By Vanessa Simpson, Vesitibular Physiotherapist
It is a neurological disorder that usually occurs after a person has travelled on a ship, but may also occur after exposure to other motion such as plane travel. People with this disorder experience a persistent perception of rocking and swaying. It is thought that the brain sensitises to the rocking motion that occurs during the boat / plane travel and fails to readjust once back on solid ground. It is significantly more common in woman around peri or post menopausal phases of life and for this reason it is postulated that it may be caused in part by reproductive hormonal changes.
Appropriate treatment responses are largely under-researched. Emerging evidence suggests physiotherapy may be of benefit in these clients as well as behavioural therapy, optokinetics, neuromodulation (brain stimulation) and treatment with antidepressant / anti anxiety medications. It is not a psychological disorder.
Our vestibular physiotherapist may be able to assist you if you suffer from this condition.