Motion Sickness

ome people experience nausea and sometimes vomiting while riding in an automobile, airplane or even an amusement park ride. This is called motion sickness, and is the same disorder as seasickness, which is caused by riding in a boat or ship.

Motion sickness relates to the sense of balance and equilibrium. Motion sickness occurs when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from other systems of the body. For example, if you are in a plane that is being tossed about by turbulence, your eyes aren’t able to sense this motion because they see only the inside of the plane. Your brain thus receives conflicting messages, leading to motion sickness.

In order to reduce chances of getting motion sickness, sit where your eyes can see the same motion that your inner ears and body sense. Also, to reduce the chances further: do not read while in motion, do not sit in a backwards facing seat, avoid strong odors and spicy or greasy foods. Also, take one of the various motion sickness medications prescribed to you by a physician before you partake on your travel.

Nearly all cases of motion sickness are mild and self-treatable with medication recommended by your local pharmacist. Severe cases, as well as those progressively worsening should be brought to the attention of the physician.