Suffering from arthritis and other painful conditions can significantly reduce a person’s overall quality of life. Pharmaceutical remedies are available, but it is often very difficult to find the one that works well and that continues to work for long periods of time. And if it does, it is often accompanied by several side effects that require further medication to combat. As a result, it is no surprise that people are looking for different, more natural ways to improve their quality of life. Revitive is a device that claims to provide just that. Let’s take a look at what it is and what it has to offer.
What Is Revitive?
Revitive is a new device that has received FDA clearance and clinical approval. It is based on Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which involves stimulation of the endings of the nerves through the soles of the feet. In so doing, the muscles in both the feet and the calves relax and contract. According to the company, this then activates the legs’ circulatory system, thereby improving blood flow, fighting inflammation, and reducing pain overall.
Revitive claims that the device improves circulation in the legs, which does more than just provide pain relief. It also helps to reduce the sensation of feet and leg aches and tiredness, while also reducing weakness in the leg muscles. It says that, through EMS, it increases leg circulation by as much as 50%, which is quite significant. It is fitted with external electrodes, which you can place on various other parts of the body as well. Hence, it can help relieve aches and pains in the knees, the shoulders, the back, and most other parts of the body.
The company claims that Revitive works using just three simple steps:
Plug the unit to the mains, take off your shoes and socks, and put your feet on the pads.
Choose the intensity level that is most suitable to your needs. There are 99 levels to choose from. Setting the intensity level is easy to do with the remote. Once you feel the muscles in your feet and calves contract, you have found the right intensity level.
Relax and let the device do its work. In just 20 to 30 minutes, your circulation will be improved. You can use that time to watch TV, read, meditate, or do anything else.
People who suffer from poor circulation or from aches and pains in their lower extremities are likely to be very excited by these claims. Indeed, having problems with your lower legs has a significant impact on overall quality of life. However, Revitive isn’t cheap, so it is important to really understand what it does so that you can determine whether it will actually benefit you.
How Does Revitive Work?
Essentially, the device helps to treat your feet and legs. You use it for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, helping your circulation improve. You simply plug it in and use the remote to find the intensity level that is suitable for you. As you increase the intensity level, you will notice that there is a pulsing sensation in your feet and legs, which will make the muscles in that part of your body relax and contract. It comes with the patented isoRcoker, which is designed to increase the range of movement in your ankle joint. In effect, it replicates the movement made during a heel raise, but without the pressure an actual raise would cause.
Revitive is fitted with EMS technology, which means electrical pulses are sent to the nerves, which then cause them to be activated. They then make the muscles work, which ensures there is better circulation in the legs and feet. When the extremities receive better quality blood, they can also function better. There are 15 different “Waveforms” to choose from, which are the stimulation patterns that Revitive has been fitted with. This avoids muscle memory from forming, which would render the device useless.
What Is EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
EMS encourages the muscles to move and contract through the use of electrical impulses. The electrical messages are sent to the muscles using electrodes placed on the skin near the targeted muscle group. The impulse is the same as the message a muscle would send if it were actually moving, meaning the central nervous system is effectively tricked into contracting the muscles.
EMS is not a new type of technology. However, it has recently become more advanced and, thereby, a lot more popular as well. In fact, the technology is now fitted into many different devices to help with muscle stimulation, used to ease pain, improve circulation, strengthen muscles, and more. Clinical research into whether the technology can be used to build bigger muscles is still lacking, but there is strong evidence that it can improve circulation.
Revitive is dedicated to providing high quality products that actually work, which also justifies the fact that it is a more expensive device than other natural solutions. In 2014, the company completed a clinical study on their device, titled ‘The effect of footplate neuromuscular electrical stimulation on venous and arterial haemodynamics’. For this study, 30 volunteers were drafted to try the device. It was concluded that both time averaged mean blood velocity and overall blood flow increased when EMS was applied, although it would return to the normal baseline once the device was switched off. However, because of the period of improved blood flow through EMS, venous return was enhanced, venous stasis was counteracted, and limb arterial inflow was improved.
It should be noted that while the study was conducted properly, it was funded by the manufacturer and only 30 participants took part in it. This means that while the data is relevant, it is insufficient to provide true scientific proof. However, it is better than no clinical study at all, and the parameters used were sound. Hopefully, independent researchers will conduct similar studies, either specifically into Revitive or into the effects of EMS on pain levels and blood circulation.
Revitive FDA Clearance
One of the things that sets Revitive apart is that it has received FDA clearance. What this means is that they have informed the FDA of their device and what it does and that they have completed the relevant 510(k) premarket notification. This means that it follows the same principles as another device that has been legally marketed in the past for similar goals. This is important, because it means the FDA is already aware of EMS being used for pain relief and blood flow improvement. While FDA clearance is not the same as FDA approval, Revitive doesn’t need approval as it is not a medical prescription device. Rather, it means that they are an honest manufacturer dedicated to the quality of their product.
Revitive Is Not for Everybody
Revitive is very honest and transparent about who their product is and isn’t for. This is why their website clearly indicates that those with metallic or electronic implants, including AICDs or pacemakers, should not use the device. Nor should those who are or suspect that they are pregnant, or those who have or suspect that they have deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Prices and What You Get
Revitive comes with a risk free trial. If you wish to purchase the device, you can make three payments of $99.95, plus $19.95 in shipping and handling. This means that the total price is $319.80. For that, you receive the Revitive pad itself, the remote control, and four electrode pads to use on other parts of the body. You will also be able to access a 60 day money back guarantee, which means you can return your product for a full refund, minus shipping & handling charges. Additionally, it comes with a two year warranty.
What I Liked About Revitive
It underwent clinical testing in 2014, confirming its effectiveness.
It is a natural solution.
It comes with electrodes that can be applied to other parts of the body.
It has received voluntary FDA clearance.
It comes with a risk free trial.
The company is open, honest, and transparent, both in terms of their studies and in terms of who should not use the device.
The product has received countless positive reviews.
Revitive has an excellent customer service policy.
What I Didn’t Like About Revitive
It is quite expensive.
Only one study has been conducted into Revitive in particular, and it was sponsored by the manufacturer and has only 30 participants.
It cannot be used by everybody.
The Final Verdict
The big question is whether or not Revitive really works. Clearly, there is some clinical evidence to demonstrate that the device is effective, albeit limited evidence. What is important, however, is that so many people have tried it and have made very positive reviews about their experience. Some go so far as saying that they feel as if they have gotten their life back. People state that, although it is costly, they would be happy to pay the same price again as it so significantly decreases their swelling, reduces their pain levels, and improves their circulation.
If you are suffering from discomfort in your body, and particularly in your lower extremities, then you may want to consider trying Revitive. It is not a cheap device, but since you can try it risk free for 60 days, you really have nothing to lose.
About the Author:
After earning her Master’s in Nutritional Science from Cornell University, Vanna Darrow joined the content research team at HealthyMe123. She is excited to share her knowledge of nutrition, health, and fitness in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle for everyone.