Tourette’s Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Tourette's Syndrome, TS, Tics, GeneticsWhat Causes Tourette’s?

The most common answer given to this question is that Tourette’s is inherited. However, there are two major reasons why Tourette’s is not caused by a genetic disorder.

The first indicator of this is that 15% of people who have Tourette’s syndrome do not have any genetic links. The second thing we see is that there is quite a range of variation in the degree of severity, character, and course of Tourette’s syndrome. This cannot be explained by genetics alone.

There has been research performed that reveals a connection between Tourette’s and head and neck trauma. This would be trauma to the neck area that happened early in life, even during the perinatal period. Another thing that could cause tics is a fall or accident of some sort. This trauma can trigger tics right after the injury or years later.

What Research Reveals

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health featured an article about a 14-year-old boy with Tourette’s syndrome. He had missed two days of school and had ended up at the hospital due to the amount and degree of motor tics he was experiencing. Due to the constant whipping motion of his head, he was said to have one thousand violent motor tics a day! These led him to be severely fatigued and develop migraine headaches on a daily basis.

His parents sought answers to relieve their son’s suffering. He was put on 1 mg of Orap (pimozide), six ibuprofen pills, and 10 mg of Abilify per day. This did not bring the needed relief. However, when the parents began to look for the underlying cause of their son’s tics, they began to find what they were looking for in the area of relieving his problems.

They started to seek care from an upper cervical chiropractor. Upper cervical chiropractors, such as the doctors at Johnson Spinal Care in Apple Valley, Minnesota, are specifically trained to look for misalignments in the upper neck area. They can then correct this misalignment and restore proper communication from the brain to the body. This gave their son the relief that no amount of medication could provide. He experienced a reduction in the number of tics he had on a daily basis. This happened after only five months (30 visits) to an upper cervical chiropractor. He was also able to depend less on his medication by seeking more care from the chiropractor.

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2017-09-19T00:17:16+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Tourette syndrome|Comments Off on Tourette’s Syndrome: What You Need to Know