What Can Chiropractic Do For Tourette’s Syndrome and Tics?

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes tics or sudden involuntary and repetitive movements or sounds.  Tics can include movements such as rapid eye blinking or jerking of the head or neck, while vocalizations may be sniffing, throat clearing, or grunting sounds. The first signs of Tourette’s syndrome usually begin to manifest themselves in childhood from between the ages of 5 and 7. By the ages of 8 to 12, tics become and more and more noticeable.  In fact, over 300,000 children across the country today suffer from Tourette’s syndrome.  Not many adults carry tics over into adulthood, leading researchers to wonder what the root cause of tics is and why it affects only certain children.  Some studies suggest that Tourette’s syndrome may be genetic, while other studies show that childhood trauma, such as injury to the neck or spine, may lead to an increased risk of Tourette’s.  So what can be done to manage Tourette’s syndrome and tics?  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela may be able to help.

About Tourette’s and Other Related Conditions

Tics can be associated with Tourette’s or sometimes they can be an issue all their own.  All Tourette’s sufferers experience tics, but not all those who have tics also have Tourette’s.  Some tic disorders just consist of one tic.  Tourette’s, on the other hand, can be characterized by several tics over a longer period of time.  Children with Tourette’s will often times have other health conditions in conjunction with Tourette’s, such as ADHD or OCD.  These conditions have been known to go hand in hand with Tourette’s syndrome and can make a living with Tourette’s even more challenging.  Medications can help with both tics and Tourette’s, as well as other related conditions for a short time, but it is never a long-term solution as it does not deal with the root cause of the issue. 

Neurologically-Based Chiropractic Care

Because Tourette’s is a neurological disorder, it makes sense that neurologically-based chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can be an effective solution that gets to the root cause of Tourette’s and tics.  By improving spinal alignment and spinal health, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic is also improving the function of the central nervous system.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  When spinal misalignments are removed, the central nervous system can function optimally, which can then reduce the severity and frequency of tics and improve overall quality of life.

Can Chiropractic Work for Me?

Research supports chiropractic care for managing symptoms of Tourette’s and individual tics. One case study focused on a 15-year-old boy who had suffered from Tourette’s syndrome for 10 years, along with migraines, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral and learning disorders.  Over a period of 19 weeks of regular chiropractic care, his list of 21 concerns diminished down to just 2.  His tics decreased significantly, his headaches were gone, and his vision and other conditions improved drastically. 

Chiropractic care is a natural and safe solution that gets to the root cause of Tourette’s syndrome for long-lasting results.  To get started today, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




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