntary muscle action.

Independent studies have shown that the muscle tension produced in a maximal EMS contraction can be up to 30% higher than a maximal voluntary contraction.


EMS may be used as an adjunct to sports strength development if it is used in the same way as weight training.

As a supplement to a routine of normal training EMS can develop strength in joints and muscles.

EMS may also be used to strengthen a weakness that is present as a result of a residual problem or to improve the general aerobic and anaerobic fitness of an athlete.


EMS treatments are beneficial to all muscles that are easily exhausted in normal exercise such as the Abdomen, Calves, Thighs and Arms.

It has been shown to improve strength in conjunction with weight training and relieves the side effects, such as intense muscle spasms and fluid retention.


EMS is used to prevent injury by strengthening the muscles of the Calves, Quads and Abs to increase stability and balance helping to prevent injury or recurring injuries to the Knees and Ankles.


Injured muscles rapidly deteriorate if unused.

An important aspect of rehabilitation is the strengthening of these weakened muscles by slowly increasing the workload on the muscles throughout the rehabilitation period without further stress or pain.

When using EMS for rehabilitation recovery is quickly achieved as precise control and stronger contractions is possible.

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