If you have ever felt sick to your stomach on a bumpy plane ride or a rocking boat, you know how miserable it can be. Even after you are back on stable ground, the feeling can last for several hours or days. ReliefBand is a unique, patented, drug-free medical device, cleared by the FDA for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy or motion sickness.
Worn like a watch, but on the underside of your wrist, the device emits a low-level electrical current across two small electrodes on its underside. It works by stimulating the median nerve located on the underside of the wrist to help reduce nausea. Just slip it on your wrist and adjust the intensity to suit your individual needs.
There’ have been many attempts to come up with a nausea-beater sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration. Before the ReliefBand, the best hope was a device that rested against the underside of the wrist and worked like acupressure, sending a soothing message to the brain. But those straps aren’t comfortable and didn’t always work well. And medications may help, but usually have side effects which can be just as unwelcome as the symptoms being treated.
As mentioned, the ReliefBand helps with morning sickness and motion sickness.
- Morning sickness affects up to 80% of all expectant mothers. Episodes can occur at any time; morning, day or night. In fact, up to 40% of pregnant women continue to have symptoms into their 2nd trimester, and up to 20% throughout their entire pregnancy.
- Motion Sickness affects up to a third of the population. It is a complex process that is triggered by a multitude of biological and physical pathways, and often occurs when the body is subjected to accelerations of movement in different directions or under conditions where visual contact with the actual outside horizon is disoriented. Symptoms generally consist of dizziness, fatigue, malaise and nausea, which may progress to vomiting. They can occur before, or after an activity begins, and if left untreated can linger for hours or days.
So how does it work?
Technically referred to as “neuromodulation,” ReliefBand proprietary technology uses the body’s natural neural pathways to regulate the various stimulus mechanisms causing motion sickness. This is technology that has been used in hospital settings for the treatment of post-operative nausea and vomiting, as well as motion and morning sickness for nearly twenty years.
The wearable generates a proprietary programmed electrical pulse from the underside of the device that stimulates the median nerve. The generated signals travel via the peripheral nervous system to the central nervous system and the higher emetic centre of the brain. The signals modulate the neural pathways between the brain and stomach, via the vagus nerve, restoring normal gastric rhythm and relieving nausea and vomiting.
There are three steps to using the device:
Step 1: Find the starting area on the wrist. Using either wrist, the correct area is in between the two tendons on the underside of the wrist – two finger widths from the first crease in the wrist.
Step 2: Clean the area first. Apply a small drop of gel and spread in a circle about the size of a large coin with an even sheen.
Step 3: Place the device over the gelled area and fasten it snugly. Press the power button to turn it on. When activated, the wearable emits gentle pulses to the underside of the wrist. Starting at power level 1, increase stimulation until tingling is felt in palm and middle finger at a comfortable level. The mild tingling sensation indicates that the device is working and activating the body’s natural neural pathways.
The Pulse Generator at the “heart” of the device holds proprietary electronic components and software to control, develop and deliver a unique pulse with highly specific waveform characteristics. Only these very precise pulses will produce the desired clinical effect.
The ReliefBand is unlike anything else sold for motion sickness and offers a number of advantages. It is drug free so you won’t have headache, drowsiness, dizziness or other side effects. Instead of having to take something several hours ahead of time, the device can be used at any time, even after nausea symptoms start. There are no restrictions on consumption of food, beverages or medications and unlike medicines, pressure bands, and other passive remedies, the wearable lets you control the level and duration of relief.
The device is splash and shock resistant. It includes non-replaceable 3V batteries that operate for 130 hours at stimulation level three, conductive gel, nylon strap and carry case.
This is simply one of the best ways to fight nausea. The watch-like wearable does what it was designed to do, as indicated by numerous positive reviews on Amazon – at the time of writing this article, it has a rating of 4.4 out of 5.
Reliefband for Motion & Morning Sickness
As one reviewer puts it.
A bunch of my sailing buddies laughed at it, but it quickly became the most passed off item between people working in the galley during my last long distance race.