Power Legs Massager Review: Is It Legit or Just Hype?
Power Legs is an As Seen on TV foot and leg vibration platform that claims to use principles of acupressure to “refresh, restore and re-energize” your legs and feet.
Tristar Productions is the company that sells Power Legs. Tristar is a specialist in As Seen on TV products; they are one of the leading companies in this genre. Their marketing for this particular product seems to target older consumers who are feeling the effects of age.
In our review of this product, you will receive a straightforward description of how the Power Legs works, what it claims to do to your muscles and what experts say about those claims.
We will also discuss how much the product costs, what its return policy is, and what we think the product’s overall pros and cons are.
Using Power Legs is simple. You plug it into a wall, grab the remote that comes with the machine and select the vibration intensity you want. You’ll then place your feet on the device’s knobbed footrests.
As it vibrates, Tristar says the device will provide the refresh, restore and re-energize benefits we mentioned a few seconds ago.
However, the company doesn’t go into any detail about exactly how vibration can refresh your feet and legs.
Therefore, you may feel yourself wrestling with the fact that you want to buy Power Legs but you aren’t sure about the legitimacy of the product’s claims.
Because those claims are at the heart of why you would buy this device, we did some research to find out if vibration therapy actually helps your legs and, if it does, how it can positively affect your muscles and bones.
The first study we came across was published in 2014 in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. The study focuses on vibration therapy as a solution for delayed-onset muscle soreness that athletes and non-athletes experience.
This muscle soreness, the study says, can result from a variety of conditions, some of which are related to aging. Decreased mobility can lead to leg muscles that get sore quicker because they aren’t used to basic tasks like walking and lifting.
The research concludes that vibration therapy can help your muscles through “improved range of motion and increased blood flow under the skin, muscular strength, power and development.”
However, the study concluded with the caveat that there hasn’t been much research done in this area and more research should be done.
We heard the same thing from Elliott Upton, a personal trainer at Los Angeles-based fitness consultation company Ultimate Performance.
Upton told us that there is some evidence that vibration therapy can help your muscles but that there isn’t enough research to provide a definitive guarantee.
“Exercise equipment or protocols using vibration are certainly not a new thing,” Upton said. “But there is very limited research to show there is any real benefit or efficacy in using vibration therapies or equipment among the general, healthy population.”
He said the existing research indicates blood flow and circulation could benefit from vibration therapy.
“Theoretically, the vibration may increase blood flow and circulation,” Upton told us. “The benefits of increasing blood flow are better muscle health, nutrient delivery to sore muscles, and better recovery – but these can be achieved with more conventional and cost-effective means.”
Those means include adding walking to your daily routine, getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night and staying hydrated.
Dr. Grayson Wickham, a doctor of physical therapy and founder of flexibility and mobility program Movement Vault, took a more positive approach.
Wickham told us multiple studies indicate that vibration therapy can:
- Strengthen muscles
- Increase growth hormone and testosterone levels in tendons
- Decrease the body-wide presence of notorious stress hormone cortisol
The therapy can help “slightly increase bone density in elderly individuals,” he said.
Wickham went on to tell us that long sessions of vibration therapy, however, can lead to muscle fatigue and decreased muscle force.
What all this tells us is that the research about vibration therapy is still forming, there aren’t any specific rules or protocol for how much therapy you should receive depending on your age and other factors, nor is there a general medical consensus that vibration therapy provides consistent benefits.
There are two different prices for Power Legs: $194.90 and $159.96.
Tristar frames the first price as what you’ll pay for a “30-day trial” of the machine. You’ll pay a $14.95 fee for the trial period plus $19.99 to ship the device.
If you don’t cancel your trial by the end of the 30-day trial period, Tristar will charge you $39.99 per month for four months.
If you want to buy the device outright without a trial period, it costs $159.96 and ships for free.
In either case, Power Legs comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee that starts the day you get your device in the mail.
To process the return, you’ll need to call (973)287-5164 to get a return authorization number that allows you to return the item. You will be responsible for return shipping costs, which, based on the size of the device, may cost you more than $20.
The return address is Power Legs, 500 Returns Road, Wallingford, CT 06495.
Based on our research, we found that there is some existing research that indicates vibration therapy could help you prevent or soothe sore muscles. Because of that, Power Legs has the potential to provide some of the benefits they claim it offers.
However, the study we read and the expert insight we received confirmed that research about this type of muscle therapy is thin. Therefore, you’re left with somewhat of a gamble: Do you spend more than $150 on a device whose scientific support isn’t that strong?
The information we gathered indicates that you may want to avoid Power Legs, as its price tag is high and presets a considerable cost for an unknown outcome.
As an alternative, consider the advice that Upton gave. Adding walking to your daily routine is a way to increase blood flow and circulation, increase insulin sensitivity and lower your cholesterol levels, something we discovered in our article, “Walking for Exercise: Why 30 Minutes a Day Can Transform Your Health.”
In the article, we provide well-proven evidence that walking can help you with arthritis, reduce your craving for sweets, reduce the effects of genetic obesity, and lower your chances of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks.
The main difference between walking and Power Legs, however, is that you may be seeking out a product like Power Legs because you can’t walk or have a hard time doing that.
If you find yourself in that position but are concerned about the price of a new Power Legs, check with your health insurance provider or Medicare to find out if vibration machines are covered.
At the time of publishing, at least one Medicare billing company, CGS, indicated that a vibration machine is considered a massage device and not a medical device. Therefore, it may not be eligible for Medicare payments.