• Electrostimulation: A Guide to Buying the Best TENS Machine

    As a sports enthusiast, or a fitness-freak, you will be no stranger to the effect that keeps you from training after a particularly intensive workout (well, maybe just after a normal workout; we don’tִ all have the same aptitudes, right?).

    You might have also been wondering why the chap training next to you at the gym somehow saw his muscle volume tripled within months whilst yours has kind of remained the same… We(probably) got the answer; electrocution baby. Wait… what?!

    Well, what we really mean is electrostimulation, but there is no big difference here. Electrostimulation could be the solution to all your problems, whether it is to gain strength and power or recover quickly after a workout.

    Don’tִ worry, it is much less painful than it sounds (if painful at all!). Using an electro stimulation system for the first time might feel a bit uncomfortable (count on the tingling sensation!) however, we can promise you that you will get used to it quite quickly.


    What is electro stimulation all about?

    Electro stimulation works by a gentle external electrocution of your muscles, to stimulate them. This is actually more natural than it sounds. Electro stimulation reproduces what your brain does to your nerves and muscles when you decide to contract them, only this time the electrodes send little shocks to your muscles without affecting the central nervous system or the brain. It is completely safe, and your muscles wonִ even feel the difference!

    Electrostimulation was initially developed in the medical domain and has been a technique used by physical therapists for many years. With time, it has improved and can now be used by athletes and sports enthusiasts of all kinds, at home or at the gym, completely safely. But donִ’t just take my word for it, read what our very own guinea-pig Toby Cryne had to say about the Compex device when he tried it.

    Why choose Compex?

    With 20 years of experience in the areas of physiotherapy, pain treatment and sports training, the Swiss brand Compex offers the widest and most complete range of electrostimulation devices. It is nowadays a widely known training technique, used by many professional athletes to assist and help recover from training sessions, prepare for competitions and develop their strength.

    Marc Herremans, Trainer and Ironman Triathlon World Champion said that: “Throughout my career I’ve always been a big fan of Compex. It has helped me recover faster and train harder. It helps me to keep my muscles toned in parts of my body where I cannot train them anymore”

    Compex stimulators are backed up by clinical trials and belong to medical device category class II.

    For more on Compex and the wide selection of their Compex muscle stimulators that we offer at PhysioRoom.

    How does electro stimulation work?

    To stimulate your muscles and help to promote blood flow during a warm up, to expel lactic acid after a workout and reduce muscle tension by providing a relaxing effect on your muscles. That means that using electrostimulation will not only help your muscles to gain strength while exercising, but it will also considerably reduce the soreness in your muscles the day after. Train as hard as you can without suffering (as much) the day after, some (like me) may call it a miracle. No more excuses not to train everyday either!

    However, like any device of this type, we would not recommend to over-use the Compex muscle stimulator, for the simple reason that a long-term exposure will be completely ineffective. Saturation is indeed possible, and if your muscles get stimulated for too long, they get exhausted and stop contracting. Use it with care.


    Can electrostimulators be used instead of a workout?

    Don’t even think about it, the stimulators are to be used as a complement of your training, not a substitute. If building muscles and improving strength was so easy, everybody would know about it! Electrostimulation can only be used without training if it is to avoid atrophy after a serious injury.

    You should use the Compex stimulator that best suits your needs Рwe have divided below our products in two categories, fitness and sports range. Click on the links to find out more details on the products.

    Fitness Range

    If your seeking to make a superb addition to your fitness programme, our range of Compex fitness devices can give you numerous advantages by helping more blood flow to your muscles.

    • Compex Fit 1.0 Muscle Stimulator

    If you train one or two times a week, then this device is ideal for you. Sculpt your body, tone your abs, and relieve pain by using this product for only 20 minutes before, during or after your workout.

    • Compex Fit 3.0 Muscle Stimulator.

    The Compex Fit 3.0 Muscle Stimulator is the perfect option for those who practice an activity around 3 times a week. This devices muscle intelligence to adapt to each of your muscles individually.

    • Compex Fit Wireless 5.0 Muscle Stimulator

    This product still provides all the superb benefits of the Compex Fit 3.0 Muscle Stimulator, whilst giving you the additional advantage of complete freedom whilst completing your training.

    Sports range

    The Compex muscle stimulators in their sports range are ideal for sculpting your body and helping you quickly recover from injuries.

    • Compex SP 2.0 Muscle Stimulator

    Do you train one or two times a week and are looking to prevent injury, treat pain, or target and tone your muscles? Then this device is the perfect solution for you!

    • Compex SP 4.0 Muscle Stimulator

    This device still offers all the superb features of the SP 2.0, on top of a revolutionary rehabilitation program for athletes who incur frequent injuries. This product is ideal for those who choose to train 3 or more times a week.

    • Compex SP Wireless 6.0 Muscle Stimulator

    The Compex SP Wireless 6.0 Muscle Stimulator includes all the features of SP 4.0 in a wireless version, allowing for total freedom of movements. It is perfect for those training more than 3 times a week.

    • Compex SP Wireless 8.0 Muscle Stimulator

    This is the ultimate muscle stimulator that is designed for athletes who train every day. This device will tone, firm and shape your body whilst also combatting pain relief and speeding up the recovery process.

    To see all the muscle stimulators that we offer here at PhysioRoom and the advantages that they offer, why not check out our Compex muscle stimulators.


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