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Disadvantages and Safety Concerns

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What are the disadvantages of EMS training?

Here are a few disadvantages of electrical muscle stimulation training that everybody must know:

  • Over EMS bypasses the nervous system, neglecting important coordination and movement skills built through traditional exercise. It may cause imbalance and injury.
  • The risk of overtraining is high, as the electrical intensity might be difficult to personalize, which may cause muscle damage and even kidney problems in extreme cases.
  • EMS is costly in terms of tool equipment and sessions, which makes it less acceptable than a regular gym.
  • EMS training may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with underlying health conditions or implants.
What are the disadvantages of EMS training?
Can EMS cause anxiety?

Can EMS cause anxiety?

EMS does not directly cause anxiety, but the nature of the job triggers stress and pre-existing anxiety disorders in people. EMS workers are often exposed to highly stressful and traumatic situations, such as accidents, violence, and medical emergencies. EMS workers often have to make quick decisions under pressure, and they may feel responsible for the lives of their patients. This constant pressure can take a toll on mental health and lead to anxiety.

If you’re an EMS worker struggling with anxiety, you can seek help from others. There are many resources available to cope with the stress of the job and manage your anxiety symptoms. You can also talk to a therapist and other mental health professionals to keep your mind at peace with their help.

Is EMS bad for kidneys?

The possible effects of EMS on kidneys are still being researched, and more studies are needed to draw definitive conclusions. But I would suggest that before taking a step for EMS, you should consult with your doctor, especially if you have a health concern. Here are a few risks that may cause kidney failure:

EMS causes intense muscle contractions, which lead to the breakdown of muscle tissue. The breakdown of tissue releases a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, which damages the kidneys if not filtered out efficiently.

EMS workouts can be strenuous and lead to dehydration, which can also put stress on the kidneys.

People with pre-existing kidney conditions may be at an increased risk of complications from electrical muscle stimulation.

Is EMS safe for the heart?

Yes, electrical muscle stimulation is considered safe for the heart, and it is an alternative therapy to physical exercise, which is good for heart patients. But I would suggest you should talk to your doctor before attempting EMS for you.


  • EMS works by sending electrical pulses to stimulate muscles, causing contractions.
  • At low intensities, it’s similar to mild exercise and shouldn’t significantly affect your heart rate or rhythm.


  • Avoid EMS if you have:
    • Implanted pacemaker or defibrillator
    • Epilepsy
    • Acute or chronic deep vein thrombosis
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Consult your doctor if you have any concerns, particularly if you experience:
    • Chest pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath during EMS use
    • Irregular heartbeat

Who should avoid EMS?

People with certain medical conditions should exercise caution or avoid EMS altogether.

  • People with any implanted electronic devices, such as pacemakers, cochlear implants, or deep brain stimulators, should avoid EMS.
  • EMS is not safe for those who have epilepsy or any other neurological disorder.
  • People with any metal implants or metallic shrapnel in their bodies should consult with a healthcare professional before using EMS.
  • Pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding should consult with their doctors before using EMS.

Note: if you people went through any injury, recent surgery, or fracture should also avoid EMS until they have healed completely.

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