Tourette's syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder exhibiting repetitive, , involuntary movements and vocalizations known as tics. The disorder is named after the late Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, a French neurologist. Dr. Tourette first described the condition in 1885.
The early symptoms of TS typically first arise in childhood. However the average onset is between the ages of 3 and 9 years. TS occurs in people from all ethnic groups. Although, males are 3 times more likely to develop TS than females. In the U.S. 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS. As many as one in 100 exhibit milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics. Current medical literature does not know what causes Tourettes and offers no curative treatment. Consequently Tourette's sufferers are often taking pharma medication.
Researchers generally consider Tourette’s syndrome to be a genetic disorder (TS vulnerability is found one generation to the next). Approximately 15% of TS patients do not show genetic susceptibility (no genetic links were found). In addition, individual variations in character, course, and degree of severity of TS is not solely the result of a genetic explanations.
Researchers have been focusing on stressful events during prenatal or early life that may trigger the onset of TS. Traumatic head injury (during birth, sports injuries and accidents, etc.) has been implicated as a possible trigger of TS. Evidence supports that trauma, especially to the neck, increases the risk of TS. Following trauma, tics can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop.
Trauma can cause spinal misalignments , especially at the base of the skull known as the craniocervical junction. In the next part of this article we will offer up a natural health care procedure that has been found to help Tourette's syndrome sufferers.
While no double blind study has been done on Upper Cervical Chiropractic's effectiveness on Tourette's Syndrome, many case studies do show promise. (1,2,3) While the goal of upper cervical chiropractic is NOT TO TREAT DISEASES AND SYMPTOMS, the by product of removing interference to the nervous system allows the body to function better. Consequently when normal FUNCTION returns the possibility of helping or eliminating a host of conditions failed by conventional medical treatment is possible. Below, listen to a mother of a child that was suffering with TS and how his recovery followed upper cervical corrective care.
The goal of upper cervical care is to correct atlas and axis misalignments. Upper cervical doctors run objective neurological test to determine whether or not a person has an upper neck misalignment. Once located precise x-rays are taken to determine direction of the misalignment and the angle of the joints involved. Then this information is used to make a precise correction to the atlas or axis. Once corrected the patient is monitored over time to make sure they are maintaining the correction. If the correction has misaligned again another one is made. However, if the tests indicate the atlas is in alignment no correction is made on that visit. While the correction is maintained healing accrues. NATURE NEEDS NO HELP JUST NO INTERFERENCE! We hope that his blog has been helpful and informative and leads those who suffer in the direction of healing!
The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal.