Does the Bionic Band Really Work?

Last week I attended the Arizona State Fair. Aside from the usual games ferris wheels and prizes, there were many different booths set up of people trying to sell you whatever crazy new products they have come up with to enrich your life. “Sleep on a better Mattress!” “Whiten your teeth!” or “Bring Balance to your life with a wristband!” The last one sounds the strangest, but I’ve looked at this product before. It’s called the Bionic Band, a product that is supposed to provide a specific frequency that aligns the protons in your body. These protons are out of alignment due to frequencies such as TVs, cell phones and computers. According to the CEO: “That really kind of puts our body out of alignment, you get aches and pains, there’s all sorts of things that happen when your body is out of alignment. When you put the band on it basically puts the frequency of the earth back into your body, that’s all it’s doing. So it’s kind of like walking on the beach all the time as long as you have a band on.”

Well I’m a guy who doesn’t like to spend a lot of money, a guy who has had aches and pains in my joints, and I also am a guy who sits in front of a computer all day for my job. Apparently the bombardment of frequencies from my computer screen are throwing my body out of whack, causing me to be sleepy and achy. So, on a whim I decided to purchase the Bionic Band from the kiosk, and give it a shot.

Before I decided whether to buy it or not, the salesman put on a demonstration showing how I was “out of balance.” He had me stand on one leg with both arms outstretched while he pushed down on my right arm. Naturally, I tipped over and had to catch myself. He then slapped on the Bionic Band on my wrist and did the test again, and I didn’t tip. Who knows what caused that, but it was interesting enough to make me want to give it a shot. I had seen plenty of athletes wearing it, and I figure they wouldn’t wear it unless it actually did something.

I ended up getting the STATTV band (at a reduced price of $25, endorsed by Amar’e Stoudemire no less!) which is supposed to “help take your game to the next level,” whatever that means. After putting it on, I felt a tingling in my extremities and a small uneasiness in my stomach. The band seemed to be doing something, and the salesman even said that I should be feeling some tingling in my fingers and that it would really take about 5 days until I felt all of the results. He then saw Courtney and gave her one as well as a “buy one get one free” type of deal. That kind of raised questions in my mind, as if they can really just give it away like that, is it really worth it?

Well, it’s been five days since I bought the band and have worn it non stop. I have slept like a baby every night and I have felt a lot of tension that I’ve had in my lower back loosened. Is this cause of the Bionic Band? I can’t say. My fiance Courtney has told me that she has been wearing the band she got (the free one) and has slept like a baby every single night since she put it on.

The naysayers of the band say that it’s all a placebo, and that there are no real scientific facts to back up the claimed benefits. They say that once you know the band is on that your mind believes that you’re more “balanced” and that your muscles will respond in turn. It’s a similar procedure to giving some people in a test group a medicine and others received nothing but a sugar pill, and then the sugar pill group reporting an effect. They say that this product is essentially a snake oil, and parts money from the fools.

Does the Bionic Band work? I really don’t know. It looks kinda cool, and so far I’ve felt less tired than I used to…so there’s that. Any purchase of the band comes with a 90 day warranty if it breaks, and a 30 day money-back guarantee if you don’t like it. So it’s worth a shot if you can afford it.

8 thoughts on “Does the Bionic Band Really Work?

  1. A lot of people might disagree, but if it truly is doing nothing, and it’s just your mind making your body feel an improvement…isn’t that doing something? I might try it out now.

  2. I also don’t know if it works or not, but the balance test he did was bogus – I’ve seen a demonstration why. I’ll look up the video. Basically, when you didn’t have the band on, the guy probably pushed directly downward on your arm, and you can’t help but tip. After you put it on, he likely pushed in a direction toward your standing foot. It’s imperceptible to people who don’t expect it.

    It makes physics sense – when you tipped the first time, the guy caused you to rotate about your foot. When he pushes you in a direction through your foot, the force doesn’t cause a rotation.

    1. I have heard the same thing about the balance test, but I did the same test to courtney after we got home, and I pushed directly down on her arm, So who knows. Shaun might be right that if you think it is doing something, it is. Perception is reality.

  3. Sounds bogus. Try this on a friend: Tell them to hold their arms out and then think really crappy thoughts about themselves. Things like ” I suck.” While they are thinking these things about themselves, push their arms down and tell them to resist. it doesn’t matter whether they have the upper body strength of the Hulk or a T-Rex, their arms will be varying degrees of putty. Next, have them thing gloriously wonderful happy AWESOME thoughts about themselves. Repeat the arm test. It has far more to do with whether you have positive or negative psychology and the power of suggestion. But if $25 is all it takes to have a physical token that suggests good things, then *maybe* its worth it.

  4. The balance test can be misleading. If you really want to see the effects you can try a strength/balance test. This is my personal favorite way of showing the effects and their is no way to alter the result without the person being demo’d feeling it. Stand with one foot in front of the other, with heel touching toe (left in front of right if right handed opposite if left handed.) This stance will put you at your weakest balance. Now from this stance take your dominate hand as stated earlier, and cup it. Have someone put their fist into your the cupped hand and push straight down, not at an angle but directly down. The person getting tested will tilt very easily, but when a band is applied the person will be able to hold your entire weight with one hand. Its a crazy test but it really does show the best results for even the biggest skeptic. I hope this helps.

  5. My husband and I were riding our motorcycles through Custer South Dakota during bike week. There were all kind of venders selling their wares we tried the bionic band and it was amazing it worked immediately we both were tired and achy. It seemed to in-vigor and restore a since of wellness.. my imagination maybe but not both of us that was a year and half ago we still wear them …. I feel good !!!

  6. I got my band 2 weeks ago and can now sit twisted around at my laptop for hours without hurting whereas before it would almost cripple me! I didn’t want to believe it but as they say the proof is in the pudding. I have struggled with back pain the last 6 mos. and it is mostly gone! I took it off last night at bedtime thinking “guess my back was just better and happened to coincide with putting on the band but when I woke up this morning, before I even thought “band” my back was hurting in the same old familiar places so this thing def. works for me! God is good, I believe in prayer and healing and I believe God DOES work in mysterious ways, just like the bible says!

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