Sponsored by Revitive LV
Are you ready for another of my health confessions?
This one’s not new. It’s related to my auto-immune thyroid disorder, Hashimotos, which I’ve talked about at length before.
One of the many and varied symptoms I have with this condition is what I like to affectionately dub, the Summer Cankle.
See, I don’t have cankles all year round. Just when the heat and humidity rises – or when I’m travelling on an aircraft for longer than about four hours.
My feet are not pretty at the best of times thanks to a childhood of not wearing shoes (not even to school) that caused widespread toes which can do a Star Trek “V” Vulcan salute.
Add to the dodgy toe formation, a pair of swollen ankles and aching calves and I’m truly a vision made for a hair removal or hosiery commercial. NOT.
So when the people at Revitive LV contacted me to see if I’d like to give their electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) machine a trial, I didn’t have to think twice.
This is something I would have considered buying myself as a way to get through a summer without swollen, aching feet and calves.
At the same time as considering such a purchase, I also would have been skeptical that:
1. It would actually make a difference.
2. I would actually get it out and use it.
Memories of me asking for a foot spa for Mother’s Day circa 2005 came flashing back. In my head I thought it was going to relieve my pregnancy-induced aching and swollen feet - that I’d get it out every night and give my feet some TLC. Well, at least once a week.
Did that happen? What do you think? NO!
What did happen is that less than two years later it was sold for a few dollars in a garage sale.
Here’s the thing, if it had actually worked, I would have created a habit of using it.
With the Revitive LV, I noticed a difference from the very first use. That was enough of an incentive to keep it under the lounge room sofa and switch it on every night since – except the six days I was in Bali and boy, oh boy, did I wish I had it there.
When we finally arrived after a day of travelling, not only were my lower legs severely huffy and puffy but they were then assaulted with a humidity they hadn’t experienced since last summer.
An attractive combination all round.
Coming home it was a different story. The humidity was lower but the cankles were just as attention seeking.
First thing I did on waking the next morning was get myself positioned on the sofa with the book I never had five minutes to read in Bali and switch on the Revitive LV for 30 minutes.
In one session, the huffy and puffiness was reduced. That sealed the deal on my love affair with the Revitive LV. It’s here to stay.
I will LoVe my legs this summer
According to Revitive LV’s research, 82% of women have experienced leg health-related problems.
The Revitive LV is circulation-boosting therapy for legs and feet. Good circulation helps with muscle tone, and preventing tired, aching legs and feet often associated with fluid retention.
Good circulation is also essential for good vein health. I’m lucky for now that this is something I don’t have to worry about but given how many hours I sit at a desk each day, using the Revitive LV will be a good preventative step, I feel.
The LV uses EMS technology to send pulses through the bottom of your feet. These start off as tingles on a level of about 10 and rise to a strength that actually contracts your calf muscles on about level 20.
Yes, it felt strange to begin with but not uncomfortable or painful. Now, I’m quite used to it and look forward to my 30 minute session in front of the TV after dinner.
If I’ve had a particularly desk-bound day, I’ve put it on under my desk for an extra 30 minutes too.
A Revitive LV unit costs $229 (you can buy online here or at selected pharmacies and electrical retailers). Yes, that’s a significant initial outlay but considering how much I spend on salon beauty treatments every month, the cost is put in perspective (apparently 1 in 5 women spend more than $50 a month on salon treatments so I’m not alone!).
The only relief I used to access when my ankles and calves were really swollen and achy was with lymphatic drainage massage. Yes, this felt wonderful and was super relaxing but weekly or even fortnightly appointments really do add up – and eat into my shoe budget.
Having the convenience of a treatment I can do at home takes the unknown, ongoing cost factor out of the equation. Plus, by using it on a regular basis – not just when my legs are swollen – I’ll go some way to preventing them getting in that state in the first place.
How could a Revitive LV help you LoVe your legs more this summer?
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