Review of the ActiPatch Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy
The ActiPatch is a new device that uses the electromagnetic pulse therapy that anyone who’s been to a physiotherapist might know as that odd instrument they point at the affected area and then wander off for 10-15 minutes. But this time it’s in a handy wrap designed specifically for someone’s knee.
This combination of taking existing clinically proven technology and making it more accessible has earned the device a Wall Street Journal award for ‘Medical Innovation’, which seems to be a strong avocation for the science behind that patch too. But how well does is actually work? Well you’ll have to read on to find out.
The ActiPatch is a single-feature device and that feature is the electromagnetic pulse. The wrap is designed for comfort, has a simple enough on/off switch and claims to last up to 720 hours’ worth of treatment, so really not anything to have any sort of issue with. It does what it says on the tin, so to speak.
Given that the treatment is sensation free, it’s tough to know whether it’s actually working, but as far as I can tell it seemed to function perfectly well. The straps fasten simply enough around the leg above and below the knee, although I did find myself having to double check the instructions to make sure I had it the right way round and in the right positions, but I’m sure that’s something you’d get used to fairly quickly. Once on I could clearly see the patch would fit easily under trousers if you wanted to treat an injury at work, for example.
The ActiPatch is a simple enough device to understand and it seems to work, but how much will it actually set you back? Well, it’s available for a not unreasonable £20 and other versions for your back and general muscle pain appear to cost the same. This feels like about the right price for what it is and does. It’s cheaper than going to the physio to have him or her use essentially the same technique, so as an alternative to that it’s certainly worth the cash.
I don’t really have any major knee issues for the ActiPatch to relieve, but I tested the tech through the bumps and bruises of American Football, as well as the strains of general training. I did have a couple of days where my knees felt quite stiff or saw and they always seemed to feel at least a bit better after using the ActiPatch.
I have no real criticism of the device, but I would maybe like to see some additional features, such as a timed off function or some sort of alert to let you know your session is up. That’s always the way with single-function devices though and otherwise I think the ActiPatch is priced just right for what it is. I would certainly recommend this to anyone with ongoing knee issues, although I would ask them to see a physio/doctor about it first of course!