If you have read my other posts, you would know that I have suffered from chronic nausea for the past five years. Although I have had it under better control lately, I still experience it once in a while.
There are already effective things that I keep around for when the nausea hits, but I have no qualms about trying new ones!
My husband recently bought me a Reliefband which is used to quell nausea. For this post I will be providing some information on it and giving my review.
What the product is and does
The Reliefband is for relieving nausea. It is like a motion sickness band in that you wear it on your wrist. What makes it different is that it is digital and provides electrical stimulation to the area instead of just pressure.
The types of nausea it says it treats are pregnancy sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy, and post-operative sickness. It is said to be effective on its own but can be even better as an adjunct to other antiemetics.
There are five different nausea relief intensity levels to choose from. The company makes sure to state that the Reliefband may not work for some people even if it is at the highest setting.
The Reliefband comes with instructions and a small tube of conductivity gel. There are batteries pre-installed in the band, so it is ready to be tried out right when you get it. The batteries are said to last for up to 150 hours depending on the intensity levels you choose.
How to wear it
Just like motion sickness bands, the Reliefband is to be worn two finger-widths down the wrist. You are to put a small amount of the conductivity gel on this area and rub it in a circle, gently.
The band is to be placed on the gelled area with a tight fit. You then press the power button. To switch the intensity, you keep pressing the power button until you get the level you want it at. If you want to turn it off, you press the button and hold it.
Once it is on, you will feel an electrical pulsing up through your wrist. To know if you have it in the necessary spot, you are to close your hand. If you feel a tingling sensation in your palm and fingers, it is in the correct place. It must hit the median nerve for it to work at all.
If you plan on wearing the Reliefband throughout the day, you are to reapply the conductivity gel periodically so that it keeps working effectively. You can switch wrists if you need to as it should be on whichever one you feel the most tingling in.
It is splash-resistant, but you should still not immerse it in water. This means that you need to take it off if you are going to take a bath, shower or go swimming.
Wearing the Reliefband may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions if one has a latex allergy.
My review of the Reliefband
I was excited to try out this product and chose to use it during my fertile window when my stomach feels awful.
I loved that there is just one button that you need to press. When I want nausea relief, I do not want to have to fiddle around with something complicated.
I really appreciated the large sheet of information and instructions that it comes with. It explains everything very well. I am glad I did not throw it away which I sometimes do for things like that.
Getting it on the correct spot on my wrist was pretty easy. I also found it comfortable to wear.
The feeling of the electrical pulse was strange in my opinion and it took a little bit to get used it. It feels similar to when your limbs fall asleep. Not painful, just weird.
I turned it up to the highest intensity level due to my nausea usually being tough to break through. This increased the pins and needles feeling but it still was not painful.
In terms of nausea relief for that particular day, I can’t say I noticed a difference unfortunately. I used it by itself for a while and then I ended up having to take my other nausea relief things with it.
Even though I reapplied the conductivity gel periodically, I still ended up with an itchy rash and swelling. I am not allergic to latex so I am thinking the electrodes must have nickel in it (I have a nickel allergy). Or maybe I am just plain sensitive to it.
Another thing I do not like about it is the cost. While it was nice of my husband to buy it for me, it is expensive and he really shouldn’t have. Way overpriced.
It may have not worked for me, but it might work for you
The Reliefband did not work for me unfortunately and the rash was uncomfortable to say the least. I am not opposed to try it out again if I am truly desperate for some relief though (that probably sounds crazy of me!).
There are many people who have been happy with it so do not let my review deter you from getting it if you are really interested.
Let me know what works for you for nausea!
Reliefband site: https://www.reliefband.com/pages/relief-band-special-5?discount=SPRING25&google=TRUE&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6PD3BRDPARIsAN8pHuF90LGGjQzayuMu5oJ6oEmrZtsrdhWMHUL-2FX9lyuV5SsKpFkLjwEaAv_zEALw_wcB
Buy it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Reliefband-1-5-Motion-Morning-Sickness/dp/B00PG4NUOS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8
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