Chiropractic Care and Motion Sickness


Would you like to go deep sea fishing and actually deal with catching fish than deal with nausea? Would it be a thrill to forget about the air-sickness bag during airplane flights? Fight off still motion sickness with these common – but usually neglected – travel tips:


  1. Avoid reading. Reading a book may make those miles roll by faster, but if you’re prone to motion sickness, find a different way to pass the time.


  1. Cradle your head. When your head moves around, movements of the middle ear may cause motion sickness. Help keep your head and body still by pushing your head firmly against the headrest. For more comfort, use a pillow that conforms to your head and keeps it stable and motionless.


  1. Clear the air. Smoke and other strong or disagreeable odors can make your queasiness worse, so ask your traveling partners to hold off on smoking or using strong colognes. Also, get fresh air. If possible, roll down a window.


  1. Take a breath. Research finds that taking slow, deep breaths can help combat the symptoms of motion sickness.


  1. Eat light. Do not travel on an empty stomach. Eat a light meal about three hours before setting off, but avoid dairy products and foods high in protein, salt, or calories.


  1. Shrink from alcoholic drinks. Alcohol directly affects your sense of balance and can make motion sickness much worse. Delay drinking until you get where you are going.


  1. Remember ginger. Studies find that ginger can tone down your nausea and help prevent vomiting, although you may still have headache and dizziness. In one study a 940-milligram capsule of ginger was more effective than an over-the-counter medicine for motion sickness. Skip supermarket ginger ale. It usually does not contain enough ginger to help.


  1. Rest before you roam. Get lots of rest before any trip that may cause motion sickness.


  1. Do not rock the boat. If you are on a boat, the closer to the center you can stay, the better. You will experience less movement there than near the edges of the boat. This is also true on airplanes.


  1. Learn this lemon law. Lemons may make you pucker up, but they’re also an astonishing remedy for motion sickness. If you feel queasy while riding in a car or boat, try sucking on a lemon wedge. It should help relieve the nausea.


  1. Press to ease distress. Acupressure can actually relieve your queasiness. To do it on your own, hold your hand with the palm facing up. On your forearm, measure three finger widths from your wrist; this spot is usually between your two tendons, where your middle finger is lined up. Then, apply steady and significant pressure at this point to begin easing your motion sickness. You can also buy wrist bands that do the pressing for you.


Chiropractic Care for Motion Sickness


Because motion sickness is a type of headache that is usually caused by stress or anxiety during travels, engaging in chiropractic care could be an effective option in easing the pain. Studies have shown that patients of motion sickness who have undergone chiropractic manipulations on the spinal and cranial areas were able to overcome their conditions and successfully travel in different types of transportation without experiencing symptoms related to motion sickness.