OT Corner: The Effects of Spinning on the Brain
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by Angie Voss, OTR,
Think about it…spinning is probably the one thing, that if done long enough with the neuro-typical brain, it WILL cause some type of systemic reaction. Not just dizzy and falling over, I mean a REAL reaction like nausea or flushing of the face, or even tossing your cookies. This reaction happens for a reason…the brain is protecting itself from detrimental input and neurological impact on the brain, therefore it responds by telling you it is time to STOP by causing a systemic reaction.
This is why the fair and carnival have so many rides which spin you intensely and for long periods of time…they don’t know why and what it is doing to the brain…all they know is it provokes an extreme reaction, especially when they switch directions on you when you have been spinning very fast for a long time.
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