COMPEX Muscle Stimulation – All these devices look the same, what’s the difference?

If you’ve paid any attention to social media over the last while then you have surely seen the explosion of advertising for home therapy and exercise products.

One popular category is electro stimulation, this includes TENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and EMS – electrical muscle stimulation. TENS machines generally stimulate the nerves exclusively for the purpose of relieving pain, whereas EMS machines are designed to stimulate the muscles for the purposes of strengthening and rehabilitating them, but there’s also some pain management effect as well.

One of the highest quality brands in the muscle stimulation market for consumers is COMPEX. The origins of COMPEX muscle stimulation (which in its’ current form is an EMS) began as a Swiss technology product developed for the Physical Therapy market. In Canada COMPEX electrotherapy products have been actively marketed for about 7 years to consumers.

What is Electrotherapy?

Basically, it’s the use of electric energy by an external source to cause a physiological response on tissue. An external device emitting electric pulses to the muscles stimulates motor nerves found in muscles, initiating involuntary contraction of the muscle.

Why would I use this? (aka what are the indications for use)
  • To help muscles that haven’t been used for a while (for disuse muscle atrophy)
  • Maintaining and Increasing Range of Motion
  • Re-educating muscles
  • Decreases muscle spasm
  • Increases overall force by enhancing muscle strength and muscle mass
  • Used as a warm up prior to exercise to increase blood flow
  • Increases local blood circulation to working muscles to help with overall relaxation
  • Eliminates toxins from working muscles through the lymphatic system
  • Recovery
I see a lot of these muscle stimulation products on Instagram, Facebook, etc. Why would I chose COMPEX over some of these less expensive products? 

Honestly – one of the biggest differences is the quality of the electrical current. With the less expensive products, as you turn up the intensity you feel like you’re getting zapped! COMPEX electrical current is safe and comfortable –not sharp/stingy on skin. So with the COMPEX products you have no fear of increasing the intensity to initiate a muscle contraction.

The reason COMPEX electrical currents are better? COMPEX is a medical company, and most of the range of products include Muscle Intelligence Technology (MI) – so the device provides stimulation that automatically adapts the parameters to your specific body. 

There are a lot of COMPEX muscle stim versions, which one do I select? 

The great thing with COMPEX is that they have a device to suit everyone based on their budget. You can get into a COMPEX muscle stimulation device for as little as $250.

Here is a quick run down on the different devices

There are 5 categories of Programs – Conditioning / Fitness / Rehabilitation / Pain management / Recovery (there are up to 999 possible program parameters spread across these categories). As you move up in price you get progressively more programs.

The Sport Range (Black coloured, SP2.0, SP4.0, SP6.0, SP8.0) are tailored to amateur / professional athletes and strength coaches. They help with power, performance and recovery. The SP2.0 – SP4.0 are wired devices, and the SP6.0 – SP8.0 are wireless. 

The Fitness Range (Blue coloured Fit1.0, 3.0, 5.0) are wellness devices for the everyday person used for relaxation, pain management and exercise. Fit1.0 – Fit3.0 are wired devices and Fit5.0 is wireless.

If you’re interested in purchasing a COMPEX device you can find them here on our site


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