Muscle stimulation treatments aim to build muscle and improve tone by inducing more intense muscle contractions than can be achieved through regular exercise.
Devices can generally be used on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, calves and upper arms.
How does muscle stimulation work?
Most devices in aesthetic clinics use a technology called high intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy.
This works by delivering focused electromagnetic energy to target muscles, generating powerful and rapid contractions in a short space of time. As a result, muscles are strengthened, while becoming more toned and defined.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Muscle stimulation is most suited to those looking to enhance muscle strength, tone and definition. It can be particularly beneficial if you’re struggling to improve specific areas through exercise alone.
Muscle stimulation is often used to help women regain muscle tone in their abdomen after childbirth, while also helping with patients’ rehabilitation after injuries or surgeries.
Before undergoing treatment, you should consult with your practitioner to ensure you don’t have any conditions that could be negatively affected by electromagnetic energy (for example, if you rely on a pacemaker) and that you’re in generally good health.
What results are expected from muscle stimulation?
Patients who undergo muscle stimulation procedures can expect their treatment area (usually stomach, buttocks, thighs, calves or arms) to have a more sculpted appearance than before. Your muscles should be stronger and more defined, while you may also appear slimmer.
Muscle stimulation should not replace traditional exercise and a healthy lifestyle. While it can provide noticeable results, a balanced diet and regular physical activity is essential for overall health and fitness.
Does the procedure hurt?
Muscle stimulation treatments do not hurt but can feel a little uncomfortable. Most people say that it feels like an intense workout, with a ‘pulsing’ sensation. The power can usually be adjusted if you find that it’s too much.
Are there any risks associated with muscle stimulation?
Generally, a muscle stimulation procedure is low risk. Expected side effects include temporary skin redness and muscle soreness immediately following treatment.
If your body is not adequately prepared for treatment, then you may have more intense muscle strain and soreness. Additionally, devices can cause skin and tissue damage such as bruising or burns if they are not used appropriately.
It’s essential that you undergo treatment with an experienced practitioner who has undergone appropriate training using an approved device.