06 Jan, 2014

Shockingly Effective

Shockingly Effective

Many of us have been to the physio and had electrodes strapped on to the injured area that ‘zap’ us with a mild electric current. This treatment is known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which contributes to the rehabilitation process of injuries to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Very similar to this is Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), where an electric current is used for pain relief by targeting the nerve endings near the skin.


Frankly, I find it hard to differentiate between the two, but either way, I believe that tingling sensation can be good for you, which is why I was intrigued by the EliKing Mini iPro Massager III that I discovered at the recent Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo. It was being demonstrated by Dave and Caroline King from Richards Bay, the South African agents for the device, and they sure got my attention when they strapped the mini electrodes to my upper back and next thing I knew, my shoulders were up around my ears!



Caroline explains that the massage unit works on the TENS principle to release the tightness in your muscles and promote faster recovery, and thus is great for use by athletes, especially after a hard workout. The electrodes can be applied to any part of the body, such as shoulders, stomach, back, arms or legs, and you can use it anywhere, any time, thanks to it being small, portable and easy to use.


The iPro Massager comes in a neat box set that contains a small control unit that looks like an MP3 player, three sets of wires to connect to the electrodes, two sets of small self-sticking massage pads, a bigger massage pad with Velcro strap, and massage shoes, plus a charger cable that can be plugged into either an electrical outlet or your computer. The control unit has a large LCD display that makes using it easy, and you can choose between six different frequency modes as well as 20 intensity level settings – I found levels two to three to be plenty, to begin with!


As a runner, I found massaging my leg muscles particularly effective, but the massage shoes did take some getting used to. (Admittedly, I do have very soft, ticklish feet.) And boy oh boy can this little unit give your stomach muscles a workout! Bottom line is that for sore, tired muscles, this is a really great product.


The complete package retails for R1500. To order the unit or get more info, contact Caroline King on 083 630 1992 or, or look out for the iSmart stand at the Comrades Expo.