What is ActiPatch?
Actipatch is a therapy device which can help you to manage pain in your muscles and joints. It’s completely medication-free, working wherever you place it on the body to ease pain and inflammation without creating any uncomfortable heat or vibrations. If you suffer from chronic pain and are looking for long-term relief, ActiPatch could be the perfect solution for you.
When would I use this product?
You can use Actipatch whenever you feel pain in your muscles or joints, no matter where the pain is or what has caused it. People use this product to ease pain caused by lots of different and common conditions, with some of the most popular reasons including:
- Runner’s or Jumper’s knee
- Neck & Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Postoperative recovery
- General muscle and joint pain
How will this device help to ease my pain?
ActiPatch works by sending out electromagnetic signal pulses into the area where you experience pain. It sends out 1,000 pulses every second, stimulating the neuromodulation of your nerves dampening the feeling of pain with every pulse. It does all this without creating any feeling of vibration, heat, or any other uncomfortable sensation which you may experience with other drug-free pain relief.
Which ActiPatch is right for me?
If you’re new to Actipatch and aren’t sure which version of this product is the best for you, there are 4 options you can choose from. Each one works in the same way, but maybe easier to use on different areas of the body:
- 7 Day trial pack – Perfect for first-timers, this product gives you 7 days of continuous use and can be used all over the body
- Back pain therapy device – Comes with a reusable back wrap, which helps to keep this product securely positioned. It’s perfect for lower back pain but can be moved to cover other areas of the back, as needed
- Knee pain therapy device – This one comes with a reusable knee strap, which holds this product in place on your
- Muscle and Joint Pain therapy device – Perfect for easing pain no matter where you experience it. This product contains the classic ActiPatch ring, which can be held in place with plasters or bandages wherever you may need it.
How long will this device last?
The Back Pain, Knee Pain, and Muscle & Joint Pain ActiPatch devices will last for 720 hours, or 30 days, of use. These models all feature an on/off switch so you can use this product as much or as little as you need. The 7 Day Trial pack lasts for 7 days of continuous use, and will not be
Can I use this product if I have diabetes?
This product is free from medication and is completely safe for use by people who have diabetes. It can also be used by those who suffer from other conditions, including people with arthritis, the elderly, and those who are bedridden.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
ActiPatch is free from medication or hormones, and therefore should be fine to use at the same time as your medication. However, if you’re unsure you should always speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product, as they will help you to be sure this
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant?
ActiPatch currently hasn’t been clinically evaluated for use during pregnancy, so you should not use this product during this time.
How to use this device
Using ActiPatch could not be simpler, just position the device loop wherever you experience pain, ensuring that the area where you feel pain is positioned inside the loop. Fix the loop in place using plasters, bandages, clothing, wraps, or whichever method feels most comfortable. Turn the device on and leave it in place until your pain diminishes, it will continue to work for as long as you leave it switched on. If the device is on, you’ll notice a green light. If you’re using one of the 720-hour versions of this product, you can use the on/off switch when you remove your ActiPatch, saving energy when it’s not in use.
When should ActiPatch not be used?
If you use a pacemaker, we do not recommend that you use your ActiPatch directly over the pacemaker itself. Do not use this product when showering or bathing, this product should not be submerged in water. When the battery of this product has run out, you should not attempt to replace it. Your device will not be able to provide optimal treatment after 720 hours and should be thrown away with your regular household waste.
Does this product have any side effects?
ActiPatch is drug-free and therefore should not have any side effects when used as recommended by the manufacturer. However, if you do experience any side effects while using this product, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of treatments, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. This product is water-resistant but should never be submerged in water. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Can I use a cold compress/Ice pack on top of the back pain actipatch?
As Actipatch is an electronic devise and the cold compress would have condensation, this wouldn't be advisable
I have complex regional pain syndrome following a trapeziectomy. This is hampering my recovery. Would the actipatch work for me?
Actipatch can assist with bruising & Scar Recovery.
It helps restore cellular action to accelerate healing. Recommended by numerous doctors, the Actipatch is the most cutting-edge solution for reducing post-operative bruising, swelling, pain, and redness, and minimizing scar appearance.
Approved by the FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this drug-free, painless electromagnetic device delivers a pulsed electromagnetic frequency therapy to accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries. The reduction of pain and swelling allows you to return to normal activities much sooner and facilitates your recovery. Actipatch also helps restore cellular action to accelerate healing. This therapy eliminates major barriers for patients considering major surgery by reducing the recovery time and cost of therapy. The rapid restoration of normal activity prevents atrophy, collateral injury and days lost from work. .
Awaiting hip replacement, will these work for the pain getting at the moment
Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. Most hip pain can be controlled with self-care at home including the use of ActiPatch. Hip pain can sometimes be caused by diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back or your knee and ensure you contact your doctor.
Is actipatch available on NHS prescription
Actipatch is a wearable medical device that uses electromagnetic fields to regulate irregular nerve activity and help relieve chronic pain. The device is taped over the affected area and stimulation at a high frequency is reported to alleviate pain with no sensation.
The clinical evidence for Actipatch is based on 2 small studies. The results from the first study suggest that although pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) is effective for pain management in knee osteoarthritis, future larger studies, including head-to-head studies comparing PEMF therapy with standard pharmacological approaches in osteoarthritis, are warranted.
The second study signed up subjects via the company website (self-selection) and was not a randomised controlled trial.
Although Actipatch is allowed to be prescribed on NHS prescription, a number of local CCGs, haven't allowed it onto their local formularies.
I have an NHS prescription for Actipatch and I have a prescription. What do I need to do to order it from you please?
If you are struggling to obtain Actipatch in your local area, here are the options
1. We can pull your prescription electronically if you contact us and it’s sat at another pharmacy. Call our pharmacy team on 01695474433
2. Your doctors can send to us electronically using FPQ59 or typing chemist-4 into search box for pharmacies.
3. Alternatively you can post the traditional green prescription (English/Welsh or Irish) or peach (Scottish) to us using free post address https://www.chemist-4-u.com/prescriptions/nhs-prescriptions
4. Or simply purchase from our website https://www.chemist-4-u.com/brands/actipatch
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