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Friday, November 28, 2008

Motion Sickness -- Mayo Clinic

What Role Does Exercise Play in Easing Motion Sickness?

Watching the YouTube http://podcasts.mayoclinic.org/2008/11/24/motion-sickness-2/ video from Mayo Clinic regarding motion sickness... I noticed that remedies suggested did not include exercise designed to strengthen the vestibular system, part of the inner ear that connects balance, visual, auditory and proprioception systems. Let's ask some experts what they think about this. Please comment, better yet, share your thoughts with using video too.

What a wonderful way to share information. Check out Mayo Clinic's Podcasts and then let's make our own Podcasts to show our thoughts and practices, emphasizing how movement and exercise can effectively remedy physical conditions.


1 comment:

Jeff Haebig said...

Dear Jeff,
I watched your Mayo Clinic video clip on motion sickness and looked
up the side effects of dramamine, a medication typically prescribed
for motion sickness, that is recommended in the film. The list ofpossible side effects for dramamine are:

drowsiness or dizziness;
restlessness, excitation, nervousness, or insomnia;
blurred or double vision;
dry mouth, nose, or throat;
decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
difficulty urinating; or
an irregular or fast heartbeat.

What is not mentioned on the Mayo Clinic video is that there are other non-invasive, healthy ways for overcoming motion sickness. One of the ways we can help with motion sickness is to integrate the Moro reflex through movement. The Moro reflex is an automatic movement that babies do when they are startled. When we are young, this reflex helps us to develop our "fight or flight" response in survival situations. Because many babies grow up without fully integrating this reflex, and because the reflex is linked to the development of the vestibular (balance) system we can use movement to integrate the
Moro reflex and reduce or eliminate episodes of motion sickness. Integrating the Moro reflex is good for our vestibular system, and also helps us learn more effectively. Best of all, there are no detrimental side effects. For more information on the Moro reflex see www.moveplaythrive.com.

Thanks Jeff!

Sonia Story
Neurodevelopmental Movement Specialist
Learning Therapy