One of the fundamental facts that needs to be clarified in any discussion about cellulite and its reduction is that this appears to be a natural physiological process and not a pathological condition. Widespread studies indicate that the condition occurs in between 80 and 90 percent of women following adolescence, and suggest that it may be a secondary sexual characteristic associated with the more marked deposition of subcutaneous fat by females in and around the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs.
Rare in males, it is seen in those with low testosterone levels or who are receiving oestrogen for treatment of prostate cancer. That said, there is also evidence that there are a number of factors that may predispose women to develop gynoid lipodystrophy – one of several medical terms commonly used to describe this condition.
Such factors include changes in connective tissue, dietary and exercise habits, and changes to the levels of thyroid and adrenal hormones, insulin and prolactin, as well as heredity and even an overly stressful lifestyle. Whatever the cause, the result is the same. Deposits of subcutaneous fat that would normally remain concealed within connective tissue start to protrude through it and present as surface lumps that create a dimpled or so-called orange-peel effect. When affected by cellulite, attempts at reduction based upon conventional dieting and exercise regimens tend to have little or no effect.
Treatments vary widely, both in their methods and in the degree of success associated with their use. Unsuitable for liposuction, the trend among medical aesthetics specialists is towards the use of non-invasive procedures that involve the use of technologies based on laser energy, radio-frequencies, ultrasonics and cryolipolysis (fat freezing). However, for those who fancy the idea of combining some healthy toning exercises with a new, but highly effective cellulite reduction technique, the answer could be a course of electro-muscular stimulation (EMS).
Don’t panic, there will be no painful resistance training or impossible abdominal crunches to contend with, as EMS is an essentially passive procedure, in which your muscles are stimulated to exercise themselves without any input from you, other than to follow the instructions given by your trainer. Electrodes positioned above those problem areas convey a pulsed electric current to the muscle below, and each pulse causes an involuntary contraction of those muscles, just like when lifting weights or operating a piece of training equipment. There is one big difference, however. In just 20 minutes, EMS training results in around 150 times more contraction than conventional exercise.
Visit your nearest Body20 studio to learn more about how a personalised EMS programme could be the perfect cellulite reduction option for you.