Review: Stress Relief with Apollo Neuro
Okay, it’s no exaggeration to say that many of us are suffering from stress lately. Actually, that’s likely one heck of an understatement as 2020 gave us all enough stress for a lifetime and 2021 sometimes feels like it’s the sequel. And of course, that’s not including the “regular” stress of life like bills, family, work, etc.
To try to offset stress, many turn to various hobbies such as working out, motorcycle riding, and video games while others use alcohol, marijuana, CBD, and other substances. However, for myself at least, those options help a little with taking the edge off but don’t quite offset stress and its effects.
This year has been a rocky one for me. Between medical issues and surgeries, a marriage separation, an unruly granddaughter I help raise, my business being sent on a roller coaster ride thanks to the pandemic and economy, a monstrously difficult move to a new home, a medical diagnoses that should have been exposed decades ago, and countless other “little things,” sometimes it feels like ALL I have is stress.
So, when I was offered a chance to check out an Apollo Neuro, I figured I had nothing to lose… especially since it appeared that those nice folks watched our Geek Speak show and determined I was stressed just from the looks of me…. I’m kidding of course but I did immediately accept their offer.
What is the Apollo Neuro?
Point blank… Apollo works with your nervous system to help you bounce back from stress faster. Now, I HAVE to note here that it is NOT a quick fix for stress. It’s not a magic bullet that will make you feel better overnight. Just like bodybuilding and getting in shape via the gym, this is an investment over time.
It resembles a smartwatch or other wearable tech and was developed by physicians and neuroscientists and in order for it to help your body recover from stress, it uses gentle vibrations.
Now, I actually have two neurostimulator implants for pain and since the lumbar one covers my legs and the cervical covers my arms, both with vibrations/tingling to help mask the pain, I wasn’t sure how the Neuro was going to help. But of course, I was willing to give it a try…
The Apollo is new tech and I’m all about that. Especially since it has been clinically proven to do what they say.
Anyway, you can wear it on your wrist or ankle and I chose the ankle. At first, I had problems with it falling off during the night but after adjusting the size, it was just fine. I was the problem and not the device. Admittedly it took a little bit to get used to wearing the Apollo and it did kind of made me feel like I was under house arrest and wearing an ankle monitor (LOL), but that was just a passing feeling.
Now, unlike so many other devices out there, Apollo does not track your biometrics – it works to improve them. It hasn’t just been tested and proven in lab situations either. Real-world trials have also repeatedly shown that Apollo improves the body’s resilience to stress and improves heart rate variability (HRV).
Co-inventor of Apollo, Dr. Dave Rabin, said that the Apollo Neuro is “based on the sense of touch – how touch makes us feel safe and how touch has always been the single, most important way for us to convey to each other that we are safe.”
I can definitely say that the vibrations are not annoying and after about 45 days of use, I can honestly say that I do “feel” better. As in, there is still stress of course but it doesn’t seem to affect my body as much anymore.
I’m all about using technology to improve my quality of life (as if you couldn’t tell when I revealed that I’m somewhat of a cyborg with my implants, wires, and generators) and with the Apollo Neuro having been both clinically and field-tested, and the fact that I genuinely feel better, I definitely recommend this device.