3. Electrical stimulation
When it comes to restoring work capacity in your skeletal muscles, electrical stimulation helps you recover faster than traditional passive rest, according to research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In the study, participants’ maximum voluntary contraction (greatest amount of tension a muscle can generate and hold), work capacity, and blood flow (in calf muscles) were measured 10 minutes before they went through an extensive run session, then tested again both four hours and 18 hours after. Two days later, after resting, the runners completed another run. The EMS increased their maximum voluntary contraction, work capacity (likely because fast-twitch muscles were activated), and blood flow. When it comes to a speedier recovery, it’s no shock electric stimulation shows great promise.
Most physical therapy centers are equipped with an EMS machine, but you can also get one of your own. Try Marc Pro, an over-the-counter portable electrical stimulation device that comes with adhesive electrode pads and knobs for adjusting intensity.
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