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Reducing the impact of leg cramps on quality of life

Frequent leg cramps, especially while exercising, are mainly caused by a medical condition diagnosed as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), commonly called poor circulation, which affects 1 in 5 Australians in some way.


Most Australians have experienced a cramped muscle at least once in their life. However, for some people they occur frequently and can interrupt exercise and daily activities, sleep and general quality of life.

“Muscle cramps are often described as an intense muscle pain or painful tightening of the muscles which happens suddenly and uncontrollably, usually in the legs,” says Dr Martha Mackay, Scientific Officer at Actegy Health. “They can be caused by many things from dehydration, overusing or straining a muscle, pregnancy, poor circulation or due to certain medications.”

For 61-year-old Patti Bee, cramps were affecting her ability to sleep properly.

“I was being woken by violent calf cramps at night, which was preventing me from getting a good night’s sleep. Tiredness was then impacting my quality of life and my ability to take care of my husband who has medical issues and is legally blind. I tried taking magnesium, but it only helped a little bit.”

Relief for leg cramps or discomfort

While gentle flexing and stretching of the muscles before and after exercise may help soothe occasional leg cramps, frequent leg cramps can be more serious, so it’s important to seek medical advice to find out what might be causing them.

“Inactivity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, living with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol are risk factors for poor circulation associated with peripheral arterial disease. People with these risk factors are advised to consult their doctor to understand more about PAD and how to help prevent or manage their condition,” says Dr Mackay.

Remaining active is also very important despite the challenges cramps may present.

“Having leg cramps may discourage a person from exercising. Even just walking can be a challenge due to the pain and discomfort, which can discourage or prevent anyone from exercising. However, it is very important to keep exercising because exercise such as walking helps to pump blood flow around the legs and feet,” explains Dr Mackay.

Drug-free therapy options are also available. Patti Bee relieved her leg cramps by using electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) with a Revitive Circulation Booster.

“I was recommended the Revitive Circulation Booster by a friend. I started using it almost every day for 30 mins and immediately experienced a reduction in the amount of cramps and pain. It has made a big difference to my quality of life and I am a lot less grumpy! It’s amazing what a proper night’s sleep can do,” Patti she says with a laugh.


Revitive Circulation Booster is a registered medical device, endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, which offers drug-free therapy for people medically diagnosed with Peripheral Arterial Disease. For people who suffer from symptoms caused by poor circulation associated with medically diagnosed PAD, Revitive may:

- improve circulation in the legs during use

- reduce pain and discomfort in the legs while walking

- increase walking distance before the onset of claudication symptoms or leg pain

*Consult with your health care professional before use. Do not use if fitted with an electronic implanted device such as a heart pacemaker or Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD), you are pregnant, being treated for, or have symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): such as pain, swelling and tenderness, heavy ache, warm or red skin in the leg. Always read the label. Follow the instructions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Revitive is a complement to your existing treatment plan.


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About Actegy Health AU/NZ - Makers of Revitive

Actegy is a family-owned company started in 2003 with a mission to create life-changing drug-free health solutions to enable people to get more out of life. Over the last decade, Actegy Health has continued to develop and improve its range of products, working with designers, engineers and medical experts from leading UK universities. Revitive products are medical devices which have been rigorously tested to ensure their efficiency and safety.


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