Vol. 3, Issue 5 (2018)
Effectiveness of visual vestibular habituation and controlled breathing for motion sickness
Author(s): Manasi Lad, Dr. Neha Singh Mandade, Dr. Sharda Bhalerao, Amala Babila B, Grishma Panchal
Abstract: Traditional pharmacological treatment for Motion sickness offers limited improvement and side effects for many travelers. Habituation therapy and breathing exercises are non-pharmacological method and an alternative to drug therapies for motion sickness. 30 young participants of Pravara Rural Hospital, Loni susceptible to motion sickness were evaluated. Visual Vestibular Habituation Exercises and Controlled Breathing techniques were given to the participants for 5 days per week for 2 weeks for 45 minutes. Effects of the intervention were evaluated using Diagnostic Severity criteria for Motion Sickness and Motion Sickness Assessment Questionnaire (MSAQ). Paired t test analysis was computed. Result showed statistically significant improvement from baseline and at the end of 2nd week of intervention. Study concluded that combined effectiveness of both techniques caused habituation for motion sickness which improved symptoms and decreased sensitivity for motion sickness as quickly as 2 week of intervention and was effective as long as till 8th week.