Chiropractic Care For Tourette’s Syndrome - A Case Study

by Administrator 26. August 2011 04:26

Most of the people think of chiropractic care in terms of relief from neck and back pain. However, for a long time, chiropractors have advocated the health benefits that the patients have received for a number of ailments. According to a case study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, chiropractic care has shown to benefit people from Tourette’s syndrome.

The study involved a 20 year old female who was showing the symptoms of Tourette's syndrome from the age of three. Tourette’s syndrome is a condition marked by uncontrollable and unwanted movements of some vocalizations and body parts, known as vocal and motor tics. The girl showed signs of irrepressible throat clearing and gusting of air from her nose. She also suffered from facial muscle contractions, rapid eye blinking, shaking of the whole body and severe and frequent headaches.

This patient and her family did not want to go for the conventional treatment for Tourette’s syndrome. She went to seek chiropractic help which revealed that she had vertebral subluxations. A subluxation can be defined as a misalignment in the spine that disrupts the normal functioning of the nervous system. Most of the chiropractors have unique non invasive technology that enables them to carry out Surface Electromyography (sEMG) test that help to locate the presence of such conditions.

In this particular case, the cause of the vocal and motor tics in the Tourette's syndrome (TS) was unknown. Having known that TS is a condition that arises from the supraspinal structures, and in this case, caused by stress, it was possible to establish a common mechanism with a realistic backing.

Chiropractic care was given to the patient for 32 visits over a period of one year. Significant decreases in the severity and length of the vocal and motor tics of the patient was reported. The frequent headaches that she experienced were also reduced. Thus, through this case study, it was established that chiropractic care can significantly help in Tourette’s syndrome.

For more information on how chiropractic care can help you, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness - 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at 254-698-1600.

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