Do you suffer from poor circulation?
Revitive is a drug-free registered medical device using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) which may help to improve circulation in the legs and feet.
What are the Signs of Poor Leg Circulation?
You may have poor leg circulation if you experience:
The feeling of discomfort and aching in your calves and feet can be a sign of poor circulation.
Blood pooling due to poor circulation in the lower legs causes puffiness and swelling in the lower legs.
When blood flow is restricted, it can lead to temperature changes in the skin and extremities.
This is pain that happens when you walk. It may be caused by poor leg circulation due to narrowed arteries.
Poor circulation can cause pain in the legs, ankles or feet even when you’re at rest or not exercising.
Check your skin and nails regularly - dry skin, brittle nails or hair loss on the legs and feet could signal poor circulation.
Causes of poor circulation
When you have poor blood circulation, your blood cannot sufficiently reach certain parts of your body, preventing them from getting the nutrients and oxygen they need and from removing wastes.
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 (PAD).
We recommend for you to talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of poor leg circulation combined with any of the risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoking.
Leg Circulation Explained
Your legs act as a "second heart"
Returning blood to the heart from lower parts of the body, such as the feet and legs, is hard work for your circulation because the blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’. To do this, the circulation needs help from muscles that surround the veins. When we walk, muscles in the feet and legs help to pump blood upwards. The more the muscles work the greater the squeezing action and the easier it is to push blood back to the heart. In effect, muscles in areas such as the feet and legs work as your "second heart".
Blood is very important because it carries and delivers many things that the body needs to stay well.
Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from your heart to the legs, arms and other parts of the body allowing your muscles to work.
Veins carry the used blood back to your heart. Returning blood to the heart from the feet and legs is very difficult as blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’ back to the heart.
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- Varicose Veins. Mayo Clinic website. Accessed June 24, 2021. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/syc-20350643
- What to Know About Poor Circulation. MedicalNewsToday website. Updated January 17, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322371#takeaway
- Foot Care. Diabetes Australia website. Accessed June 16, 2021. https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/living-with-diabetes/preventing-complications/foot-care/
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