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The Mayo Clinic revealed today a new study demonstrating that Whole Body Electronic Muscle Stimulation (WB-EMS) is an effective method for improving health in individuals and is an accepted form of overall wellness, pre-habilitation and rehabilitation. The study was conducted on 41 patients in a randomized controlled study over 16 weeks using miha bodytec medical wellness equipment, the leading commercial manufacturer of WB-EMS medical wellness equipment.
The full study, titled “Physical Training Augmented With Whole Body Electronic Muscle Stimulation Is Superior To Conventional Training Alone In Healthy Subjects, A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial” was conducted by Jaskanwal D. Sara (Jas), MBChB Cardiology fellow and clinical investigator at Mayo Clinic, and will be released at the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Meeting taking place Nov. 5 - 7, 2022 in Chicago.
“Our study demonstrates that once weekly physical training with WB-EMS yielded significantly greater improvements in important biomarkers of cardiovascular, metabolic, and biomechanical health compared to conventional training alone in healthy subjects,” said Jaskanwal D. Sara. “Thus, WB-EMS may provide a time-efficient form of physical training that could help enhance the widespread and regular uptake of physical activity, particularly in those unable or unwilling to exercise conventionally.”
WB-EMS works by sending impulses to muscles via electrodes on a specially designed training suit. The impulses target and activate all major muscle groups simultaneously, so the user is engaging more of the body's muscles (90+%) than with traditional workouts. At the same time, WB-EMS prompts a more complete muscle contraction, ultimately using more fibers inside each muscle (98% vs. 60%), which creates a greater number of muscle contractions. A WB-EMS training session lasts no more than 20 minutes, but delivers the same benefits as two and half hours of conventional strength training with far less impact on the joints.
The study found the following notable improvements in healthy subjects, who trained weekly with a qualified WB-EMS trainer. Results compare those who did WB-EMS vs. those who exercised without the impulses activating the muscles.
● Waist-hip ratio: Reduction was -1.2 vs. 0.9, so significant reductions with WB-EMS.
● Total Cholesterol: -1.1 mg/kg vs. 14.2, significant reductions with WB-EMS.
● Anaerobic: 68.2% vs. 30.8%, so two times better with EMS which can help improve quick bursts of energy including sprinting, jumping or simply standing up from a chair.
● Breathing efficiency: -10.26 vs. -7.38, so 40% better with WB-EMS which leads to improved aerobic conditioning and respiration.
● Maximum Peak Force: 25% increase in Max Force with WB-EMS which can improve overall stability, balance and quick bursts of strength.
● Rate of Force: 20% increase with EMS which leads to better stamina, core strength and balance.
● Endothelial function. Improved function with borderline significance: -0.009 vs.-0.29 (which means 32% better blood flow through your blood vessels).
The miha bodytec II device was FDA cleared in 2021 for muscular rehabilitation in use with physical medicine when supervised by a licensed practitioner. Top candidates for miha bodytec and WB-EMS include anyone looking to rehab an injury, reduce back pain, increase strength and mobility, improve their golf or tennis game (training with miha bodytec has been proven to increase swing speed) and individuals heading into or recovering from major heart surgery.
“Whole Body EMS started in Europe more than 20 years ago, and its credibility has been validated by many studies since its inception,” said Brian Dillman, CEO of miha bodytec. “This breakthrough with the Mayo Clinic’s research, ones of the country’s top research hospitals, is the first in the U.S. and further validates that Whole Body EMS is a non-evasive means of helping build and rebuild muscles. For the consumer, the major impact is the ability to improve overall health and wellness in one short, 20-minute session per week. Isn’t your health worth 20 minutes?”
To learn more about miha bodytec or to find a provider in your area, visit www.ems-training.us.