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Vol 71, No 4 (2020)
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Submitted: 2020-10-05
Accepted: 2020-10-19
Published online: 2020-12-30
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Optokinetic stimulation efficiency for sea sickness treatment

Alexis Maffert1, Barbara Aupy1
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2020.0043
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Pubmed: 33394489
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International Maritime Health 2020;71(4):249-252.
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  1. Head and Neck Surgery Department, HIA Clermont Tonnerre, BREST, France

open access

Vol 71, No 4 (2020)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original article
Submitted: 2020-10-05
Accepted: 2020-10-19
Published online: 2020-12-30

Abstract

Background: Sea sickness is the type of motion sickness induced by maritime transport. Its prevention through optokinetic exercises is efficient. The object of this study is to evaluate the efficiency experienced by the patients as well as the impact on other motion sicknesses. Materials and methods: One hundred and forty-one patients underwent optokinetic treatment methods between 2006 and 2014. The following parameters were studied and scored on a numeric scale: sea sickness, intensity of vomiting and ability to hold position and duties on board.

Results: Study parameters significantly improved by optokinetic reeducation method. Sea sickness was reduced by a factor of 2. Study settings were also stable over years. Other motion sicknesses were also improved with this optokinetic stimulation. Conclusions: Treating sea sickness by optokinetic stimulation reeducation gives good results particularly improving its related clinical manifestations, therefore allowing seamen to properly hold their functions on board. Its efficiency lasts in time and seems promising for the management of other motion sicknesses.

Abstract

Background: Sea sickness is the type of motion sickness induced by maritime transport. Its prevention through optokinetic exercises is efficient. The object of this study is to evaluate the efficiency experienced by the patients as well as the impact on other motion sicknesses. Materials and methods: One hundred and forty-one patients underwent optokinetic treatment methods between 2006 and 2014. The following parameters were studied and scored on a numeric scale: sea sickness, intensity of vomiting and ability to hold position and duties on board.

Results: Study parameters significantly improved by optokinetic reeducation method. Sea sickness was reduced by a factor of 2. Study settings were also stable over years. Other motion sicknesses were also improved with this optokinetic stimulation. Conclusions: Treating sea sickness by optokinetic stimulation reeducation gives good results particularly improving its related clinical manifestations, therefore allowing seamen to properly hold their functions on board. Its efficiency lasts in time and seems promising for the management of other motion sicknesses.

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Keywords

sea sickness; motion sickness; optokinetic stimulation; sensory conflict

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Title

Optokinetic stimulation efficiency for sea sickness treatment

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 71, No 4 (2020)

Article type

Original article

Pages

249-252

Published online

2020-12-30

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2020.0043

Pubmed

33394489

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2020;71(4):249-252.

Keywords

sea sickness
motion sickness
optokinetic stimulation
sensory conflict

Authors

Alexis Maffert
Barbara Aupy

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