Motion Sickness: It’s in Your Head, but You’re not Imagining it

With the warmer months rapidly approaching, we are not far off from road trip season! While we love packing up the car and heading out on an adventure, the extended hours in the back seat might put some people at higher risk for motion sickness. So let’s take a deeper look at why some people can read in the car and enjoy their trip, while others succumb to a headache, dizziness, and nausea.

First, we need to understand how the brain and body control balance. The balance control of the body is called the cerebellum, sometimes even called “the little brain,” and it does a lot of work! From maintaining balance to controlling movements, this little brain has a big job to do. The cerebellum controls balance by using feedback from the vestibular system (those squiggly looking tubes in your inner ear) as well as proprioceptors from all over the body, all the way down to your feet, in order to tell the brain where you and your limbs are in space. Kind of like keeping track of a classroom full of kids (thank you teachers!).

The cerebellum and the rest of the central nervous system are wrapped up in a protective sheath, kind of like saran wrap. This saran wrap has 3 layers: the pia, which attaches directly to the brain and spinal cord and houses the central nervous system’s blood supply, the arachnoid, which is very fibrous (like a spider web) and has no blood supply, and the outermost layer is the dura which is very thick and sturdy. The dura also attaches to the foramen magnum (the hole at the bottom of the skull where the brain becomes the brainstem, and the first two vertebrae at the top of the neck. So any torquing of these bony structures, as seen in primary structural shift, causes stress and pulling on the dura. This tension on the dura in turn causes tension on the other layers of saran wrap and stress throughout the rest of the central nervous system, causing the cerebellum and other structures not to be able to do their job efficiently. This can lead to secondary symptoms, in this case, when taking a bumpy ride in the back seat, the little brain has to work even harder to process signals from those proprioceptors throughout the body, often leading to headache and feelings of nausea.

Structural chiropractic care aims to gently correct primary structural shift, increasing stability and easing the tension that leads to these secondary symptoms. So before you pack up the car and pile the family in for your journey, be sure to schedule a consultation to find out if this type of care is right for not only you, but for the kiddos in the bumpy backseat!

Alex Roes
Alex Roes
2023-12-21
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Brian Roes
Brian Roes
2023-12-18
Dr. Zifteh is an excellent chiropractor, who focuses on finding the least invasive way to get the maximum results for her patients. I have been receiving chiropractic care from her for about two months— the results have been remarkable. Not only has my neck and back pain decreased dramatically, but my posture has noticeably improved! Dr. Vicki Zifteh was recommended to me by a local medical doctor friend of mine as “the only chiropractor in Jacksonville I can wholeheartedly recommend.” I have had other chiropractors previously and I felt like they just started “cracking” without truly assessing what was happening in my body and systematically measuring progress and results. Dr. Zifteh is exactly the opposite. She is very conscientious about holistic assessments, x-rays (when necessary), symptom monitoring… and only makes physical adjustments when necessary. She is also highly trained in soft tissue work which makes the whole process very smooth and integrated. In addition to all of these things, she is punctual with her appointments, communicates professionally, and is very friendly and comfortable all the time. Highly recommend!
Benjamin Lamb
Benjamin Lamb
2023-11-06
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Jessica Hudson, D.C.
Jessica Hudson, D.C.
2023-10-05
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Deanne Roes
Deanne Roes
2023-09-29
My son is a violin performance major at university. During his second semester he began to experience pain in both arms, along with tingling and electric shock- like sensations. He became unable to play. He went to a doctor and was instructed to wear braces, take massive amounts of ibuprofen and give it time- there was “No injury only inflammation.” Two months passed, and he was not able to touch his violin, he was unable to text, type, hold a writing implement, or do any kind of fine motor skill activity. He could not work out, sleep well, and was dependent on pain relievers to get through the day. The pain and weakness remained the same. My son lost a semester of progress. During this time, I spoke with my son’s former pediatrician and she said “Without even seeing him I know what the problem is- it’s his neck. And there is one person in the city of Jacksonville who I know can help him.” We visited Dr. Zifteh who did extensive scans and developed a treatment plan. She was both honest in her assessment and full of hope and encouragement. Her approach was non-invasive and gentle, focused only where he needed adjustment. Within two months my son was pain free, edging back into practicing, and had regained full mobility of his fingers, hands and arms. Four months later, he has returned to full strength and stamina. He is performing, playing 4-5 hours per day, teaching, and back on track to accomplish his dream of becoming a professional violinist. Dr. Zifteh’s skill and care created a miracle for my son and we still are marveling at the healing he experienced. Thank you!!
Adison Nikolai
Adison Nikolai
2023-09-20
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john gallagher
2023-09-18
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Megan Kinney
Megan Kinney
2023-09-10
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Jennifer Vannoy
Jennifer Vannoy
2023-07-21
Dr. Soriano is so knowledgeable! He does a thorough exam, explains what should be normal, and he has an amazing bedside manner. We can't wait to see the progress he makes with our daughter!
Konrad Klonowski
Konrad Klonowski
2023-05-20
Dr. Vicki Zifteh's adjustments significantly reduced my chronic neck pain and headaches. Highly recommend and thank you for your help.