How Can a Chiropractor Help with Tourette’s and Tics?
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes repetitive, involuntary movements or vocalizations called tics. Tourette’s is common in children and commonly starts to develop between 5 to 7 years old on average. Children who have Tourette’s will often have multiple tics associated with their disorder. While doctors don’t know exactly what causes Tourette’s syndrome and tics, it is likely that genetics and trauma to the nervous system are to blame. If you start to notice your child presenting with tics or have a recent diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome, your Rochester Hills chiropractor can help.
About Tourette’s and Tics
It is helpful to know that tics can occur with or without a diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome, though someone diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome will always have tics. Tics can range from saying certain words or phrases that weren’t intended or repetitive movements like blinking your eyes or patting your head over and over again. A child who has tics isn’t able to control these movements or sounds and can sometimes be surprised by them or uncomfortable. While it is common for children to outgrow tics once they reach puberty, Tourette’s syndrome and tics can last into adulthood.
Chiropractic Care for Tourette’s and Tics
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder, which means it involves the nervous system. Your brain sends messages to the rest of your body through the nervous system and the spine protects these bundles of nerves. An injury to the spine in early childhood, even a minor one, could contribute to a child developing Tourette’s and tics. Your Rochester Hills chiropractor can help identify any misalignments in your child’s spine and make gentle, safe adjustments. When a vertebra in the spine is even slightly out of place, it can put pressure on nearby nerves and cause all kinds of issues, such as a tic. After your chiropractor realigns the spine to its proper position, your child is likely to experience a decrease in the frequency and severity of their tics.
Chiropractors and Neurological Disorders
At Vitality Precision Chiropractic in Rochester Hills, Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan can help address all kinds of neurological disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. It is possible to safely and effectively manage you or your child’s Tourette’s syndrome and tics without resorting to medications that can have adverse side effects. Instead, chiropractic care provides a natural approach to a more long-term solution for relieving these symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome.
Tourette’s and tics are also commonly associated with other neurological disorders or conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, and learning disorders. Medications that may help one of these may exacerbate symptoms in another. Before you overmedicate, talk to your chiropractor about how regular adjustments can help you manage the symptoms drug-free and naturally. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan can help restore effective communication from your brain to the rest of your body so you can experience lasting relief. Call or visit us online to schedule a consultation to learn more about how chiropractic care can help you.