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Personalised Therapy For Tired, Aching Legs and Feet: Revitive Review | Catherine Summers aka Not Dressed As lamb, over 50 lifestyle blog

Ever wished there was a magic wand that you could wave to help relieve your tired legs and aching feet?

I’m not so sure that there IS a magic wand that can do that (sorry to disappoint so early on in the post – but do keep reading, I promise you it’s worth it) – but maybe there’s something close…!

It comes in the form of a magic device* that I’ve wanted to try for ages – one specifically designed to boost your circulation, strengthen your muscles and reduce pain and swelling in your legs, feet and ankles.

*it’s not magic. Please note it’s definitely not magic.

 

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You may have seen it advertised on TV (with ex-cricketer Ian Botham!): the Revitive Circulation Booster, a drug-free, clinically-proven medical device which uses EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) to “increase oxygen-rich blood flow and is clinically proven to increase circulation during use”.

Personalised Therapy For Tired, Aching Legs and Feet: Revitive Review | Catherine Summers aka Not Dressed As lamb, over 50 lifestyle blog

And just so you don’t have to, my husband Keith and I have been putting the Revitive Medic Coach through its paces for the last six weeks or so. We each have leg/feet/ankle problems but they’re very different:

 

Our feet and leg pain problems

I’ve been seeing the doctor since the beginning of 2023 for the various pains in my feet and calves and I’m on an NHS waiting list to see podiatry about the problems. Keith’s issue is mostly recurring cramps in his calves, especially in the middle of the night (it’s fun to be woken up at 3 am by your husband suddenly crying out in pain, clutching his leg and trying to soothe yet another cramp).

I’m sure that if you’re of a similar age to us (51 and 53), you’re no stranger to aches and pains. Middle age comes with a whole host of fun health issues(!) and I’m always on the lookout for exercises, pastimes and products that help our sore bodies.

Perimenopause plays a big part in women’s physical health, and good physical health can do a lot to aid good mental health. As for men, well, their aches and pains are just them getting old and moaning about it… #kidding

Therefore the offer of trialling the Revitive Circulation Booster for six weeks was one we HAD to take up. Let’s look at what it is and what it’s designed to do.

 

The Revitive Medic Coach and its benefits

The Medic Coach is Revitive’s “best-ever” device and I want to describe it as a vibrating footplate, except it’s not. It’s SO much better than that. It doesn’t vibrate at all; it actually uses EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation). The best way I can describe it is like pins and needles pulsing strongly into your feet and into your legs, but WITHOUT the pain. It is not painful AT ALL, it’s just… weird. In a good way. In fact, I was so shocked at the sensation when I first used it that I couldn’t stop nervous laughing, you know the “OMG what is happening?!” type of nervous laugh you do?

That.

Personalised Therapy For Tired, Aching Legs and Feet: Revitive Review | Catherine Summers aka Not Dressed As lamb, over 50 lifestyle blog
Please excuse the picture of my feet looking weird – there’s no making them look pretty when they’re having an Electrical Muscle Stimulation therapy session…

 

Then what happens is that your muscles are stimulated so much that your feet start involuntarily moving which causes the device to “rock” back and forth – and yes, it’s meant to do that. I won’t lie, it’s the weirdest thing, but the fact that a device can affect your muscles like this is incredible and fascinating all at the same time. So this is how it works (the sciencey bit):

~ The stimulation (the “pulses” that you feel going through your feet and legs) will start contracting your calf muscles as its level increases. As I mentioned, it’s quite a shock at first, but you soon get used to it. When this happens and you reach the optimum level for you (you’ll know where your threshold is, trust me!), your feet will start rocking the device forward and back. You don’t have to think about it – it just happens automatically.

~ What these “contractions” in your feet and legs do is get blood pumping to the heart and lungs, facilitating the flow of nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood back to the legs and feet. It’s this boost to your circulation that gives relief to the pain you have there. The reason for the rocking is that it helps mobilise the ankle joint without applying undue pressure – and no one in midlife needs even MORE pressure on their joints, do they…?!

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So more specifically, this is what Revitive says the Medic Coach is designed to help:

  • Reduce knee pain and discomfort
  • Strengthen thigh muscles that help support and stabilise the knee
  • Reduce pain and discomfort in legs, feet and ankles
  • Reduce swelling in legs, feet and ankles during use
  • Increase walking distance before pain for people with poor circulation
  • Improve blood circulation in legs and feet

…which is all music to my ears, and to Keith’s too. He was desperate to trial it, as was I, seeing as I’d been woken just a few too many times during the night in the months prior to receiving the device thanks to his cramps.

Getting older might be hard work, but I welcome any way to make it easier (I feel like I should say “on our knees” after that, everyone always talks about having bad knees as the yardstick for getting older…)!

 

How we fit a Revitive session into our day

What we love about the Medic Coach is that it connects to your smartphone and you control your daily workouts with the Revitive app. It asks you lots of questions to get you started so that it can create a personalised plan that meets your specific needs, track your progress and give you updates.

You just need to be sitting comfortably and upright – we use it either when at our desk or the table. I can fit it in easily while I’m working, Keith does his in the evening after work.

Due to being able to control your therapy session with the app, there’s no mixing up settings for different people. There are intensity levels from 1 to 100, and the aim is to reach the right intensity for an optimum therapy session, but also to control it to suit what is a comfortable level for you.

I cannot go anywhere NEAR the level Keith goes to – so thank goodness for the Smart (Bluetooth) technology. You know how some people like their toast done a lot more than others? I always think it’s polite to turn the toaster setting right back down after you’ve used it so that the next person doesn’t inadvertently burn their toast. What I’m getting at (I’ve gone off on a rant about toaster etiquette now) is that thankfully that doesn’t happen with Revitive; the intensity level starts at 1 and builds up gradually (like a car going from 0 to 60. It never starts driving at 60mph). There’s no big shock of stimulation, it will move up from 1 and stop at the most recent maximum setting you used it at.

So the device can be used by more than one person easily. And it’s very straightforward to use, it’s just a case of fitting it into your daily routine. Another bonus: it’s cordless and rechargeable, you just plug it in and it charges up again like your phone, so you can use it anywhere you like.

 

Our results

We had very difficult results, and this is where I’ll be honest with you. In a nutshell, Keith had amazing results and mine were not so dramatic (which I’ll talk about in a second). Anyway – the husband:

Keith hasn’t had one cramp since using Revitive. Talk about a result?!

He’s happy, my sleep pattern is happy, we’re all happy. He said that it’s a lot easier to stretch in the mornings/evenings (before he had to be careful that stretching didn’t trigger a cramp) and his legs feel generally more “energised”. Using the Medic Coach has become something he does every day without fail, and if I had bought it for him as a Christmas present he’d have been very, very happy indeed.

(Maybe I can just put it back in the box and wrap it for him? Can I get away with that for him?!)

My results were not so black and white, but I didn’t have one specific issue that needed addressing like Keith did. My pains are random and sporadic. Sometimes they’re in my feet, sometimes they’re in my knees, sometimes they’re in my calves, sometimes they’re in my shins. Sometimes it’s some or all of the above. I think it’s due to several factors:

  • My leg pains are (currently) unexplained and baffling my GP, hence my being on the waiting list to see podiatry
  • Perimenopause may be playing a large part – leg pain is a common symptom
  • I haven’t completed the full 10-week recommended Revitive course yet
  • Without wanting to self-diagnose, I’m expecting to be told it’s arthritis as my mother has chronic arthritis (but I may be wrong, of course)
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I still have the pains that come and go, BUT on the positive side, my circulation is getting boosted every day. If I can’t go for my daily stomp due to pain (I walk daily up a steep hill so it’s a tough workout) then at least I know my muscles are being stimulated daily. That’s a MASSIVE win if you’re unable to get out and move or walk, either as much as you want to or at all. So if you or someone you know has mobility issues or cannot walk, this would be a fantastic device to aid circulation (I’m going to recommend it to my parents who are both in their 90s and have a lot of problems with mobility).

I’m able to walk the dog every day and go about my daily routine, but doing a lot of cardio and strenuous exercise is difficult right now. I shouldn’t expect the device to be a miracle cure (I didn’t) and my issues are probably a lot more complicated than what can be solved by this device. HOWEVER, the fact that my circulation is being boosted every day – when it wouldn’t be otherwise – is still a win in my eyes πŸ˜€

 

Special Revitive Christmas offer

This is the good bit: if you’re thinking of getting one for yourself or for a loved one, ACT NOW because Revitive are offering special Christmas bundles where you can save up to £183. The Medic Coach is at the top end but the bundles start at £299.96 (RRP £433.88).

Personalised Therapy For Tired, Aching Legs and Feet: Revitive Review | Catherine Summers aka Not Dressed As lamb, over 50 lifestyle blog

I also have a special discount code especially for Not Dressed As Lamb readers! Use discount code NOTLAMB20 for an extra £20 off the ProHealth & Medic Range.

You’ll also get:

  • 3 years warranty as standard
  • 90-day money-back guarantee (your home trial begins on Christmas Day)
  • Free delivery and extended free Christmas returns

Now, the clever thing about getting it as a present for someone for Christmas (this works well when it’s for a partner that you live with) is that you can hopefully, eventually, use it yourself.

I’m actually going to stick my neck out and say that it’s a sure thing because they will be SO amazed at the crazy muscle stimulation of this device that it’ll be a “You HAVE to try this thing!” scenario, and that’s how it becomes a sneaky present to yourself as well.

But don’t tell them I said that…!

 

Important information about Revitive

Last but not least, this is very important. Revitive should NOT be used if you are:

  • Fitted with an electronic implanted device (like a heart pacemaker) or an AICD (automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
  • Being treated for, or have the symptoms of, an existing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pregnant

 

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My final thoughts

Although there are many of these sorts of devices on the market, I think Revitive is probably THE circulation booster to get – the online reviews back this up (people really do rate this brand). Keith swears by it now he’s used it. I’m using it knowing I’m doing something to improve my health at a time when it’s difficult for me to do that physically.

As I always say, getting older is a privilege. But it’s also hard work and often difficult. Anything we can do to preserve our health and make life easier as we age is priceless, don’t you think?

 

Do you think this device is as genius as I do? Will you try it/consider it as a gift for someone? Tell me in the comments…!

 

Thanks for reading,

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20 Comments

  1. 23 December 2023 / 11:53 am

    It certainly sounds like a great Christmas gift for anyone over 50! I’ve been having some foot discomfort lately too and I’m convinced it’s just one of the main peri-menopause symptoms (!). I will tell my father-in-law about this because I know he has some issues with his legs (they just seem to work properly and doctors are baffled).
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      17 January 2024 / 11:08 pm

      It’s been a bit of a lifesaver for Keith for sure, Suzy – and although my problems are probably more deep-rooted (rather than just general aches and pains), I’m very glad my Revitive is keeping my circulation going!

      If your FIL does get one do let me know how he gets on with it…! x

  2. Lisa
    13 December 2023 / 6:43 am

    I read a few of your other posts regarding symptoms of perimenopause- have you ever looked into testosterone pellet therapy? I heard it is more common in the UK than here in the States but I started in July and it has been a life changer for sure. The only down side is that your symptoms come back as the pellet wears off but it is nice to have several weeks in a row with diminished symptoms.

    • Catherine
      Author
      16 December 2023 / 10:52 pm

      Hi Lisa – no I haven’t… I’m currently talking to the doctor about my HRT and having tests for a few things (with regards to what i can and can’t take) – I’ll look it up for sure and see if it’s something that might help me: thank you for the suggestion!

  3. 8 December 2023 / 9:50 pm

    That’s such a cool device!

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    • Catherine
      Author
      10 December 2023 / 11:54 pm

      Thanks Danielle πŸ™‚

  4. 7 December 2023 / 8:44 pm

    It sounds really very good. I’ve seen the adverts on the tv and always wanted to hear more – thanks for sharing. Good to hear of improvements C. Will mention this to my mum, I’m sure she’ll be interested xx Jacqui

    • Catherine
      Author
      7 December 2023 / 10:41 pm

      Jacqui thank you – yes I too had seen the adverts and was intrigued about trying it! I think it’s a great device for elderly people and I would love to get one for my mum and dad πŸ™‚

  5. 7 December 2023 / 9:57 am

    My partner is thinking about buying this Catherine, so thank you fo sharing your thoughts. Very helpful xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      7 December 2023 / 6:43 pm

      My pleasure, Laurie – hope it’s helped you to make a decision! Hope Dee is okay x

  6. Debby
    6 December 2023 / 5:31 pm

    My FIL had one of these, was recommended for his MS.

    Peri pains are just so random! Mine seem to be easing, but the burning pains I was getting in my ankles for a while would pretty much bring me to tears. Main issue now is knees.

    Forgive me if I’m speaking out of place, but has Keith run his issue past his GP? Just that my husband thought he just had cramps or exercise related calf pain, and got diagnosed with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) which was a terrible shock. Not always something you’d expect if the sufferer is ostensibly healthy or slim and fit.

    • Catherine
      Author
      7 December 2023 / 6:56 pm

      The peri pains seem to be so different for everyone, Debby – I guess that’s why it’s so hard to treat/diagnose them…?

      And no don’t worry, you’re not speaking out of place at all! Keith hasn’t been to the doctor for anything for years, despite me saying he needs to… I think it’s a typical male thing?! So cramps in his legs are not what he’d deem serious, but maybe I’ll show him your message and it might make him see that he shouldn’t ignore all the things that he thinks aren’t anything to worry about (thank you for your concern, it’s appreciated)! x

      • Debby
        8 December 2023 / 7:52 pm

        It’s worth a check, mine doesn’t have any choice about regular GP contact due to T1 diabetes, which was why the GP was immediately concerned when he mentioned the calf problems as it is a common problem with diabetes as a patient ages. One of the exercises he got got given is a really useful one for anyone worried about circulation and lower leg strength, you just go up and down on to your tip toes dozens of times a day, really gets the blood flowing!

        Honestly, I never realised how painful getting older would be, in so many ways.

        And thank you for the useful posts about this time of life! x

        • Catherine
          Author
          17 January 2024 / 11:10 pm

          I agree about the getting older thing… I don’t any of us are fully prepared for it, it can be a shock!! πŸ˜‰

  7. Gillian
    6 December 2023 / 4:55 pm

    I have had mine for a couple of months now and use it five days a week. Has improved on the pains in my legs and the tingling I had in my toes. Simple to use, I use mine while I am reading. so pleased I purchased it, has definitely improved circulation in my legs and helped to decrease the pain I had on my legs. Would highly recommend.

    • Catherine
      Author
      7 December 2023 / 6:57 pm

      Wow Gillian that sounds amazing – I’m so pleased for you! I’m with you on the simple-to-use factor, from al the reviews I’ve read online it does sound like a gamechanger for so many people πŸ˜€

  8. 6 December 2023 / 1:06 pm

    Very balanced and interesting review! I hadn’t seen the product before (not even Ian Botham) but it sounds like the sort of device my sporty and injury prone husband would appreciate.

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 December 2023 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks Gail – it’s always worth being honest! I’m sure your husband would find relief with it if he’s injury-prone… our legs take a bashing if we’re very sporty!

  9. Sandie Roberts
    6 December 2023 / 12:26 pm

    This sounds really interesting for me as someone with reduced mobility, thank you for such a thorough and honest review

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 December 2023 / 4:06 pm

      Funnily enough Sandie I had you in mind when first thinking about how it would benefit those with a lack of mobility and wheelchair users! To have the circulation in your legs boosted when you’re unable to do that with exercise is such an amazing gift to give them* – my pains may not have been eradicated but I’m still really happy that my circulation is getting benefits πŸ˜€

      *”them” meaning “one’s legs” πŸ˜‰

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