Visual-vestibular habituation and balance training for motion sickness

Phys Ther. 1999 Oct;79(10):949-57.


Background and purpose: This case report describes physical therapy for motion sickness in a 34-year-old woman. The purpose of the report is twofold: (1) to provide an overview of the literature regarding motion sickness syndrome, causal factors, and rationale for treatment and (2) to describe the evaluation and treatment of a patient with motion sickness.

Case description and outcomes: The patient initially had moderate to severe visually induced motion sickness, which affected her functional abilities and prevented her from working. Following 10 weeks of a primarily home-based program of visual-vestibular habituation and balance training, her symptoms were alleviated and she could resume all work-related activities.

Discussion: Although motion sickness affects nearly one third of all people who travel by land, sea, or air, little documentation exists regarding prevention or management.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise Therapy / methods
  • Female
  • Habituation, Psychophysiologic / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Motion Sickness / physiopathology
  • Motion Sickness / prevention & control*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Postural Balance*
  • Posture / physiology
  • Vestibule, Labyrinth / physiopathology*
  • Visual Perception