By Donna Gregory Burch.
I was given a 7-day trial device and a 720-hour device to use for this ActiPatch review. Although I was given these products for free, all opinions are my own and were not in any way influenced by ActiPatch USA. I did not receive any compensation from ActiPatch for this review and do not benefit financially from ActiPatch sales.
Like most of you, I’ve been living with chronic bodywide pain for years. I thought I’d felt most every kind of pain there is until I developed a herniated disc last summer. Let me just say severe back pain is a whole different level of misery!
When the herniated disc first made its presence known, I was couch- and bed-bound for a few days. At one point, I was literally having to crawl up the stairs or to the bathroom because I couldn’t stand upright.
Thanks to stretches, inversion therapy and couple of steroid injections, the pain has settled down somewhat but it’s still a daily struggle. On days when it’s really flaring (like today), I’m grateful I discovered ActiPatch.
ActiPatch is “a new and clinically proven drug-free technology in the fight against chronic muscle and joint pain,” reads the ActiPatch website. “[It] provides long-lasting and drug-free pain relief with no side effects. ActiPatch relieves pain due to muscle and joint soreness, strains and sprains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more.”
I know a lot of my fellow fibro/Lyme warriors use TENS units for localized pain. ActiPatch is NOT a TENS! While using ActiPatch, I’m able to be completely mobile, and there’s no sensation coming from the unit – no heat, no tingling, no nothing. I tend to forget I’m even wearing it.
ActiPatch works by sending electromagnetic signal pulses 1,000 times a second “to stimulate neuromodulation of the afferent nerves to dampen the brain’s perception of pain,” reads ActiPatch’s website.
When I first received ActiPatch, I was surprised by how small and unassuming it was. It’s just a simple roundish transmitter attached to a circular wire. I was given a 7-day trial device and the 720-hour device for longer-term use.
The 7-day trial package came with the device and a few bandages to be used for attaching the ActiPatch to the pain site. Once I activated the trial device, it was powered on with no way to turn it off, so I tried to use it as much as possible during those first few days. My 7-day trial actually lasted a few days longer than it was supposed to. Score!
I used the bandages to attach the ActiPatch over the site of my herniated disc and basically just left it there except for when using my sauna or taking a shower.
After the battery ran out on the trial unit, I graduated to the 720-hour device, which came with bandages plus an elastic band that can be wrapped in various ways to hold the ActiPatch in place. I liked the band much better because it was painful to remove the bandages from my skin.
I wear the elastic band around my waist and then tuck the ActiPatch between my skin and the band to hold it in place. I’ve also used the band to hold ActiPatch in place while treating knee pain and leg/shin pain.
The 720-hour unit has an on/off button, so I can power it as needed and conserve the battery life when I’m not wearing it.
ActiPatch is a disposable device. Once the battery is dead, the unit needs to be replaced. When my Actipatch stops working, I will be buying the refill device.
So, does the ActiPatch reduce pain? Well, for me it depended on the type of pain I was treating. I did not notice a difference in bodywide fibromyalgia/Lyme pain levels while using ActiPatch, but for localized pain, such as the pain in my lower back and knees, it makes a noticeable difference.
Like most other pain-relieving devices I’ve tried, it doesn’t eliminate pain entirely, but it definitely reduces the intensity. As I’ve said, the pain from a herniated disc is very debilitating. With ActiPatch, I’m able to remain upright and functional whereas without it, I would likely be couch- or bed-bound.
But what I think is most impressive about ActiPatch is how well it works given its low cost. I’ve written about several other pain-relieving devices on NationalPainReport.com and FedUpwithFatigue.com over the years, and I consistently hear from readers who say, “I would love to try XYZ product but I can’t afford it.”
I’m pretty sure I won’t receive these kinds of comments about ActiPatch. Here’s why: The 7-day trial device costs less than $5 on sale! The longer term, 720-hour unit is less than $30 on sale! That rivals the price of some of the cheapest TENS units, and frankly, ActiPatch works much better than any TENS I’ve ever used.
So, if you have localized pain, I would definitely recommend trying ActiPatch. The 7-day trial is on sale right now for $4.95, but the first 200 people who enter the code AWW at checkout will receive their trial device for FREE!
I’m excited we have a new, affordable pain-relieving gadget that actually works! Good work, ActiPatch!
If you try ActiPatch (or have already tried it), let me know how it works in the comments section below.
Donna Gregory Burch was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 after several years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She was later diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Donna covers news, treatments, research and practical tips for living better with fibromyalgia and Lyme on her blog, FedUpwithFatigue.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Donna is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines throughout Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She lives in Delaware with her husband and their many fur babies.