Until a few years ago, the traditional medicine had the inclination to ignore all those conditions that were not causing physical pain or did not endanger the patient’s life. Hence comes the approach of some medical specialties to treat obesity only to decrease the risk of cardiovascular death, forgetting completely the aesthetic appearance and even more of its impact on the human psyche. Within the therapeutic arsenal with that today has the doctor for the management of overweight and obesity, is the body stimulation or passive gymnastics (GP). The GP is a body technique developed for more than 25 years, which was initially applied in the field of physical rehabilitation and sport, then moving on to aesthetics. A computer with a system of electrodes that are placed on different muscle groups (arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc.) is used to apply the obtaining, through a regulated electrical stimulation, isometric muscle contraction. This is intended to correct the sagging, reduce deposits of fat and in some cases increase the size of the treated area (muscle), as it is the case of the buttocks. Currently we have even computers to apply the treatment to the facial area. The GP can be applied to people of all ages, but is clearly contraindicated in pregnant women.
Neither should be carried out after eating or during digestion. Myth or reality? While there is no consensus among professionals regarding the incidence of the passive gymnastics in the achievement of the thinning of the patient, according to our experience, the passive gymnastics is an excellent adjuvant in the treatment of overweight and obesity, since it intervenes in three phases of the body contouring: phase 1: preserves muscle mass and avoid secondary sagging in patients under slimming diet weight loss. The frequency of application recommended in this case is three (3) sessions of 25 minutes per week. Areas to be employed are usually arms, abdomen and thighs. Phase 2: tones muscle and exerts an anti-cellulite effect in patients with slight overweight or muscular flaccidity, since it stimulates local circulation with decrease in interstitial edema. Here it is prescribed also in three (3) sessions of 25 minutes a week. Phase 3: as maintenance therapy of the results achieved in phases 1 and 2. In this case, two (2) sessions per week are recommended.