The following Video is designed to teach you how to set up the Compex for your shoulders, as well as recommended exercises to perform while using your device.

 

 

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body. However, the shoulder joint’s wide range of movement leaves it more susceptible to injury. Thus, it is essential to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder to prevent and reduce the risk of injuries.

The shoulder comprises of the rotator cuff muscles, including the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor muscles. Covering the top of the shoulder is the more prominent deltoid muscle which is responsible for flexion, extension, and lateral movements of the arm.

Compex’s Electric Muscle Stimulation can increase muscle fiber recruitment in these muscles and aid in more efficient muscle strength gains, also with low constraints on joints and tendons. To properly activate the major shoulder muscles with Compex, the front portion of the shoulder joint and the back part of the shoulder are ideal spots for electrode placement. The electrodes will cover the majority of the deltoid muscle. The Compex Motor Point Pen will further aid in finding appropriate positioning for the electrodes, making the treatment more comfortable and efficient. You can find the Compex Motor Point Pen here.

When the program is turned on, the electrodes will conduct the electrical impulses, with the frequency and program parameters dependant on the program chosen which is recommended to be aligned with your specific goal (eg: strength gains, endurance gains, hypertrophy gains, rehabilitation, etc). The electrical impulse will generate an action potential. The action potential will, then, produce a muscular contraction. This contraction will increase your awareness of the correct muscles you should be using, as well as promote proper form and muscle activation during exercise.

Always make sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. A proper warm-up involving dynamic stretches or cardio is recommended, with an appropriate cooldown, including static stretches, at the end of your workout. To begin using Compex’s Electric Muscle Stimulation, turn the intensity of the Compex system up to a 7/10, with 10 being so intense that you would want to pull the machine off. This will provide the appropriate intensity to recruit the most muscle fibers, without irritation.

The front raise exercise is recommended as an entry level movement to begin working with Compex to strengthen the shoulder. The front raise primarily targets the front of the deltoid muscles. Once you have mastered the form and appropriate activation of proper muscle groups for each exercise, weights, such as dumbbells, can be added to progress and increase the strength of the muscles even further.

 

To properly perform a front raise:

Stand tall, with your shoulders back and a neutral spine. Start with your arms and hands relaxed straight at your sides.
During the “contraction phase” and keeping your arms straight, slowly lift both arms straight in front with your thumbs pointing up. Bring the arms up to approximately shoulder height.
Slowly lower your arms back to the start. Relax during the “rest phase,” when the intensity is off.

When you are confident with the front raise exercise, attempt our recommended intermediate movement, the lateral raise. The lateral raise works the supraspinatus and the deltoid muscle.

To perform the lateral raise:

Stand tall, with your shoulders back and a neutral spine. Start with your arms and hands relaxed straight at your sides.
During the “contraction phase” and keeping your arms straight, slowly lift both arms straight out to the sides, with your knuckles pointing up. Bring the arms up to about shoulder height.
Slowly lower your arms back to the start. Relax during the “rest phase,” when the intensity is off.

The advanced exercise involving Compex and the shoulders is the overhead press. The overhead press, also, targets the deltoid muscle.

To complete the overhead press movement:

Stand tall with your shoulders back and a neutral spine. Engage the core.
Start with your elbows bent at 90 degrees at shoulder height and your knuckles pointed toward the sky.
During the “contraction phase,” slowly extend your arms straight up, above your head.
Slowly lower back to the start position. Relax the arms during the “rest phase.”

An injured shoulder can significantly hinder functionality. Maintaining strength and movement in the shoulder joint can prevent common injuries that could put your fitness goals on the back burner. Leading the way in the Electric Muscle Stimulation industry, Compex can help you optimize your workout and improve muscular performance, getting you where you want to be faster and more efficiently than ever before.

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