"I don't have the best circulation..."
"Dawn Fraser promotes it, it must work"
"They've shown it on the telly!"
"My neighbour/friend/discount cousin/ insert well meaning friend says it is amazing and highly recommends I get one!"
Confusing - right?!
I get asked all the time, are circulation boosters effective? Should I get one?
You normally see Revitive circulation boosters plastered on morning talk shows or late-night infomercials.
They promise to improve your circulation with just 30 minutes use a day while you sit down and relax! Sounds pretty great huh?
So let’s break it down.
The idea behind a circulation booster is that it uses Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to
contract and relax your muscles, increasing blood flow to your legs and feet. Clinical studies have shown that EMS improves blood flow which allows increased flexibility and reduced swelling, helping to alleviate swollen ankles or feet.
Short answer – yes, any contraction and relaxation movement of the muscles will increase blood flow to some degree.
Does that mean I should buy one?
Long answer NO – although a circulation booster will slightly improve circulation it is minimal and insignificant. You are far better off going for a 30-minute walk if you are able.
The benefits of walking (to name a few!)
- Increased heart and lung function
- Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
- Improved management of blood pressure, cholesterol, muscle pain and Diabetes
- Stronger bones
- Improved balance
- Increased muscle strength and endurance
- Reduced body fat
- Getting fresh air, Vitamin D and getting outside
- Social component- catching up with a friend or family member while you walk!
You may find a circulation booster useful if you are unable to walk. However from a Podiatrist's perspective, if you’re able to walk for 30 minutes a day then do it!
The benefits of walking, not only for your physical but also mental health, far out-weigh those of the circulation booster. You’ll also save yourself some money - bonus!
If you are thinking about buying a circulation booster I would recommend a full assessment by a Podiatrist beforehand. We will check out your blood flow first and will give you practical steps to improve blood flow and function for the long term!
If you're wanting blood flow checked out further book here: https://pod-fit-adelaide.cliniko.com/bookings#location
With you every step of the way!
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