July 28, 2010


          The term "electrocise" was coined and defined by Gary Reinl in 2009. According to Reinl, "Electrocise is a type of exercise". "Think about it" says Reinl. "If you are using an electrical signal to directly stimulate muscular activity, which is not regulated by a physician, you are electrocising."

          "Electrocising, assuming you are using a well-designed muscle-conditioning device, is a great way to train on off-days and, it is a sound and viable solution to fulfilling muscle conditioning needs when weather, travel, fatigue, or health issues restrict or prevent scheduled training. There is even a proven way to use electrocise to help the body recover post-training via a virtually stressless muscle-activated rejuvenation technique.

          Further, and perhaps most important, it is a near-perfect form of exercise for anyone who wants to ease into a comprehensive muscle-conditioning program or merely has a weak link that needs a dose of focused stimulation.

          Interestingly, stimulating muscular activity via an electrical signal is not a new idea. In fact, there are credible reports regarding the therapeutic use of electrically-charged torpedo fish that date back more than a thousand years 1, 2. More recently, beginning in the early 1980’s doctors, therapists, trainers, and athletes started using electrical muscle stimulation devices to accelerate the recovery process post-injury." 3 adds Reinl.

          "The future?" he says enthusiastically. "I see two utterly unrelated sets of facts that will lead to the widespread use of this type of exercise: (1) the near universal banning of performance enhancing drugs from sports has created a huge gap between ability and potential … that said, I honestly believe that electrocise will not only help athletes close the gap … it will enable them to exceed performance limits that drug users never dreamed possible; and (2) the recent discovery of so called ‘myokines’ and their direct relationship to muscle activity and subsequently, health and longevity 4, 5, 6, makes it is easy for me to visualize millions of people electrocising; some doing it as a supplement and the rest doing it as their primary form of exercise".

1) Stillings D., A survey of the history of electrical stimulation for pain to 1900, Med Instrum 1975 Nov-Dec;9(6):255-9

2) Dolhem R., The history of electrostimulation in rehabilitation medicine, Ann Readapt Med Phys, 2008 Jul;51(6):427-31.

3) Blum K, et al, The H-Wave((R)) Device Induces NODependent Augmented Microcirculation and Angiogenesis, Providing Both Analgesia and Tissue Healing in Sports Injuries.Phys Sportsmed. 2008;36(1):103-14.

4) Bente Klarlund Pedersen, et al, Role of myokines in exercise and metabolism, J Appl Physiol 103: 1093–1098, March 8, 2007

5) M.A. Febbraio, et al, Myokines and metabolic regulation, (2008) Physiological Reviews, 88, 1379-1406. doi:10.1152/physrev.90100.2007

6) Anne-Sophie Arnold, et al, PGC-1 A and Myokines in the Aging Muscle – A Mini-Review, Gerontology, DOI: 10.1159/000281883, February 4, 2010


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