In the current July issue of Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, has just published the study done by researchers and is now available on line. To date this is the most comprehensive study conducted of patients who have Tourette Syndrome and the applied treatment of self-hypnosis.
The journalists of this written study were as follows: Dr. Jeffery Lazarus and Dr. Susan K. Klein, PH.D., of the University Hospitals Rainbows Babies & Children’s Hospital and the Case Western University School of Medicine as when this study was conducted.
This study has now revealed that with the help of video tape training self-hypnosis can be learned and reduce symptoms while improving a overall excellence for a much better life.
Thirty three participants were included in this study. It was established that seventy nine percent of them had attained sufficient progress within the area of tic management enough in order to make the announcement.
At the beginning of the study participants viewed short clips of a video with a boy who had Tourette Syndrome, these clips showed the boy before the training, during the self-hypnosis training and afterward. Then each child or teenager were given instructions on self-hypnosis on a one on one basis. The participants in this study had a age range of six years to 19 years old. The average age of participants was thirteen years old. Each participant in the study had motor tics and three displayed verbal tics at the opening interviews.
In addition to the one on one training, all participants were to practice the technique at home three times each day, also to answer some questions constructed to help increase their own knowledge about tics and how they felt when having them.
Dr. Lazarus states self-hypnosis aides the patient encountering a mental attitude which blends relaxation including centering on a particular point of focus allowing additional thoughts or feelings simply melt into the air. He further notes that when the patient arrives at their “special place”then application of taking charge of the tic is then done. They patients are asked to think about how they felt just before the tic happens and to place a stop sign right in front of it or think of there being a tic switch that can act like a light switch that you normally turn on and off. Alternative recommendations are suggested also embraced is the encouragement to the patient to come up with their own images.
The greatest part of participants had an astonishing rise in taking control of their tic just after a couple of sessions. The breakdown is as follows 12 participants after two sessions, 13 participants after three sessions and one after just four sessions.
Dr. Lazarus states that this type of alternative treatment is very viable due to the fact that the drugs used to treat tics have been linked to displeasing side effects. Along with the fact many physicians do not wish to prescribe medications in mild to moderate cases, due to the fact a lot of children do out grow this condition
In Dr. Lazarus’s final comments he states that this research advocates that self-hypnosis can possibly be taught in less sessions than the other technique referred to as habit reversal, but further studies would be needed to ascertain that fact. Needless to say, using a video tape to help with teaching does have a few benefits: It can aid in standardizing techniques for teaching, can lessen the time span required for teaching the technique, it allows this technique to be available for younger children to use. Watching a set of video tapes of someone else having this issue presents patients with hope that they are not the only person with this issue. It provides them faith and a drive to have control over their own bodies and any obstacles they may face in life.
Estimates from the National Institutes of Health indicate that roughly 100,000 Americans have total Tourette syndrome. Since a lot of persons have not been diagnosed with this factual figures are not able to be maintained.
Tourette syndrome is listed as a neurological disorder which is displayed by tics meaning rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations beyond the persons control. There have been some persons with Tourette syndrome that do claim alternative treatments due help to maintain control of their tics.
Below are some alternative treatments:
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Insertion of the needles into the 12 meridian points. The stimulation of the needles will send information to the central nervous system and therefore obstructing any impulses sending to any parts of the body. Wu, Li and Kang Chinese researchers lay claim to the fact that acupuncture has the ability to adequately treat Tourette syndrome.
Chinese medicine is said to be useful for Tourette’s since the prescriptions are designed to calm blood circulation.
Regulating apparatus used to teach persons how to check responses of their body such as blood pressure and muscle tension and learn how to take charge of their bodies responses. A study was conducted in the use of biofeedback and Tourette syndrome. The conclusion was that it is possible biofeedback has the capability to reduce tics.
A case study involving a eleven year old boy with both tic and vocalization of Tourette’s. Received chiropractic care treatments. In the final conclusion in the case all medications were no longer needed. Less fatigue and irritability were also present. This provided relief in symptoms and no longer the need for medication and he was able to resume a normal life.
Research in 2009 had also revealed the use of chiropractic care in Tourette syndrome helps persons manage their symptoms.
The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health has a review of evidence supporting chiropractic care and children with Tourette’s.
There have been some suggestions made by researchers that diet can influence the symptoms of Tourette’s. One recommendation from nutritionists can be the consumption of organic foods do not consume any foods that contain pesticides. Taking antioxidants such as vitamin C. It was note in March of 2007 in a study done at the Center for Clinical Intervention research that beta carotene, vitamin A and E greatly increases chances for death.
Medical News Today
National Tourette Syndrome Association
Paper on Tourette Syndrome by Dr. Ray Schelin
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October 10, 2009 release Chiropractic and Tourette Syndrome
Medical News Today 2007