Revitive IX Circulation Booster Review
The Revitive IX is an interesting development in 'vibration' technology. But just to be clear, it's not a power plate in the sense of the other models we've reviewed here as it uses Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to work the muscles of the lower leg and not vibration. If you're looking to tone up and lose weight this isn't for you.|
The Revitive is marketed as a medical device to improve circulation and general leg health by reducing swollen ankles and feet.
So does it work? Is it work the cost?
We won't go into great detail why good circulation is vital for health, but briefly our body needs a constant supply of oxygenated blood, and an efficient way to remove waste products quickly. Poor circulation can lead to complications and reduce further your ability to stay active.
The muscles of the leg, especially the calves, play a vital role in your circulatory system as they work against gravity to 'pusj' blood back up to your heart. Guards on duty are taught to contract and release their calves to stop them passing out when standing still for hours on end!
The Revitive is designed to stimulate your leg muscles while sitting, making it suitable for those who find it difficult to lead an active life. The muscles respond to the electrical stimulation by contracting and relaxing, thus replicating physical activity and pushing the blood back through your legs.
But we think it also has benefits for those who spend hours a day on their feet and, as a result suffer from aching feet and swollen ankles. Twenty minutes stimulation is enough to soothe the aches away and we could see a visible reduction in swelling around the ankle.
One of our testers also felt it helped with their arthritis using if for 30 minutes a day.
So how is it different to a foot spa that costs a quarter of the price? Well apart from not being able to rest your feet in warm water with a spa, the way the Revitive activates your muscles is different. As mentioned earlier, it uses Electrical Muscle Stimulation to deliver what its maker call 'WidePulse' Waveforms. These it claims gives a long burst of stimulation, and then a long pause to allow the blood to flow through before the next contraction squeezes it out. And it does seem to work!
And it also couldn't be simpler to use. It comes with a remote control so you don't even have to bend down to operate the controls. You select the time period and the intensity of the stimulation. We weren't sure of the latter setting but soon found what worked for us by experimenting - if we couldn't feel anything, we cranked it up. This differed for each person.
The unit has a rocker on the bottom and you'll find your feet start to flex and extend once the device is on - the movement at the ankles apparently helps with pushing the blood around your legs.
Our only gripe is that it can only be used plugged into the mains and doesn't have a rechargable battery to use on the go.
To coin a phrase, the Revitive does appear to do 'what it says on the tin' and is easy to use. It's slim and will slide under most chairs when not in use - what more could you ask for? Medical approval? Well it does seem that a number of doctors are happy to recommend this product, so what have you got to lose!
Please note, we've not given the Revitive a score because it's not strictly a vibration plate and so it's unfair to compare it to the others on this site. And as stated above, it's a medical device with health benefits and not fitness equipment.
The Revitive IX display and console
Compact and well designed.
Useful carry handle.
Very easy to use.
15 intensity settings.
Convenient - just 20 minutes while sitting down.
Handy remote control.
30 Day money-back guarantee / long two year warranty.
Not much to dislike really. A built-in, rechargeable battery would have been useful.
£189 from Amazon.co.uk That's £10 cheaper than buying it directly from Revitive!