How Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) originated…

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Electrical current! Since discovering it exerts an enormous fascination on people. Power is no longer an indispensable part of our daily lives. New applications for this invisible power source evolve almost daily. Come along on a short journey through the history of this fascinating medium.

550 BC

Thales of Miletus, a Greek mathematician, discovered that light items were pulled by fur rubbed amber as by an invisible hand. After all, the word electricity (Greek "electron" = "amber") refers to his discovery.

200 BC

Claudius Galen used the effective and natural source of electricity from torpedo fish for treatment of gouty arthritis and headaches in Asia for the first time.

100 AD

Scribonius Lagrus, Roman physician, firmly stipulates in his petition that the ancient Egyptians have already used electricity. In particular, the torpedo fish was used in gout treatment as electrical stimulation therapy.

1672

Otto von Guericke, German physicist, invented a machine for generating electric current. He called the machine "electricity machine". The funny thing is, this machine is recognized as the first true power generator.

1733

The Frenchman du Fay is the one who proves that there are two different types of electric charges. He discovered the positive and the negative charge.

1746

Ewald Georg von Kleist provides connection between nerves by using the Leyden jar and a brass wire. These compounds caused muscle contractions.

1780

The Italian physician Luigi Galvani finds out that electricity can activate the muscles in a human’s body. He was able to trigger movements in muscles. The study of muscle contractions by electricity has since been called galvanism.

1800

Galvani's experiments was continued by Alessandro Volta. He built the first forerunner of today's batteries. This consisted of thin zinc and copper discs, which were separated by cardboard disks impregnated with a saline solution.

1801

The electrotherapeutic procedures were first discussed by the pharmacology professor Christian Heinrich Bischoff at Jena University for treating neurological diseases.

1804

The German naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt describes on his famous trip to South America, the electricity of eel organs. What Alexander did not know then, most of the part of the electric eel consists of electric organs, actually reformed muscles which can release high voltages to defend and attack.

1826

The physicist Ohm, describes Ohm's Law, named after him. He recognized the relationship and the differences between voltage, resistance and amperage; and developed a corresponding formula for calculating the three parameters.

1866

The German Werner von Siemens found the dynamo-electric principle, which he used it in the development of the first electric generator that he markets as an innovative machine.

1877

The American Thomas Alva Edison, succeeded with a truly important invention. He developed the light bulb and also incidentally the film projector.

1902

The Frenchman Leduc designed the first marketable electromagnetic induction based on stimulation device. Leduc treated muscle paralysis and neuralgia successfully by using electrical stimulation device. Shortly thereafter, a German company by the name of Sanitas, brought the stimulation device called "Multostat" into the market and it was primarily used for medical purposes such as electrolysis and galvanization.

1930

It began with the large-scale connection of households to a public power grid. This is actually the time when electric current has become indispensable to people. In the 60th, most Soviet sports scientist had tested EMS training, which refer them as the first to explore EMS. Specifically, they tested EMS as the passive promotional method on suitability for their professional elite athletes to achieve muscular tweaking. Following that, EMS training has also been studied in the field of rehabilitation.

1970

The first study was published, demonstrating that with EMS training, over 90% of the total skeletal muscle fibers can be stimulated. They were detected within a few weeks and showed muscle strength gains up to 40%.

1971

The Russian scientist Jakov Kots, reported an increase of more than 35% of muscle strength, the speed and overall performance could be improved a lot after several-weeks EMS training.

1972

Russian top athletes who had used EMS as a component in their training plan, they achieved outstanding results at the Olympic Games (1972) in Munich. Valeri Borzov won gold on the distances of 100 and 200 meters.

1975

The Canadian bodybuilder John Cardillo, wrote a series of articles in which he paid tribute to the virtues of the "Faraday training". A tribute to Michael Faraday, an English scientist and discoverer of the principle "Faraday cage", which today serves as the basis for the shielding of electrostatic fields.

1987

Professor of physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, trained a 28-year police and weightlifter named Derrick Crass with EMS. Crass was preparing for the Olympics in 1988. He trained with both conventional training and EMS training. After two weeks, he was able to improve his maximum weights around 20 kg. He kept training for four weeks then stopped exercising. Then, he started for two weeks again with EMS and recorded his result with amazing strength gains to about 38 kg.

1990

The EMS training does not need any weights. That is why EMS has reportedly been used in space by NASA and ESA. Well - so 100 kg dumbbell weights outside the gravity almost nothing. That means no gravity - no muscle stimulation. And without stimulation, no contraction and therefore no muscle growth.

1991

EMS are highly valued as a gentle form of therapy after injuries or surgeries in a patient’s treatment. EMS is used both in prevention as well as for the treatment of specific clinical cases such as back pain, muscle imbalances, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor weakness and muscle tension.

2004

When weak current flow through the brain, anyone shines with significantly better language skills according to an American study. US researchers have already tested the fitness program for brain with hundreds of volunteers.

2005

Scientists can relieve depression with brain implants. There is a new hope for people who suffer from severe depression in case psychotherapy or medication had no effect. According to a study, when power surges, it can be sent directly into the brain to alleviate depression.

2008

Surges improve memory. Actually, Canadian researchers wanted to heal a man from his obesity, but then the power surges caused accidentally remembrance spurts. Since then, hopes lies in the medicine and science field to find new solution to fight against Alzheimer's disease and memory loss.

2009

The German Sports University Cologne (DSHS) tested the EMS method for the first time even within a group of heart patients (heart failure). Patients have well received the training and sports scientists were able to achieve a significant result of physical strength; and increase in endurance and performance after 8 weeks.

2010

A pain relief without pills The electrotherapy brings a lot in motion. The blood vessels dilate and inflammation substances are washed away; the body produces its own pain-relieving chemical messengers!

2013

The Brain Research Institute says that electrified students can calculate faster. Researchers have students passed electromagnetic pulses on the head and then, let them solve tricky math tasks. The turbo boost for the brain actually works during the study.

2014

Impulse Studio opens its first Studio in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Impulse Studio joined the European EMS Trainer Institute as a certified member.

2015

Impulse Studio opens additional branches in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: KL Sentral, Changkat, KLCC and Damansara Perdana

2016

Impulse Studio opens its first XBodyImpulse Studio in the Hu Bin Dao Shopping Mall in the heart of Shanghai in January 2016, followed by the opening of the second studio in September 2016 in the World Financial Trade Center, the fourth tallest building in China (over 600 meters).