Hey Thrill Seekers,
Now straight off the bat, I’m no Doctor… I have no medical qualifications apart from a first aid badge I got in the Cubs many, many moons ago. So this post has no medical basis at all and you should always consult a professional rather than this blog.
Today’s post is one close to my heart… or should I say stomach! Its about Motion Sickness, with theme park trends pushing towards more 3D based attractions those of us who suffer with motion sickness are having a rough ride, literally. Just a quick look at Universal Studios is enough to make those of us who suffer tremble with fear, The Simpson’s Ride, Minion Mayhem, Transformers 3D and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts all use 3d elements and can cause motion sickness, they even warn you before hand.
So I thought I’d investigate, to try and create a guide for those of us who suffer but still want to experience the ride. I’ll start off with some of the less scientific methods I personally have used in the past.
Close your eyes
I don’t want to be the one who didn’t go on a ride and spoiled it for everyone else. I know my family wouldn’t give me grief (much) but I still feel if I’ve flown all the way to Orlando I should be giving it a go.
So my first way around motion sickness is to simply close my eyes……. and pray. FOr me closing my eyes and going to my happy place stops me from getting motion sickness. The downside being, I see nothing of the ride.
Don’t be like me! Motion Sickness can really spoil a day at a theme park. If you don’t think you can do it then don’t do it. There are plenty of other rides to go on… plus every party needs a bag holder!
Now for some science…
Treating motion sickness
Mild symptoms of motion sickness can usually be improved using techniques such as fixing your eyes on the horizon or distracting yourself by listening to music.
Other self care techniques you could try include:
- Keep still – if possible, choose a cabin or seat in the middle of a boat or plane, because this is where you’ll experience the least movement. Use a pillow or headrest to help keep your head as still as possible.
- Look at a stable object – for example, the horizon. Reading or playing games may make your symptoms worse. Closing your eyes may help relieve symptoms.
- Fresh air – open windows or move to the top deck of a ship to avoid getting too hot and to get a good supply of fresh air.
- Relax – by listening to music while focusing on your breathing or carrying out a mental activity, such as counting backwards from 100.
- Stay calm – keep calm about the journey. You’re more likely to get motion sickness if you worry about it.
Or you could get yourself down your local pharmacy and look in to purchasing yourself some of these;
Hyoscine, also known as scopolamine, is widely used to treat motion sickness. It’s thought to work by blocking some of the nerve signals sent from the vestibular system.
Hyoscine is available over the counter from pharmacists. To be effective, you’ll need to take it before travelling. If you’re going on a long journey – for example, by sea – hyoscine patches can be applied to your skin every three days.
Antihistamines are used to treat symptoms of allergies, but can also help to control nausea and vomiting. They’re less effective at treating motion sickness than hyoscine, but may cause fewer side effects.
They’re usually taken as tablets one or two hours before your journey. If it’s a long journey, you may need to take a dose every eight hours. Like hyoscine, some antihistamines can cause drowsiness. Your pharmacist can advise you.
Acupressure bands are stretchy bands worn around the wrists. They apply pressure to a particular point on the inside of your wrist between the two tendons on your inner arm.
Some complementary therapists claim that using an acupressure band can help to treat motion sickness. Although acupressure bands don’t cause any adverse side effects, there’s little scientific evidence to show they’re an effective treatment for motion sickness.
I know its a pain but don’t let your inner ear and eyes spoil your theme park holiday.
Have you got any secret Motion Sickness cheats you use, if so please feel free to share them with us below…
Remember: I’m not a doctor. Medical information was researched using the NHS website.