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Reliefband Flex Attaches to Your Apple Watch to Quell Motion Sickness

The $180 Relief Band Flex is an anti-nausea accessory that attaches to your Apple Watch, allowing you to wear a device on your wrist that can reduce or eliminate motion sickness, migraines, pregnancy sickness, and more.

You may be wondering what an anti-nausea device has to do with Apple, but many VR headsets cause motion sickness in people who are prone to motion sickness, and Apple's VR headset is expected to debut in the near future come to the market. Future. The Apple Vision Pro won't launch until 2024, so it's not yet clear whether it will cause the same motion sickness as other headsets in at-risk people, but if so, Reliefband could be the solution for some.

I'm prone to motion sickness, so I thought I'd give Reliefband a try. I get sick from driving, driving in 3D (and sometimes movies), VR headsets, boats, and first-person shooter video games, basically anything that causes my brain to receive signals that I'm moving while my Body is still. I have always had this problem and therefore know several treatment options.

Reliefband uses electrical impulses directed to the underside of the wrist. It targets the median nerve in the wrist and pulses stimulate the nerve to prevent nausea signals from reaching the brain. There are several similar products on the market and research has been conducted that suggests this type of habituation is effective against nausea. However, there has also been research that suggests this is not the case. So, keep that in mind.

The Reliefband Flex I tested looks like a medical device. It's not elegant at all and actually looks bulky on my small wrist. It is made of plastic and has a button and heart rate displays on the front and two metal plates on the back. It features watch straps and can be worn alone with a nylon strap, but can also be attached to your Apple Watch.

The Relief Band is a special strap that attaches to both the Apple Watch and the Relief Band, allowing the Apple Watch to be worn on the top of the wrist and the Relief Band on the bottom of the wrist. With this configuration, you don't have to wear the device on both wrists if you want to take advantage of the relief band.

I have small wrists, so there isn't much room between the Apple Watch and the Relief Band and it's not the most comfortable arrangement, but it might be better than having two separate devices. The band offered by Reliefband is quite comfortable and reminds me of Apple's fabric bands, but with a dual band setup it's definitely too much for a small wrist. The band is made of soft Velcro-like material and closes with Velcro for adjustment. The Flex version uses replaceable

batteries and therefore does not require charging. The batteries should be replaced after about a year, although this depends on usage.

In order for the decompression belt to function properly, it must be positioned precisely. It should extend about half an inch above the wrist crease and be centered on your wrist. After turning it on and placing it in the right place, the pulses can be felt on the hand and middle finger. To use relief tape you need a conductive gel and a small tube is included with the device. The gel should be applied before use and also refreshed when it wears off, as this will make the pulsations less unpleasant and more effective.

Reliefband Flex has five strength levels. The idea is to set it to the lowest level needed to treat nausea. For me it's a bit of a bit of a shock. Stages 1 through 3 didn't feel too painful, but stages four and five caught my attention. At lower values the heart rate can fade into the background, and I think for people with larger wrists this will also be the case at higher values.

So, does it work? For me yes and no. I experimented with the relief band several times, in the car while feeling sick from a migraine, while playing a first-person video game, and while using the Oculus, which always made me sick. If I wear the relief band before I expect to get motion sickness, it will stop. Even using it when I was already feeling sick didn't help.

I think this was partly because I didn't like setting the power above level three and needed more power to distract me from the nausea. I met with the Reliefband team and they told me that people often need adjustments and help with optimal settings. They advised me to use additional conductive gel to create a larger barrier between the bracelet and my skin, which helped and also made me realize that I could increase the voltage to 4 or 5 briefly and then lower it. Their customer support team is used to helping people solve problems.

If you look at Reliefband you will see a lot of comments about how it works, but also a lot of comments about whether it is snake oil or a placebo. In my experience, it wasn't perfect, but it helped me with motion sickness on multiple occasions and I plan to try it again if I get sick while using Apple's upcoming Vision Pro headset.

If I find myself in a situation where I know I will suffer from severe motion sickness for days, I will be prescribed a scopolamine patch. Every day I used acupressure bands with plastic tips that penetrated my wrist, I took high doses of ginger pills (my favorite anti-nausea drug), I took Benadryl, dramamine, and more, so I'm used to feeling all sorts of unusual things. I don't like dramamine and Benadryl, so it's nice to have a more functional alternative when ginger pills aren't available or don't work.

* Last Word :
I don't know if Reliefband Flex is for everyone, but if you suffer from severe motion sickness like me, you're probably willing to give it a try.

The $180 price tag for the Relief Band seems high given its all-plastic construction and bulky appearance, but it's certainly pricey enough to deter some buyers. There is a 14-day return period, so you can test it on shipping costs only. You can also purchase it from Amazon to simplify the return process.

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