New Study Finds Using TENS & NMES While Exercising Can Improve Strength & Performance

New Study Finds Using TENS & NMES While Exercising Can Improve Strength & Performance
January 11, 2022

Want To Add a Boost to Your Workout? Try TENS and NMES!

A new scientific research study has found that including Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) in home exercise programs can result in improved strength and muscle performance! 

The study was a randomized, controlled trial with a test group of active military service members experiencing patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) – a common musculoskeletal disorder that causes knee pain, loss of strength in the quadriceps and impaired motor performance.

The goal of the study? To help military service members limited by pain find effective ways to regain their strength and muscle function, specifically in the quads and knees.



The Study Was Broken Out Into Four Different Groups. Participants Who Completed:

1. Just an active home exercise program. This program was aimed at strengthening the lower body through:

- Straight leg raises

- Quad sets

- Step-ups

- Squats


2. The active home exercise program mentioned above + TENS therapy. Participants in this group used TENS devices on their knees for 20 minutes while they performed the exercises.


3. The active home exercise program + NMES therapy. Participants in this group used NMES devices on their quads for a total of 6 minutes during their 20 minute exercise sessions.


4. The active home exercise program + TENS & NMES therapy. Each therapy was used during exercise on alternating days.


The trial was conducted over the course of 9 weeks. Exercises were performed daily for 20 minutes. Therapies (when applicable) were also used daily.


What Exactly Are TENS and NMES Therapy?

Before we go any further, let’s break down what these therapies are. TENS and NMES are electrical therapies delivered through small, compact devices. They produce gentle electrical currents through pads placed on the body.


These devices are designed to be convenient & easy-to-use. All the user has to do is place the body pads on the desired area (such as the knees, shoulders, ankles, back, neck, wrists, or fingers) and turn the device on to their desired setting.



1. TENS Therapy

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It is a form of nerve stimulation that uses gentle electrical currents to stimulate the nerves that may be causing pain. TENS therapy is also thought to trigger the release of endorphins, which are natural hormones produced by our bodies to help relieve pain. According to the Gate Control Theory, TENS is suspected to help “distract” the brain from the signal of pain for a short duration through the application of a non-painful stimulation to the same area.

This technology is often used in clinical settings by chiropractors or physical therapists.



2. NMES Therapy

NMES stands for NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation, also known as Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS). This stimulation targets and penetrates muscles, causing them to contract and relax. As these healthy muscles start to contract and move, EMS stimulation can help temporarily increase local blood circulation, bringing nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood to those muscles.

This technology is commonly used by trainers and recovery after a workout.

Results & Takeaways: What Do These Findings Mean?

The results?


1. The groups that used NMES and TENS & NMES had the greatest improvements in lower body strength.

2. The groups that used TENS and NMES & TENS reported significantly less pain in one exercise test.

3. All electrical stimulation groups (TENS, NMES, TENS & NMES) showed improved functional performance on a walk test.


The takeaway: If you’re an active military member, try implementing TENS and NMES into your rehabilitation programs!


However, you don’t just have to be a military member to benefit from these findings. If you lead a similar lifestyle, or fall into any of the following categories, you may benefit from testing out this technique:


  • Are a fitness junkie looking for optimal results on condensed timelines
  • Work in a physically demanding job that leaves you in pain at the end of the day
  • Are an avid walker looking for boosted mobility
  • Are experiencing daily pain causing, leading to limited physical function 



If you’re worried about the electrical stimulation, don’t be! The stimulation feels great and can be controlled to your desired intensity and comfort level.


Just remember: Before implementing electrical stimulation therapy into your routine right away, you should always consult a medical doctor, the same way you would if modifying your diet or trying a new supplement.

Try a TENS & NMES Device With a 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee!

Even though TENS and NMES are different technologies, they can be combined into one unit. Devices from DR-HO’S deliver the dual benefits of both TENS and NMES. And best of all? These devices are specifically designed for different areas of the body:


1. The Pain Therapy System - A general-purpose TENS & NMES device with 4 body pads for use on multiple body parts.

2. The Pain Therapy System Pro - A general-purpose TENS & NMES device with dual ports and a digital screen!

3. The Circulation Promoter - A TENS & NMES device specifically designed for use on the feet and legs.

4. The Neck Pain Pro - A TENS & NMES device specially designed for use on the neck and shoulders.

5. The Triple Action Back Belt (Canada Only) - A TENS & NMES back support belt designed for use on the lower back.



DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System Pro 

If you're not satisfied with DR-HO'S or simply decide that TENS & NMES therapy is not right for you, don’t worry! You can send it back and receive a full refund of the purchase price (not including shipping costs) within 90 days of the purchase.


Make the most of your exercises and potentially experience increased strength and performance. Try a DR-HO’S TENS & NMES device today and discover the benefits for yourself!

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