Mal de Debarquement syndrome (MdDS) is persistent dizziness, disequilibrium and rocking sensation (like being on a boat) on return to a stable environment (land) following motion adaptation.
‘Sea legs’ or ‘land sickness’ is a common sensation after being aboard an ocean liner cruise for a period of time. Instead of resolving when returning to land within hour or few days, people feel dizziness, disequilibrium or a rocking sensation long after they return. Some people continue the sensation for months.
Although rare, this sense of prolonged dizziness or imbalance can be debilitating. A background understanding of this condition can help to hasten diagnosis and potentially prevent it from occurring.
Professor Dr Margie Sharpe, who is on the MdDS Medical Board in Australia says, “It can be very disconcerting for a person and can cause great anxiety. What was a great holiday or trip of a lifetime can turn into a dizzy nightmare.”
Professor Dr Margie Sharpe visited Dr Dai in New York City at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2016 and spent time with him treating MdDS patients.
This medical condition has been of significant interest to Professor Dr Margie Sharpe who says, “Up until now there really has been no physical therapy treatment to address the problem, however under the teachings of Dr Dai we can offer a solution.”
The Dizziness Balance Disorders Centre offers treatment based on the work of Dr Dai.
All diagnosis begins will consultation.