The common term of use is the electrical muscle stimulation; it is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. It serves as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients.
The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.
The electrodes are pads that adhere to the skin. Combined to a slimming program, this treatment can help shape the body.