It’s been an issue as long as I can remember. The sick feeling in the pit of my stomach and in my head from the motion of cars, boats, and amusement rides. I learned very early that there were going to be things in life that I would not be able to fully enjoy due to the struggle with motion sickness. I know I’ve missed out on some fun opportunities, but honestly, I’d rather miss out than deal with being sick.
Of course, I’ve tried the rounds of everything available on the market. Some ease they symptoms for a short time for me, others don’t. It’s always a chance I take though because I never know how severe the motion sickness will be until I’m in it.
Virtual rides at Disney. Uh, NO. Count me out. I went on one and stumbled out of there like a drunk because the ride made me so ill. The kids thought I was just being a wimp and saying “MOM, let’s go again, that was awesome!” Me: “You go on ahead, I’ll wait right here for you” I’m sure the ride was fun….for others. Sigh.
I won’t even recount the time I took a whale watching cruise off of Cape Cod. That is probably my worst memory ever. Let’s just say I became very familiar with what the back of that boat looked like. ((shudder))
Luckily, the most recent addition of motion sickness relief to come on the market is the Relief Band and promises to be very effective in helping ease motion sickness.
“When activated, the device emits gentle pulses to the underside of the wrist. These intermittent signals create a mild “tingling” sensation in the palm and middle fingers, indicating the device is working and activating the body’s natural neural pathways via the median nerve.”
It is clinically proven and the FDA cleared it as a wearable technology for treatment. Well, let’s give this a try!
MY RELIEF BAND EXPERIENCE
I decided to give the Reliefband a try while sitting in the back seat of a car. This is almost always an issue for me, but there wasn’t a better way to test the band out. Before I secure the band to my wrist I apply a very generous amount of gel to my wrist two finger widths down from my wrist crease and between the tendons. If you do not apply enough gel you may get a very uncomfortable tingling sensation in your hand. If that happens, remove the band and add more gel.
Once I have the band in place its go time. I have to say, I’m a little nervous, but I climb into the back seat of our van to give it a try. Surprisingly, it’s all good. I’m about an hour into a two and a half hour drive and I’m not feeling any ill effects. I decide to take it one step further and attempt to read while sitting in the back. I know, I know, this is a big leap of faith, but the only way to see if it really works is to just give it a try.
Taking a deep breath I open up my Facebook app on my phone and start to read. Miles go by and I’m doing ok. Hey, I could get used to this. Reading while riding in the back seat is almost always a recipe for disaster, but the Reliefband seems to be working magic and I complete the journey without feeling ill or having to ask Alan to pull the van over.
I’ll be trying the band on my next flight and if it works there I may even attempt a boat ride (GASP!).
If you suffer from motion sickness give the Reliefband a try. So far, it’s worked well for me.
Purchase your Reliefband here.