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How Chiropractic Care May Relieve Motion Sickness


As the warm weather approaches and people across the nation are gearing up for what will be an exciting season of travel, there are some who are pensive in this chapter of the year. Trains, airplanes, automobiles, and various other types of transportation have the ability to induce motion sickness and for many, this is a chronic issue. Symptoms of chronic motion sickness include overwhelming dizziness, nausea, sweating, and in severe cases, vomiting. Overall, it is not a pleasant experience.

When one enjoys travel it can be extremely harmful to his or her mental health to forgo travel and stay home simply because of their chronic motion sickness. Those who experience chronic motion sickness might have a new alternative in treatment rather than just avoiding travel altogether, and it has most likely been overlooked in the search for a potential cure thus far. It just so happens that chiropractic care can potentially play a definitive role in improving the motion sickness that so many individuals experience on a regular basis.

One of the key inhibitors in our body’s ability to regulate its positioning with respect to the environment is the misalignment of the spine. The vestibular system, which is the body system that is responsible for maintaining balance and positioning in a constantly changing environment, is composed of three main body parts: the inner ear, the eyes, and most importantly, the spine. The brain relies on these three body parts to communicate signals regarding the body’s positioning and if something is even slightly thrown off, the results could be quite detrimental.

Focusing on the spine, a misalignment in the vertebrae can change the course of the signals being sent to the brain and thus significantly changing the brain’s perspective on the body’s actual positioning. When these signals are communicating incorrect information, the body does not know how to react and it often enters a state of internal chaos, commonly in the form of motion sickness.

Spinal adjustment and other forms of chiropractic care can give the spine the proper structure for it to properly communicate signals to the brain regarding the body’s orientation with respect to its environment. Many who suffer from chronic motion sickness might not even know that there are problems with the structural integrity of their spine and feel lost when it comes to their motion sickenss. Seeking the assistance of a chiropractic professional may help many individuals reconnect with their love for travel without worrying about getting sick. 

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