Tourette’s Syndrome “Tics”
Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements, and vocalizations called TICS. The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 3 and 9 years old. Males are affected more often than females.
TICS are classified as either simple or complex. Simple motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements. Some of the more common simple tics include blinking of the eyes, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Simple vocalization might include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds. Complex tics are distinct, coordinated patterns of movements involving several muscle groups. Some of the complex motor tics might include facial grimacing combined with a head twist and a shoulder shrug. Sniffing or touching objects, hopping, jumping, bending, or twisting. Simple vocal tics including throat-clearing sniffing, snorting grunting, or barking. More complex vocal tics include words or phrases.
TS can be diagnosed by neurologists, psychiatrists, or medical doctors. It is usually diagnosed after verifying that the patient has the motor and/or vocal tics for at least 1 year. There are no blood, laboratory, or imaging tests for the diagnosis.
Do you, or do you know anyone that suffers from Tourette’s syndrome or Parkinson’s disease? At our practice, we treat movement disorders such as essential tremors, tics, dystonia, etc. Furthermore, our treatment does NOT include any surgery or medication.
The cause of movement disorders is still relatively unknown. And the treatments mainly consist of medications, physiotherapy, psychiatric care, and in severe cases surgery.
After years of study and research, it has been found that movement disorders are related to the cervical spine, the jaw joints, and the skull. At our office, we believe that an oral appliance can possibly reduce movement disorders by 80% to 90% within days of wearing the appliance. Again, this is without any injection or medication.
With our treatment, we are able to give our patients significant relief and control in their daily lives. Although it is not a cure, we have seen a significant increase in our patient’s quality of life.
Therefore, if you are suffering from a movement disorder such as Tourette’s Syndrome or Parkinson’s Disease know that we are here to help.
We offer a free consultation for all new patients, so please give us a call to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.