Latest technology for those who suffer when travelling, are experiencing morning sickness, and those receiving chemotherapy.
Up to 25 percent of the population experience some degree of motion sickness, from mild discomfort to all out nausea, sweating and vomiting. Hundreds of years ago, because of the limited methods of travel and distances involved, that figure might not have been so impactful, however today, given our travel by vehicles, trains, ships and planes on a regular basis as travellers or daily commuters, motion sickness is a frequent challenge. Further, technology such as 3D, virtual reality and large screen videos (Imax anyone?) and video games can also trigger motion sickness to those who are prone. All in all, those who suffer are increasingly finding themselves in situations that exacerbates their body’s intolerance to movement or perceived movement. For those, quality of life is impacted.
While there are varying opinions as to the cause of motion sickness, the most widely accepted theory appears to be the body’s processing conflict between the components of its balancing-sensing system – the sensory nerves eyes and inner ear – when one part of the system senses the movement and the others do not. An example would be being on a docked boat looking out to the horizon, with the body feeling the subtle motion of the waves while the horizon appears unmoving. (If you’re sensitive to motion and every tried to eat a meal on a docked ship restaurant or in revolving restaurant at the top of a building, you’ll understand this one right away.) Conversely, watching an Imax movie or playing a video game on a large screen can incite motion sickness because the eyes are sensing movement but the body is not.
Regardless of the cause, even if one isn’t experiencing this situation themselves, simply witnessing a person going through it evokes a great deal of empathy, you just can’t help feeling so sorry for them because they literally ‘can’t get off the ride’.
As much as this is a frequent problem experienced by a significant percentage of the population, treatment options have been limited, and the vast majority involve taking drugs. According to WebMD, drugs currently available to arrest the symptoms of motion sickness include Scopolamine, a group of drugs known as antiemetics, and certain antihistamines – all of which may cause drowsiness. Basically then, after taking these drugs, you might not suffer but you’re not really going to have any fun either. Not really great options are they?
To provide a drug-free motion sickness remedy, Israel-based Sidis Labs incorporated NASA research with the latest in technology to develop MotionCure. According to Sidis Labs, the wearable device, which looks similar to a travel pillow, combines pulsation technology and magnetics, to target all areas of the body and brain responsible for motion sickness symptoms. Sidis Lab’s describes the technology behind MotionCure:
“The MotionCure is positioned comfortably around the neck to enable the relief of motion sickness symptoms through both pulsation technology and magnetics. A unique series of pulses are transmitted to the brain through both the median nerve at the back of the neck and the inner ear’s vestibular system. These pulses are designed to both remedy the negative effects of “sensory mismatch”, as well as alleviate nausea-inducing signals, by restoring normal gastric rhythm through the brain.
Additionally, the MotionCure addresses motion sickness by creating a negative magnetic field that surrounds the neck and the base of the brain where motion sickness-related signals are first intercepted. By integrating five precisely-placed magnets into our device, we are able to minimize the amount of unsettling gastric signals received by the brain.”
In a recent interview with Israel 21c, Sidis Labs CEO, Ohad Raz, states,
“It’s a big thing for everyone who suffers from motion sickness. There’s no on/off solution to motion sickness. For some people, MotionCure doesn’t work and we’re honest about it. If it doesn’t work for you, just return it. But for others, the reviews are saying, ‘This is like magic for us.’ It can be an amazing solution.”
While there are other devices claiming similar results, Raz says,
“the real competition is medical; prescriptions, not other devices.”
At the time Sidis Labs developed MotionCure, their focus was alleviating symptoms caused by motion sickness, however when it actually hit the market in early 2016, they were pleasantly surprised to learn from user feedback that MotionCure was also providing relief for chemotherapy patients and women suffering from morning sickness. Raz told Israel21c that they received a letter from the leader of a cancer support group, describing how a group member, when wearing the device, regained the ability to travel in a car without getting ill and was finally able to keep her balance while walking.
Ami Dror, co-founder and Sidis Labs investor told Israel21c,
“I never expected that we could help people suffering from side effects of chemotherapy. With motion sickness, the worst-case scenario is that you vomit. You can deal with it. But when you get chemo, you suffer from so many other things, and if we can make your life one percent better, it would make us so much happier.”
As a result of that feedback, Sidis Labs introduced a policy to waive the $149 fee for chemotherapy patients, to assist as many cancer patients as possible. Current chemo patients who are interested in trying MotionCure can contact the company via their website.
Sidis also states that for anyone who purchases the product and find it doesn’t work for them, they can return it within 90 days for a full refund.
We found MotionCure on Amazon – and a whopping 94% of users have given it five stars, describing it’s effectiveness and the positive impact wearing it has given them, including cruisers and travellers.
No drugs, a possible cure and a money back guarantee – for those who suffer from motion sickness, or nausea from other causes, this appears to be a great option to try.