Is electrostimulation really effective? Reviews and testimonials
Electrostimulation is a natural and painless method of causing muscle contractions through electrical impulses.
However, many people wonder if it is really an effective method to build muscle, lose weight or speed up the recovery process by relieving pain.
To demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of this method, discover several opinions on electrostimulation, but also scientific studies and testimonials from top athletes.
The true effectiveness of electrostimulation: reviews and testimonials
Electrostimulation is a method whose advantages and benefits have been recognized and demonstrated through numerous studies.
In order to get a more precise idea of the effectiveness of electrostimulation for building muscle, recovering or even relieving certain pains, discover the opinions and testimonials of regular users of electrostimulation devices.
Electrostimulation to strengthen muscles
Electrostimulation works the muscles in two ways (active and passive) allowing strength and endurance to be effectively developed. This also avoids having to use excessive loads, increasing the risk of injury to the joints.
To obtain conclusive results during muscle building, it is recommended to combine regular physical activity with electrostimulation sessions.
Many top athletes use electrotherapy to perfect their training and improve their physical performance, like this user who provided his opinion on Amazon:
"I mainly use electrostimulation on the lower limbs for strengthening after my sessions, but also on weekends to improve recovery throughout the body."
Testimonial from the French Federation of Canoeing and Paddle Sports
The FFCK has used electrostimulation devices for several years:
“Since 2019, the FFCK has been using Bluetens electrostimulation equipment as part of the training and monitoring of its top athletes. The FFCK is delighted to collaborate with Bluetens for performance optimization.”
Study on the influence of electrostimulation during the training of elite rugby players
A study was carried out on a group of professional rugby players to determine the influence of electrostimulation sessions on their physical performance.
After 12 weeks of using electrostimulation, it has been shown that the strength and muscle power of players has been significantly improved following specific tests.
No significant change was observed in players who did not receive an electrostimulation session.
The effectiveness of electrostimulation as a recovery method
Electrostimulation is also effective in promoting the muscle recovery process. The electrical impulses massage the muscles to encourage them to relax and promote the healing of damaged muscle fibers.
This is a very important advantage for the most high-level athletes. Faster recovery allows them to return to training sooner.
This also allows people who do not practice sport to avoid muscle wasting, as confirmed by this user in a review left online after purchasing her electrostimulation device:
“I was able to recover much faster after an operation, but also maintain my muscles throughout the process.”
People who practice recreational sports or workers who lift heavy loads all day long also appreciate the benefits of electrostimulation. It is indeed common to have aches following intense effort or repeated stresses on the muscles. A user of electrostimulation confirms these benefits in a review on the Decathlon website:
“Meets our expectations and effectively relieves localized pain and aches.”
A study was carried out on patients suffering from fibromyalgia. This condition is characterized by severe muscle and joint pain throughout the body.
Patients who have benefited from electrostimulation sessions have noted a significant reduction in the pain felt, but also a reduction in fatigue during movement.
The findings of the study suggest that electrical stimulation is effective in the short term in reducing joint and muscle pain.
The international rugby player, Caroline Boujard, regularly uses the Duo Sport, the Bluetens electrostimulation device, for her physical preparation:
"I use Duo sport for recovery or for small post-workout muscle pain, but I also sometimes use it during my weight training sessions to add a little something extra.”
World lightweight single scull rowing champion Laura Tarantola also shares her thoughts on recovery with an electrostimulation device:
“Training is going very well; the conditions are optimal and the recovery is top notch. The workouts follow one another and I really feel the benefits!”
What results can you expect from electrostimulation to lose weight?
While many studies prove the effectiveness of electrostimulation for strengthening muscles and relieving pain, it is admitted that it unfortunately does not eliminate fat cells from the body. Indeed, the electrical impulses stimulate the muscles, but do not melt the fat.
However, electrostimulation is effective for intensively working the muscles. This allows you to tone many areas of the body and create an attractive figure.
In addition, firmer muscles and smoother skin help reduce the visibility of cellulite.
Electrostimulation alone is therefore not the coveted miracle solution for losing weight. Encouraging results can, however, be obtained when combined with regular sports activity, good hydration and a balanced diet.
Study on the influence of electrostimulation to lose weight
A scientific study conducted by the Korean University of Cheongju suggests that electrostimulation, combined with a balanced diet and physical exercise, promotes weight loss.
The tests were carried out on a group of 10 women suffering from abdominal obesity. They received three weekly electrostimulation sessions for a month and a half.
The participants noted an average reduction in fat mass index of 4.9% as well as an average decrease in waist circumference of six centimeters.
Electrostimulation to treat certain conditions
Electrostimulation is also a drug-free method for relieving acute and chronic pain associated with certain conditions.
The electrical impulses instantly eliminate pain by blocking the signals transmitted to the brain both during and after the session. The duration of effectiveness varies according to the intensity of the pulses and the user.
Electrostimulation is particularly effective in relieving the very intense pain felt by women with endometriosis. Diane Wattrelos, owner of the les_maux_en_couleurs Instagram account, used an electrostimulation device to treat her endometriosis. The fact that she could target the stomach and the back allowed her to relieve the pain in general:
“ Having a wide choice of programs allowed me to treat several areas and relieve the pain overall (stomach & back). I was very surprised with the result. I could feel relief from the pain even though the session wasn't even over. I really recommend it to you !"
Check out her full testimonial in this Instagram post.
Another study was also conducted on a group of patients with chronic lower back pain. The results demonstrated that electrostimulation can effectively treat these pains. This user confirms these results in a review left on Amazon:
“I use electrostimulation for my lower back pain, but also for drainage or building muscle. Moderate pain treated quickly is relieved in just one session”.
Who can benefit from electrostimulation?
Electrostimulation makes it possible to almost identically reproduce the process of the natural contraction of our muscles.
Muscle contractions are triggered by electrical impulses sent to our brain through our nerve fibers. These weak electrical currents are generated by a small portable device and transmitted through electrodes placed on the skin.
It is a painless and non-invasive technique with many benefits when used correctly and with the right equipment.
Who can use electrotherapy?
Electrostimulation can effectively target almost all parts of the body:
● Pectoral muscles,
Once placed on the area to be targeted, the electrodes of the electrostimulation device offer passive (at rest) or active (during physical activity) muscle work.
This versatility, combined with the ease of use of an electrostimulation device, makes electrotherapy beneficial for all types of people.
Older people can, in particular, strengthen their muscles gently, while taking care of their joints. They are often faced with blood circulation problems caused by a much more sedentary lifestyle. Electrostimulation passively increases blood flow in the veins, especially in the calves.
Athletes also derive many benefits from electrostimulation, such as:
● The increase in their physical performance,
● More effective muscle strengthening thanks to the fact that the muscles are worked on in two ways during training,
● Effective targeting of deep or hard-to-work muscles via classic exercises,
● A reduction in the risk of injury, aches and other post-workout pain,