What activity modifications are used in the management of motion sickness?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Patients should be instructed to avoid close work, reading, or watching a video screen. Sunglasses can reduce visual input and may be beneficial. If other preventive strategies fail to improve symptoms, closing one’s eyes can reduce symptoms.

Piloting the vessel is another method to synchronize the visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive stimuli. Steering forces the patient to watch the visual horizon, stabilize their head, and receive proprioceptive input from the wheel through their arms. A psychological benefit is likely from taking control of their situation.


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