Motion sickness is an unfortunate condition that affects a large number of people. Motion sickness can occur in any number of situations, such as on an airplane, in a car, on a boat, or on rides at an amusement park. For some people, motion sickness does not even require actual movement; Some people will experience motion sickness in response to perceived or anticipated movement. Motion sickness typically ends when the motion (or perception of motion) has ended.
Physically, motion sickness is caused when there is a conflict between the signals sent from the eyes, inner ear, and the rest of the body. Sometimes the conflict is subtle; for example, when one is inside the cabin of a ship, there may be no visual perception of motion, but the inner ear, which controls balance, detects the rocking of the boat. The symptoms of motion sickness can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, increased salivation, headache, paleness of the skin, and cold sweats.
Sea Bands uses pressure points to alleviate motion sickness. Sea bands are made from knitted elastic. The materials are tough, long-lasting, and washable. There are no buckles or clasps, and the elastic allows them to be used by people of all ages and sizes. Sea bands can be used on children as young as 2 years old. Sea Bands work through plastic studs sewn into the elastic that place pressure on the “Nei Kuan” pressure point, and specifically work to reduce nausea and vomiting. In addition, Sea bands are thought to help with nausea due to pregnancy, anesthesia, and other causes, such as chemotherapy. Sea bands can be worn before motion sickness symptoms set in to prevent motion sickness, or they may be worn after symptoms start to reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms.
Sea bands are, for many people, a viable alternative to motion sickness medications. The medications developed to help with motion sickness are often not a viable option. For many people that experience motion sickness, the traditional medications, such as the Scopolamine patch or Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) are not acceptable solutions. The drowsiness that accompanies these medications can often result in a person not being able to enjoy the activity that triggers motion sickness in the first place. More than one sad traveler on a cruise has missed a good portion of his trip because she was either too sick or too tired to participate.
Sea bands are relatively inexpensive, and are available on the Internet and at some retail locations.