Origins of Electronic Muscle Stimulation
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Origins of Electronic Muscle Stimulation

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Electro-stimulation dates back to centuries ago when Egyptians and Greeks used certain types of fish to emit electrical discharge. These electrical charges were often used to treat pain. The electro-stimulation experiments came back into study when an 18th-century scientist, by the name of Galvani, noticed that a frogs nerve muscles responded to electronic stimulation.

Galvani’s nephew later demonstrated the use of electronic stimulation on the decapitated head of a criminal. The muscles within the head caused the corpse to twitch, which made him recognize that electricity could potentially be a property able to restore life. Slowly, EMS became vastly popular in the 70’s, to the point where they were readily available for use in salons; however, people who used the machines received burns and other injuries, which resulted in the FDA demanding the confiscation of the devices.

Fast forward to the mid-20th Century, where the “Russian Currents” are introduced to the world. Russian athletes were given intense electrical treatment to help them compete and show off superior skill.

Training athletes such as bodybuilders are recommended to use EMS devices to help build muscular endurance. Doctors are able to use these devices, as well, to help improve blood flow in patients with poor circulation, treat paralyzed individuals and help relax the muscles of those suffering from back injuries. EMS technology has developed drastically throughout the years, and fortunately so, because many people find relief from the stimulation of these electrical currents.