Active Patch 4 U Review – A sticky situation
I’m finding myself in a sticky situation. A bit of background might explain why. I am an eager runner, and as soon as I hit some form, I get a bit too excited, and before long, I have injured myself. I realized that I have to be a smarter runner, and sort out the deficiencies that occur in my body, however that is a another post for another time – I will be working with a biokineticist and a range of posts will be done regarding that as well.
I injured my groin a few weeks back just before a race I trained quite hard for, so being stubborn and feeling well, I just aggravated the injury a bit during the race. With the injured groin, I overcompensated with my hamstring, and before I know it, I had two injuries. Stubborn, I know. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered seeing something called Active Patch 4 U being worn by some elite trail runners, and I decided to do a quick search. To my surprise they were available in South Africa, so I ended up gibing them a go after coming across their quite impressive website. After some communication between myself and Bret from Active Patch 4 U, I was convinced to buy myself some. The service received from their side has been very good, and I received them within two days delivered to my door after payment went through. So now you know I did pay for them, and accordingly this is a honest assessment of Active Patch.
I have to admit, I was so keen to apply the patches that I completely forgot to take any pictures of the packaging, and I wanted to apply them as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that all the pictures hereon was only taken after wearing Active Patch for a non stop period of three weeks.
The patches are quite attractive. I bought a pack of four, with two of them a bright blue, whilst the other two was more neutral colored. It is not very big, however once they were applied, I could feel them, but it is not bothersome at all. These patches are sticky. I promise you that. Once applied, I left it for a period of three weeks, and it withstood twice daily showers, together with some chafing from trousers and so forth. So the one thing that I am really impressed with is the quality. It does look good, and once applied it easily lived up to the promises of the manufacturer that they should last at least 12 days. Mine lasted 21 days, so be assured, it is not a flimsy product, and that in itself is a big positive for me.
How does it work?
I am not quite sure, however I found the following explanation on the website:
Active Patch 4U is composed of a mix of more than 20 natural metal oxides such as iron; magnesium; titanium; silicon; manganese and zirconium oxides.
Each oxide is known for its infrared energy emissivity effect —which we can call ‘heat-energy’. They have been used for decades, especially in Japan and Korea, in common infrared lamps and other infrared emitting products.
Active Patch 4U is the result of an important fundamental research study, started in Japan and concluded in France at the end of the last decade. The basic idea is to mix, in the right proportions, all the metal oxides so as to emit infrared’s in the life-supporting “far” ranges (between 4 and 12 micrometers).
Active Patch 4 U also has the following three modes of action as again described on the website:
Applying Active Patch 4U to a known problem-area will help strengthen it. It also limits the chance for a recurrence of the problem associated with that area.
Applying Active Patch 4U will help treat, stimulate and relax the problem-area.
Active Patch 4U contributes to a general energetic well-being along with treating a specific area. However, our patches are not aimed at treating illness.
To read more about the action, you can take a look here. From the above it becomes clear that Active Patch may not be for the already injured. Despite this, I decided to order some, and see what all the fuss is about. As stated already, it sits comfortable, and seemingly did a good job.
It is real easy to apply the patches. A full and informative guide is available here. I had no issues applying the patches, however make sure that you do apply it to the correct muscles. As stated, these things stick, and once applied, my advise would be that you should not mess around with it.
To be totally honest, I was a bit skeptical about it. When I received my batch of four, I was happily surprised by the quality thereof, and plenty of it too. The problem that I find myself in however, and this is my sticky situation, is that my injury was more serious than what I anticipated. Isn’t that however always the case with us runners?
After applying Active Patch, I had to quit running completely for four weeks to try and recover. My leg definitely feels better, and I started slowly jogging again. If this is however due to the Active Patch or the complete rest, I cannot say. I do feel it will be a bit unfair of me to state that it was just the patches or the complete inactivity that helped with recovery. Active Patch 4 U was not, and is still not marketed as product to aid complete recovery of an injured muscle, however in terms of prevention and comfort, I would say that it will be useful. It is a well made, high quality product however I may have used it for the wrong reasons.
I will definitely buy some again in the future, and would say that anyone interested should try it out, and come to their own conclusion. You can buy some at their online shop.