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Tourette’s Syndrome: A Possible Link to Improper Spinal Alignment

tourettes-syndrome-a-possible-link-to-improper-spinal-alignmentTourette’s syndrome is diagnosed three times more often in boys than in girls. Out of every one thousand children, three will have Tourette’s syndrome. It is generally accepted that Tourette’s is a genetic disorder. However, this is not always the case. The following facts point this out:

  • The variation in degree, character, and course of the disease cannot be explained by genetics.
  • As many as fifteen percent of those diagnosed have no link to genetics.

As more and more research is being done on Tourette’s, another possible reason for its development is coming to the forefront. A connection is being seen between head and neck trauma and the onset of Tourette’s. This is often seen right around the time of birth during the prenatal period and may be due to the birthing process itself and the way the baby’s head is turned for delivery. It can also be due to falls or other injuries causing tics to begin. This can start immediately after the injury or a short time later.

Hope Through a Positive Outcome

An experience of a 14-year-old boy is giving hope to those who suffer from this condition. He was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome. He had a couple of bad days that caused him to miss school. He was brought to the hospital for care because he was having a massive amount of tics. He was having as many as one-thousand violent motor tics on a daily basis. He was prescribed 10 milligrams of Abilify, 1 milligram of pimozide, and some ibuprofen per day. However, it was not the answer he or his parents were looking for. The tics continued.

His parents decided to try an alternate route of care. They brought him in to see an upper cervical chiropractor. It was discovered that he had a misalignment in the top bones of his neck. He was given care over the course of 5 months and 30 visits. He was pleased with the results. His tics had reduced and he was able to get off of his medication due to the fact that his body was now able to better relay messages to the brain.

Others have found similar success when seeking the care of upper cervical chiropractors.

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