When looking for the underlying cause of Tourette’s, researchers have realized that up to 15% of patients have no genetic link that explains the condition. Also, Tourette’s presets with varying degrees of symptoms and severity from patient to patient, something else that is not usually associated with genetic illness.
On the other hand, there is research that ties Tourette’s to trauma of the head and/or neck. Often, this trauma occurs very early in a person’s life, sometimes in the womb. It has been noted that even those who experience an accident or injury later on in life may begin to develop tics. In some cases, the tics begin immediately after the injury, and sometimes there is a period of months or years that passes first.
A Tourette’s Case Study Sheds Further Light
In the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, a case study involving a 14-year-old boy was recounted. After missing a couple of days of school, the boy ended up in the hospital with severe tics as a result of Tourette’s. His head would make a constant whipping motion that led to fatigue and chronic daily headaches.
Medications used included Orap, ibuprofen, and Abilify, but no relief came. The parents decided to do some research on their own and learned about upper cervical chiropractic care, a specific form of chiropractic that involves gentle adjustments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment was detected and corrected using the NUCCA technique. Within 5 months (30 visits) the tics were significantly reduced.
At Health Edge Family Spinal Care, we too use the NUCCA technique to provide precise and gentle care for our patients. And we hope to provide similar results as in the study noted above for patients suffering from Tourette’s and other chronic conditions that result from trauma. Schedule a consultation to learn more about what upper cervical chiropractic care may be able to do for you.
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com