Power Balance Bracelets
The power balance bracelet has spurred a great deal of controversy over the years. Some wearers firmly believe in the power of the holographic technology, while others say the bands are ineffective. From their inception in 2006, balance bracelets have been the subject of many research projects, and a source of debate and contention among supporters and opponents.
Balance bracelets contain a hologram, which is actually a 3-dimensional image crafted with Eastern philosophies in mind. It’s said to have the ability to increase athleticism, balance and agility in some wearers, although manufacturers say the bands don’t work for everyone.
Eastern philosophies say the body contains a variety of opposing energies that are responsible for a person’s health and well-being. Acupuncture, feng shui, and similar practices operate under this concept. When the energies are out of balance, a person’s health can suffer and depression, fatigue or illness may result.
Celebrity endorsements and a growing number of athletes have brought balance bracelets into the spotlight. And that might have convinced some people to give them a whirl. But many people who evaluated them with intrigue have become steadfast believers in the bracelet.
Still others say that any results the wearers have seen are merely the product of a placebo effect. The mind is a powerful tool, so those who believe in the bracelet’s ability might indeed have a positive experience based solely on that belief.
What Does Research Say?
The holographic bracelets have been extensively studied. Well-known athletes claim the bracelets give them an edge, but there’s no science behind the testimonials. Various researchers have tested the products.
There’s no shortage of studies that measure the performance of the balance bands. But while one study shows measurable improvement among test subjects, another shows no improvement at all. Among the most recent studies was a double-blind test performed on an obstacle course by sixteen volunteers, including former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.
The volunteers wore silicone bracelets that were covered with tape so that neither they nor their testers knew who was wearing the real thing. The balance bracelets had no discernable effect when the wearer did not know whether he or she was wearing one with a hologram. “The bracelet itself did not seem to be doing anything,” said the report, which appears in The Skeptical Inquirer.
Positive results were only attributed to the wearer’s own belief in the power of the bands, or what’s called the placebo effect.
Most people know that confidence is a crucial factor in a person’s success or failure. Whether the holographic bracelets work by balancing energies or boosting energies matters little to those who wear them.
If you’re looking for a product to believe in and aren’t ready to invest in a balance bracelet, look no further than a quality custom band from Direct Wristbands! With your power phrase or logo, they’re sure to inspire you to greatness – no hologram needed!