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Your Secret “Edge” To Better Functioning?

Fitness is defined as 'the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies.” 1

Whether your “daily tasks” involve trying to regain physical function,getting through rehabilitation, doing chores, working out, or even sports competition – maintaining or increasing your strength is essential!

  • Bedridden individuals improve physical function, and increase, maintain or slow the loss of muscle mass (atrophy)
  • Rehab tasks and muscle reeducation programs are more easily and successfully managed
  • “Regular” people get through their daily chores and activities with more energy
  • Athletes and fitness enthusiasts are better prepared for their upcoming event or next training session

Muscles Should Matter!

PainPod provides a way to make sure that they do.

Research has shown that EMS technology – something at the heart of every PainPod is an effective way to increase strength, whether used on its own or in combination with more traditional strengthening methods.

EMS (or Electrical Muscle Stimulation) works by sending small, painless electrical pulses through the skin directly into your muscles, making them contract. It is effective whether used on its own or in conjunction with traditional strengthening protocols.

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EMS used on its own can increase the strength of healthy non-athletic adults2, 3, and improve physical function in the elderly4, 5. It also works with elite athletes, improving maximal strength, speed, power, jumping and sprinting ability6 . EMS is used extensively in rehabilitation settings for “Muscle Re-education”. This is a technique designed to retrain muscles and joints that are having trouble contracting and moving after a surgical procedure and/or post-surgery immobilization7. EMS can make weak muscles stronger and slow the rate of muscle atrophy8 often seen in these situations. In addition, actively trying to contract the muscle during EMS can sometimes get the brain to re-learn how to contract the muscle on its own. EMS also increases blood flow to the muscle9 , potentially speeding up the healing process by increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients.

EMS superimposed on muscle during conventional training produces even greater benefits. It has been shown to increase strength and athletic performance more than voluntary contractions alone10, 11, 12, increase the strength of muscle contractions13 and accelerates recovery from strength loss and muscle atrophy during rehabilitation.14

PainPod is fast becoming the choice for those who want to recover from exercise or workouts and get even stronger. In fact, a recent survey showed 1 in 5 PainPod buyers use it specifically for sports, and love to use it to speed up their recovery.

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Take the pain and time out of recovery

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Portable, so you can use it anywhere

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Different intensities to match your body

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  1. Glossary: Definition of Fitness. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  2. Lai, et al. The effect of different electro-motor stimulation training intensities on strength improvement. Aust J Physiother. 1988;34(3):151-164
  3. Son, et al. Effects of involuntary eccentric contraction training by neuromuscular electrical stimulation on the enhancement of muscle strength. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2014 Aug;29(7):767-72.
  4. Langeard, et al. Does neuromuscular electrical stimulation training of the lower limb have functional effects on the elderly?: A systematic review. Exp Gerontol. 2017 May;91:88-98.
  5. Caulfield, et al. Self directed home based electrical muscle stimulation training improves exercise tolerance and strength in healthy elderly. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:7036-7039.
  6. Filipovic, et al. Electromyostimulation--a systematic review of the effects of different electromyostimulation methods on selected strength parameters in trained and elite athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 2012 Sep;26(9):2600-2614.
  7. Douceta, et al. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Skeletal Muscle Function. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 85 (2012),pp.201-215
  8. Carraro, et al. Recovery from muscle weakness by exercise and FES: lessons from Masters, active or sedentary seniors and SCI patients. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2017 Aug;29(4):579-590.
  9. Jin, et al. Effect of electrical stimulation on blood flow velocity and vessel size. Open Med. 2017; 12: 5-11
  10. Paillard, et al. Electrical stimulation superimposed onto voluntary muscular contraction. Sports Med. 2005;35(11):951-966.
  11. Herrero, et al. Short-term effect of strength training with and without superimposed electrical stimulation on muscle strength and anaerobic performance. A randomized controlled trial. Part I. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jun;24(6):1609-1615.
  12. Herrero, et al. Short-term effect of plyometrics and strength training with and without superimposed electrical stimulation on muscle strength and anaerobic performance: A randomized controlled trial. Part II. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jun;24(6):1616-1622
  13. Vanderthommen & Duchateau. Electrical stimulation as a modality to improve performance of the neuromuscular system. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2007 Oct;35(4):180-185.
  14. Paillard, T. Combined application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation and voluntary muscular contractions. Sports Med. 2008;38(2):161-77.