Empowering Health: Acute Psychological Effects of an Electromyostimulation-Whole-Body-Workout

  • End date
    Dec 25, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Updated on 8 August 2021
depressed mood


The study investigates the acute psychological effects of a whole-body-workout using Electromyostimulation (EMS) in participants with depression and healthy individuals.


EMS-whole-body-workouts are less time-consuming and effort-intensive but generate physical effects which are comparable to conventional strength training. Therefore EMS could lower the barrier to physical activity. The present study focusses on acute psychological effects of an EMS workout - especially with regard to the reduction of depressive symptoms. Physical activity is notably important for patients with depression and shows multiple positive psychological and physical effects. But due to disease-related factors like lethargy, physical activity is far too rarely implemented. Therefore EMS-whole-body-workouts could provide an opportunity to generate positive psychological effects through a less (subjective) cost-intense strength training.

Condition Endogenous depression, Depression, Depression (Major/Severe), Depression (Adolescent), Depression (Pediatric), Depression (Adult and Geriatric), Depression (Treatment-Resistant), Depressed, depressive disorder, depressed mood, miserable, depressive disorders
Treatment EMS, whole-body-workout, EMS-Placebo
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04211493
SponsorCharite University, Berlin, Germany
Last Modified on8 August 2021

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