How many of you have back pain?
Betting dollars to donuts there are oodles of you who, just like me, endure chronic pain. Having Fibromyalgia, I am no newbie at the aching.
I was sent the ActiPatch® Back Pain Relief to review for my readers and followers and… friends…you are going to want to read it.
I’m no stranger to back pain. I’ve had disc ruptures. I’ve scar tissue from being kicked in the back by a horse when I was 20 years old. I have Fibromyalgia. I endure prolonged periods of sciatica. I have degenerative disc disease (as do many of you, whether you know it or not…aging = oodles of fun #notreally) and osteoarthritis within the L-disc range.
What is this product?
“‘The ActiPatch® Back Pain product provides advanced long-lasting chronic pain relief using Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy and works great for lower back pain, backaches, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains and general back pain.”
You can have a look at the products offered at ActiPatch®.
Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy? Is that even a thing?
I took it upon myself to do some checking on my bff, Google, for case studies or clinical studies not posted on the product website:
So, I had hope.
Drug-free. Sensation-free. No side effects.
In the package box were two baggies. One contained the electromagnetic therapy device, the other contained the elasticized band onto which two (very) sticky Velcro patches attach the device to the band.
The band itself is remarkably accommodating for people of all sizes. I enjoy a good bowl of ice cream every now and again, and I’ve had five children. I had plenty of band left over. True story.
The device, a loop with a solid disc approximately the size of a loonie, is lightweight and when attached to the belly band, is really out-of-sight, out-of-mind and non-restrictive in every way. It tucked well into my shorts and I only needed to adjust the band like I would adjust my shorts if I stood up and down frequently.
The device boasts a whopping 720 hours of emission time. I’ll save you the calculation: That’s 30 full days of use. It has an ON/OFF button which is easy to use and comes with a small tab covering it, so you cannot possibly inadvertently turn it off. Again, with the power of no sensation comes great responsibility. 😉
The Youtube videos have easy-to-follow instructions, just in case the ease of use isn’t apparent at first try, and a plethora of testimonials.
The first time I wore the device I wore it for four days consecutively. You do have to take the device off to shower/bathe. I also, as the instructions suggested, wore it at night.
I didn’t wear it on the fifth day because I had no noticeable lower back pain. I know this, because it wasn’t until I was at Walmart, grocery shopping mid-day, that I’d felt a slight twinge in my glute muscle. I realized I hadn’t needed to put the device on as I’d clearly forgotten.
Thinking that, perhaps, I was experiencing psychosomatic correlations, I didn’t wear the device for four days. By the fifth, I could feel significant pain in my lower lumber as usual (6 out of 10). I put the device on and had noticeable reduction in pain by end-of-day (2 out of 10). By two days after, I would say I achieved a 1 out of 10 on my ”Hurt Scale.” The relief was immeasurable.
Amazon.ca currently sells this particular product for $39.95CDN. For an entire month’s usage. I think about how often I blow through tubes of Voltaren (which is really hit-or-miss in terms of pain reduction) at 150g for $25.49? I was remarkably impressed by the cost-of-use unit per dollar. Again…30 days straight of run-time.
If you click this Amazon.ca link, you’ll also see that they offer a 7 day trial for $9.95CDN. I’ll do the calculation for you: that is 168 continuous hours.
My final verdict? I love this product:
Ease of Use: 5/5
Pain reduction: My tight-end estimate would be having had a 70-80% reduction in pain in the lower lumbar/sacroiliac joint area.
I fully intend to also try the ActiPatch® products for knee pain and for muscle/joint pain, and maybe even hit people up for my Christmas list. 😉
If you are looking for a drug-free, sensation-free product that, I believe, could assist you in finding pain reduction within the normal standards of objectivity, this is a product that you will want to consider. I will be using this product in the future for myself.*
Have you tried an ActiPatch® product before? What was your experience like? Do let me know in the comments!
This IS the #1 selling brand of pain relief devices in Boots in the UK (Boots is like the Shoppers Drug Mart of the UK). You can find it at Amazon.ca now, and at Costco.ca in the near future.
*author received one product to review and no further remuneration, opinions are those of the author alone