Q: "Recently, I began having attacks of vertigo. Some are mild, some are not. Along with that, I feel nausea, almost like mild morning sickness. Can the ReliefBand help?" Thanks. Fran
Answer: Nausea is nausea no matter what the cause. My employees and I have successfully used Reliefbands for nausea from flu, from migraines and also from vertigo. Recently, I've had to deal with those symptoms myself. According to internet sites, the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) usually last only a few seconds to a few minutes and are intermittent (i.e., come and go). Rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, swinging on a swing, etc. can also cause symptoms of light headedness and imbalance as well as nausea. Unfortunately, BPPV is more common as we grow older. according to the American Academy of Neurology, the most effective treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) caused by ear crystals in the posterior semicircular canal, are treatments where the patient moves head and body in certain positions. The idea is to move the calcium crystals into another inner ear canal where the body can absorb them. In the meantime, your physical therapist or physician might direct you to a non-prescription OTC like Bonine or a prescription medication.
The advantage of the Reliefband is that nausea generally subsides or diminishes in a few minutes to 20 minutes. The Relief Band works for almost every one. NOTE: Warranties: Limited to replacement of mechanically defective units within the warranty period of 30 days after purchase. ReliefBands® are not guaranteed to be effective in every case for nausea relief. Effectiveness varies with each user's characteristics. Once shipped, ReliefBands® are NOT returnable for refund: this is due to both mechanical and hygienic reason. If the unit is deemed defective by the manufacturer, the unit will be replaced.
The Reliefband EL has about 120 hours of useful time. Then change two CR2025 batteries! The electrodes look like two half clam shells. Just turn it on and off as needed. Note: hours of useful time are based upon use at levels 2 and 3. To use, apply a small circle of conductive gel on the underside of your left or right wrist. Place the Reliefband electrodes on that spot. Tighten the adjustable band (does contain latex) until snug. Turn the unit on by pressing the button in the middle. Most people set it at level 2 or 3. If you are very nauseous, begin with level 4 or level 5. When you feel relief, push the center button until you get to 2 or 3. Turn unit off when not needed: saves the battery.
FDA-cleared, the wrist-worn relief device is effective for almost everyone. For most people the EL is an insurance policy of sorts: much less expensive than a fine meal with wine or one day of cruising. The EL has replaceable batteries. For about one dollar per hour of therapy, you get relief without the side effects of medications. And there are no dietary or drinking restrictions.
The motion sickness ReliefBand® is an over-the-counter nerve stimulation device that emits gentle electrical pulses you barely notice after a few minutes. It is not painful: Tingling sensations flow from your wrist and into your fingers depending upon how you hold your hand. The mild electrical impulses gently stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist, working with the body's natural neural system to prevent and control motion sickness. Resembles a watch with 5 different stimulation strengths. Worn on the underside of the wrist on either hand, the Relief Band is more effective than passive pressure bands for nausea.
For long term use, we recommend buying the Reliefband Bundle which includes one tube of extra gel and two extra batteries.This patented electronic medical device's effectiveness is supported by clinically proven studies. Pressure bands with knobs on the bottom apply passive pressure to an area for which the body soon accommodates for the pressure and ignores the stimulation. The variable pulsing electronic stimulation of the ReliefBand® means the body is not allowed to accommodate. Also the mild buzzing sensation in the palm and middle fingers lets you know the correct nerve is being stimulated.
Other ReliefBand® Information:
- Motion Sickness medical device works without taking nausea medicine.
- Help alleviate nausea from high altitude sickness, travel in cars, trains, planes or boats.
- Treating nausea without medicine.
- Construction: Solid-state reliability. Shock-resistant. Water resistant to splashing water (waves and rain).
- Tear-dropped shaped: 1.5 inches by 2 inches by .5 inches.
- Sealed membrane touch pad control: On/Off, five power settings (1,2,3,4,5).
- LED Indicators: Green, flashing LED indicator for power on, Green flashing LED for power level selection. Red, flashing LED for low battery.
- Two D-shaped electrodes. Each electrode is about 3/4 inch long by 3/8 inch wide.
- Operating specifications: 50°F to 113°F, Relative Humidity Range of 20% to 90% (non-condensing).
- Maximum Output: 35MA
- The ReliefBand® EL is FDA-cleared: effective for most people. Not guaranteed to work for every one.
- The EL comes with pre-installed, replaceable batteries.
- Note: Due to mechanical and hygienic reasons, units are returnable only if mechanically defective as deemed by Reliefband with 30 days after purchase.
- Made in Malaysia
We also sell conductive gel which is needed for the Relief Band to function at its best. Many people buy a spare tube just in case the primary one is lost. Remember the Reliefband if you get sea sick, car sick or air sick, too. It is FDA cleared for children 12 and above. There is neither indication or contraindication from the FDA as to use of the ReliefBand® by children.
Reliefband EL units are now in stock. Thank you for your question. Good luck.