Sea Legs / Disembarkment Syndrome

Sea Legs and Disembarkment Syndrome treated by The Center for Balance and Dizziness Cincinnati, OH

The Center for Balance and Dizziness Treats Sea Legs / Disembarkment Syndrome for Dizziness and Imbalance


The Center for Balance and Dizziness offers specialized treatment for a unique and often overlooked condition known as Sea Legs or Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS). This condition is characterized by a persistent sensation of rocking, swaying, or bobbing, typically experienced after prolonged exposure to passive motion, such as being on a boat, long ride in a car, or traveling on a plane that persist long after motion is stopped.

MdDS primarily affects the body’s vestibular system, which is responsible for maintaining balance and spatial orientation. The condition is believed to arise from the brain’s adaptation to the constant motion experienced on a boat, car, or plane. Once the motion ceases, the brain struggles to readjust to the stability of solid ground, leading to a prolonged sense of movement and imbalance.

Experiencing movements that you are not exposed to in your normal, every day activities triggers Mal De Debarquement syndrome. Taking a cruise or boating is one of the most common causes.

For some, the illusion of movement seems to last for long periods of time; weeks, months, even years after the beginning of the symptoms. One explanation for the syndrome may be that the problem is not in the inner ear and most likely occurs someplace in the balance areas of the brain. The brain adapts to the motion of the ship or other vehicle; but once the movement stops, the brain is unable to re-adapt.

The term often used to describe this is, “sea legs.”

Symptoms include the sensations of bobbing, rocking, swaying, swinging, floating or tumbling. These may be accompanied by unsteadiness, disequilibrium, anxiety, difficulty concentrating.

At The Center for Balance and Dizziness, treatment for MdDS is personalized and multidisciplinary. It begins with a thorough assessment to rule out other causes of dizziness and balance disorders. Treatment typically involves vestibular rehabilitation therapy, which includes exercises designed to help the brain adapt to the stable environment and alleviate the sensation of movement. This may involve balance training, visual-motor exercises, and activities to improve spatial orientation.

Additionally, the Center provides counseling and support, as MdDS can be a confusing and frustrating condition. Patients are educated about the nature of the disorder, coping strategies, and ways to manage symptoms. In some cases, medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms like nausea or anxiety.

The Center for Balance and Dizziness is committed to providing compassionate, specialized care to individuals suffering from Sea Legs or MdDS, helping them regain stability and improve their overall well-being.

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If you're experiencing balance or dizziness issues, contacting The Center for Balance and Dizziness in Cincinnati, OH, can be a crucial step towards improving your health. This specialized center offers expert diagnosis and treatment for balance-related disorders. To get in touch, you can visit their website for detailed information or call their office directly for an appointment. Their experienced team of healthcare professionals provides personalized care, using advanced diagnostic tools and therapy techniques. The center also offers educational resources to help you understand your condition better. Reaching out to them can lead to effective management of your symptoms and a significant improvement in your quality of life.


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Cincinnati, Ohio 45255

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45242


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