We review the Compex Mi-sport, a physiotheraputic tool for rehab and conditioning.
You might have been ‘treated’ to electro-stimulation by your physio. Using this small, rechargeable unit, you attach electrodes to your skin which stimulate your muscles to contract at varying strengths, controlled using the handset. There are two main benefits: to aid recovery from injury by building up muscles that your body has been under-using; for example small glute muscles which often become underactive leading to running and cycling injuries. It can also be used during turbo workouts to overload muscles. Seeing and feeling your muscles jump without willing them is odd at first, and if you ramp up the strength of contractions, particularly in injured or under-trained muscles, it can make you wince and leave you with soreness. We found it useful for working small muscles that, consciously, we’d struggle to ‘switch on’, and that helped us with injury rehab. If you have a tricky to treat injury or are keen to condition known areas of weakness, this is worth considering, but bear in mind you could buy 15 physio sessions for the price.
High-end kit good for rehab and conditioning, but a hefty investment.
This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.
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