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Avoiding Motion Sickness

Avoiding motion sickness WaterlooMotion sickness can happen to anyone, and if you’ve experienced it you know it has the potential to really put a damper on your day! Any time there is motion that the traveller’s balance system is not used to – perhaps a rolling boat at sea, a car or bus ride on a twisting road, turbulent flying conditions, etc. – there’s the potential for motion sickness to rear it’s ugly head.

Symptoms vary but may include dizziness, headache, nausea, sweating and even vomiting.

Tips To Avoid Motion Sickness:

  • Take a seat in vehicles where the road ahead can be clearly seen. Driving may be better than being the passenger.
  • On the water stay above deck or have an unobstructed view of the horizon. If below deck, try closing your eyes.
  • Avoid unnecessary repetitive head movement such as turning left to right to view sights.
  • Avoid reading, writing, texting, or laptop work that require subtle eye movements while in motion.
  • Stay away from alcohol, smoking, large meals and stuffy air.
  • Try listening to music through headphones.


  • Try ginger orally or use distracting scents like lavender or peppermint.
  • Wrist bands applied to the P6 acupuncture point on the inside of the wrist may help as well.

Antihistamines such as Dramamine or skin patches should be last resort and are most effective when taken or applied well before travel. If you are driving, avoid medications. Have a chiropractic check-up before you travel to ensure your nervous system is functioning optimally to decrease the chances of illness.

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  1. SB DC says
    Feb 29, 2024 at 11:57 PM

    Thank you! This is really helpful!

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