Well known as electrical muscle stimulation, this treatment is used to tone and tighten the muscles of the body. This treatment is known under many trade names all offering a faradic treatment.
The great thing about this treatment is that the client lies on the couch and the muscles are exercised for them. In addition to that, the treatment can treat muscles in one area creating an intensive effect. So for those of us who do not enjoy physical exercise this is the answer. One important point, this treatment will not increase the heart rate therefore cannot be classed as a cardio-vascular form of exercise.
The treatment involves pads strapped to the area to be treated. The pads deliver a low faradic current into the skin and muscles stimulating nerve ending to provide a muscle contraction. The muscles will contract at regular intervals as selected by the Therapist. The treatment is comfortable, many clients finding the sensation relaxing. It is necessary to have regular treatments to reinforce the effects. It is an advantage for the client to follow an exercise routine to reinforce the effects of this treatment.
Faradic muscle stimulation is not as effective as microcurrent. Inch/cm loss will happen, but not with the first treatment.
What is the difference between faradic muscle toning and microcurrent muscle toning?
There are many different types of muscle stimulation. Faradic was one of the first treatments to offer muscle stimulation. It will tone muscles but takes a longer time to achieve the desired effect. Microcurrent is thought to be a more enjoyable sensation in comparison to original Faradic treatments.
Microcurrent has originated from the medical field. When used for healing of damaged muscle and surrounding tissues, the cosmetic effects became apparent. The contours were visibly lifted in the treated areas in addition to the tissues healing. The equipment has been modified for use by Beauty Therapists and has tended to replace the original faradic treatments in recent years.
There are a number of microcurrent treatments that do incorporate faradic type current in the salons.
Does this treatment hurt?
No. Equipment varies in application and sensation from a pulsing to an actual contraction of the muscles; it is a very comfortable sensation. The therapist will ensure that the client is comfortable and explain the sensation prior to the treatment. There are many clients who enjoy the relaxation part of this passive exercise.