Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition with features such as repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and/or vocalizations known as tics. This disorder was first described by the French neurologist Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette in 1885.
Simple motor tics are brief, repetitive, involuntary movements that involve a small number of muscle groups, while complex tics involve several muscle groups. Some tics are disabling, involving self-harm, coprolalia (vocalizing profanities), and echolalia (repeating others’ words or phrases).
Individuals with Tourette’s often have other neurobehavioral conditions, such as ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, or learning disabilities. Thus, the common denominator, as with all disorders on the neurobehavioral spectrum is Functional Disconnect Syndrome – impaired communication between the right and left sides of the brain. A careful history and extensive neurological examination are needed to design a remedial program to enhance communication between the two sides of the brain. When hemispheric integration is performed correctly, the results are very positive. If your child has been diagnosed with Tourette’s and you are searching for a drugless alternative, please call Sotis Chiropractic and Hemispheric Integration Clinic at (401) 383-1711.