Sunday, September 6, 2015

Are you ready to forget about motion sickness?

Motion sickness can happen from any kind of movement, even movement that you are anticipating. People tend to get motion sickness on a moving:
* Boat
* Train
* Airplane
* Car
* Amusement park rides

It usually stops as soon as the motion stops.


Motion sickness happens when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. This most often happens when you are in a car, boat, or airplane, but it may also happen on flight simulators or amusement park rides. From inside a ship's cabin, your inner ear may sense rolling motions that your eyes cannot see. On the other hand, your eyes may see movement on a "virtual reality" ride that your body does not feel. Even viewing a 3D movie may cause symptoms of motion sickness.

Once a person gets used to the movement and the motion stops, symptoms may come back (although usually only briefly). Sometimes just thinking about movement can cause anxiety and symptoms of motion sickness. For example, a person who had motion sickness before might get nauseous on an airplane before take off.


Researchers believe that they could develop a new treatment for seasickness in the next few years, thanks to a breakthrough in the area of concern.

A group of researchers from Imperial College London (ICL) found in a new study that after shooting a mild electrical current to the scalp, people suffering from overstimulation of their responses like motion sickness will lessen their inadaptive capacities. With that said, feelings of nausea or even vomiting during a boat or a roller coaster ride will considerably be lessened when an adequate amount of electrical current is given beforehand.

It helps the brain in reducing the impact of the confusing inputs that it receives. Thus is becomes able to prevent the problem that originates motion sickness’ symptoms. According to researchers, people who suffer seasick in a ship will be able to get an effective cure within five to ten years.

The lead researcher, Dr. Qadeer Arshad said that after a series of tests, their team concluded that using such technique is safe for use. Eventually, when all the paperwork is done, the electrical devices will then be available in drugstores.  The proponents of the study also added that the device would be very similar to that of a tens machine used to alleviate back pain. They are also thinking of integrating the technology in mobile phones by putting it into headphone jacks wherein the jacks will deliver small amounts of electricity into the surface of the skin.

Before coming up with the conclusion, they experimented on the effects of the electrical signals by attaching electrodes on the scalp of their respondents for about ten minutes. After such, the participants of the study were asked to ride on a motorized rotating chair, which could induce motion sickness. After collating data, the scientists concluded that those who received the electrical signals were less likely to report feelings of nausea.

The researchers think that this breakthrough technique will be the ultimate solution to motion sickness because the tablets available to treat such can cause severe drowsiness. The goal of the study is to give people quality experiences even in motion-packed activities.

Findings of the study appeared in the most recent edition of the prestigious journal Neurology.

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