Tics are sometimes subtle and often acceptable by the affected person and the other people around, therefore, many people who display a nervous tic have almost never requested the services of a professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist). However, there are embarrassing and even painful tics. Although the causes of a nervous tic are not fully understood, specialists state that there are some factors that may influence this behavior, such as genetics, diet deficiencies (particularly magnesium), anxiety, unbalanced emotional health and certain medications. Specialists even include on the list stress, fatigue, illness, excitement or over-stimulation. Let’s see some tips for alleviating nervous tics.
There are three types of tics:
- motor, involving body movements
- vocal, meaning sounds or words
- complex, intricate sequences including vocal and motor tics
The most common tics involve the head area, such as blinking, lip movements, head rocking, twitching of facial muscles etc.).
- Sudden and of short duration – lasting more than a few seconds
- Repetitive – can occur several times per minute or only a few times in one hour
- Suppressible – the affected person can help it for a while, but then the momentum is getting stronger and stronger and eventually irresistible
- Changing – new tics appear and old ones disappear
What can you do?
There are two strategies in approaching tips for alleviating nervous tics.
1. Reducing the severity of tics
This type of approach includes:
a) Non -medical interventions
A longer and better sleep – fatigue accentuates tics.
Proper nutrition – this has a rather indirect effect by increasing resistance to stress. So far, it hasn’t been proven that any of the diets proposed by different specialists would have a specific effect in decreasing the severity of tics.
Reducing stress – sometimes severity of tics is a faithful reflection of the level of stress.
What should be stressed regarding the use of drugs is that they can’t suppress tics, but when the medication is discontinued tics may return. But the most important aspects is that tics should be treated with medications only if they produce a significant decrease in the quality of life of the patient and if the risk / benefit ratio is acceptable. In addition, tics are often associated with other psychiatric and psychological problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, conflict situations and treating these problems should be a priority and sometimes even solve tics.
2. Increasing acceptability of tics
a) For the affected person
Tics usually begins in childhood and the child finds it difficult to understand what is going on with him. He can believe that it is the only one who has this problem. It’s good for him to know that many others have the same problem so you, as parents, need to communicate with him. Affected individuals need information about the mechanism of occurrence of tics, about the favoring the causes and especially about how others have managed to build a good self-image and even accepted tics as part of their interaction with the world. And ideally they would have to make others understand their suffering and not avoid talking about this problem when necessary (especially when entering a new environment).
b) For others
As mentioned above, the most difficult for those who come in contact with a person with tics is to always have in mind the involuntary character of these movements and not react to them as if they were made on purpose. Another observation is that some parents, sensing the suppressant character of tics, are trying to draw attention to the child on them (“do not blink, I know you can do it). The result is that after a while, tics may become even more frequent or disappear but be replaced by another, perhaps more complex. All these problems have as solution a process of educating and informing the public about nervous tics.
Homeopathic approach of treatment
As we stated before, nervous tics can be very difficult to manage. While many drugs prove to be useful in alleviating nervous tics, let’s not forget about the unwanted side-effects, that some patients find even more annoying that the tic itself. This is where homeopathy comes into place. It doesn’t promise to cure nervous tics for good, but these natural remedies can help relieve nervous tics without unwanted side-effects.
The first remedy on our list is Hyoscyamus, an herb often used to relieve muscle twitching and nervous tics. It presents antispasmodic properties and so it alleviates nervous irritations, tics, twitches and Tourette’s syndrome and Parkinson’s disease.
Another homeopathic ingredient is Zinc, also highly recommended for the absorption of minerals such as magnesium. Cina is also recommend for relieving tics and muscle spasms and Chamomilla relives stress and restlessness associated to tics.
We hope these tips for alleviating nervous tics proved useful and if you know a person who manifests a nervous tic, tell them that there are so many people out there, living their lives with the same condition.