Whether you have experienced motion sickness or you have at least one family member who needs lots of pills or mint candies every time he needs to travel somewhere, you probably know that any trip or long journey is a real challenge for those who suffer from this health problem.
Motion sickness affects at least 25% of the population worldwide, children under the age of 12 being most sensitive.
Symptoms of motion sickness
Motion sickness, sometimes referred to as sea sickness or car sickness, is a very common disturbance. Symptoms of motion sickness are:
– pale skin
– excessive salivation
– a sense of feeling unwell
In addition to sea travel, motion sickness can develop from the movement of a car or from turbulence in an airplane.
Anyone can develop motion sickness, but people vary in their sensitivity to motion. However, there are some people most commonly affected by motion sickness:
- Children from 2 to 12 years old.
- Women, especially those who are pregnant, on menstruation or receiving hormonal treatments. Men are much less affected.
- People who are prone to migraines.
- Individuals under a certain treatment: although not necessarily triggering motion sickens, some drugs tend to increase nausea associated with kinetosis.
Causes of motion sickness
Motion sickness, sometimes referred to as sea sickness or car sickness, is a very common disturbance of the inner ear that is caused by repeated motion. The symptoms of motion sickness arise from the inner ear (labyrinth) due to changes in a person’s sense of balance and equilibrium.
One may feel sick from the motion of cars, airplanes, trains, amusement park rides, or boats or ships, but also from video games, flight simulators, or looking through a microscope. In these cases, the eyes see motion, but the body doesn’t sense it.
One gets motion sickness when one part of the balance-sensing system (the inner ear , eyes, and sensory nerves) senses that the body is moving, but the other parts don’t. For example, if you are in the cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of waves, but your eyes don’t see any movement. This conflict between the senses causes motion sickness.
Concomitantly, there are two other recurring things that further increase the chances of experiencing motion sickness:
– Anxiety (people who have already experienced motion sickness in the past may have their general condition worsen simply because they are stressed and expect to have motion sickness again)
– Long exposure (long exposure is also very important. However, for longer journeys, such as on sea, the brain and the body can adapt to the continuous movement, and nausea is no longer triggered.)
If motion sickness continues after the trip has ended, a general medical examination is mandatory. This is the only way to exclude other causes of kinetosis, such as a viral infection of the inner ear.
If not treated, symptoms may evolve to repeated vomiting, dehydration, and blood pressure fall. All of these may have serious consequences, which is why people with severe kinetosis should not hesitate to attend a doctor.
How to treat/prevent motion sickness
Generally, medication for motion sickness ranges from different drugs to controversial “remedies” that, unfortunately, treat only the symptoms of motion sickness, not the cause.
Moreover, many drugs have side effects, which are extremely undesirable, especially in babies, young children or pregnant women.
Therefore, starting from the desire to treat the cause and not just the symptoms, a software was created. It comprises some exercises intended to balance the visual perception and movement sensors from the inner ear. The exercises allow the brain to synchronize the information received from the eye and the inner ear, which results in disappearing of motion sickness.
Consequently, after a few game therapy sessions, you will notice that the symptoms of motion sickness will diminish and then disappear completely, as the cause of it will be treated.
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