Pilots and passengers alike have relied on the Reliefband line of products for decades to help deal with the uncomfortable side effects of motion sickness in flight. This clever wristband works by releasing a specific pattern of pulses, like beats on a drum, that stimulate a nerve under the skin called the median nerve. These pulses create a signal, which pulses through the body’s nervous system to the part of the brain that controls nausea, retching, and vomiting.
A new version called the Reliefband Sport extends the utility over the classic Reliefband by adding several key features. The most notable addition for tech-savvy pilots is that it can be worn on the same wrist as an Apple Watch, thanks to a clever new wristband accessory kit. This works by positioning the Reliefband Sport on the underside of your wrist, where the key nerve receptors are located, and keeps your Apple Watch on the topside of your wrist, eliminating the need to wear two wrist accessories on separate arms.
It’s important to note that the Apple Watch wristband accessory is solely intended for a convenient position option and that there is no Apple Watch app or iOS functionality. The new Reliefband Sport does however add some improvements over the original Reliefband Classic:
- integrated rechargeable battery with 30 hours of life
- IPX7 waterproof rating (submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
- 6 relief settings
We’ve used Reliefband products for years now and they’ve worked really well, especially with passengers prone to air sickness. We recently put it to a more extreme test while doing some upset recovery and aerobatic training in an Extra 300 at Patty Wagstaff’s flight school in Florida, and at the highest setting, it kept us comfortable in situations that typically would have induced nausea.