I don’t know how many people actually worry about whether or not this device is safe for them to wrap around their stomachs several days a week. I think people are more concerned with how great they could potentially look, but for me Safety is #1. I mean, if you look great but do some form of long term damage to your body then it wasn’t really worth it was it?
So let’s take a look at any safety concerns that exist with this belt.
Some people get confused exactly what FDA cleared means. The FDA does not test products for their overall effectiveness. Rather what they are testing is their safety to the consumer. The FDA has a set of guidelines for electronic muscle stimulators and most of these are for prescription and medical based equipment. Devices like the Flex Belt however fall under an OTC (over the counter) category which means you don’t require a prescription to purchase them.
This goes a long way to supporting the safety claims the official website makes.
Who Should Be Careful
While I haven’t easily been able to find it on their website, but it is in the product manual, women who have recently given birth must wait at least 6 weeks before beginning to use this and likely any other EMS ab belt. Also you should have your doctor clear you that it’s OK to start using it.
If you had a cesarean then you must wait at least 3 months and have your doctor clear you as well.
While this isn’t explicitly noted I’d suggest that anyone who has abdominal, stomach or bowel troubles/disorders (i.e. crones) should check with their doctor prior to using this device.
There really aren’t any serious side effects to using The Flex Belt. You will of course feel the EMS working on your mid section while you’re wearing it. You might also have some slight redness after a session and soreness later that day or the next. However these are just part of working those muscles.
Of course if you experience any serious discomfort while using this belt you should discontinue use. Also if you continue to use the device after the Gel pads have worn out you may notice some different sensations.
As a disclosure to this post, be sure to check with the manual for your flex belt, also consult the official website and their customer service with any questions. If you’re not sure about using an EMS device then check with your family doctor.