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Can hypnotherapy help tics & Tourettes syndrome?

Hypnotherapy can significantly reduce tics and anxiety

Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) is estimated to affect over 300,000 people in the UK and many of these individuals struggle with other conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Developing new neural pathways through hypnosis techniques

People living with the complex neurological condition Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (Tourette’s Syndrome) make involuntary and uncontrollable muscle movements, vocalisations and sounds that are known as motor and phonic ‘tics’. Hypnotic techniques can develop new neural pathways, help to calm your nervous system and control your tics. By combining hypnotherapy with proven techniques like Habit Replacement Therapy (HRT) our Helen has successfully worked with many clients who are living with Tourette’s Syndrome to reduce tics, mental health conditions and related anxiety.

Tics are experienced in different ways and often change over time with varying intensity.  The tics can be repetitive behaviour or sounds like someone clearing their throat, sniffing, coughing, grunting, blinking or snorting.

How tics can be related to anxiety and stress

The physical symptoms of TS can become more pronounced due to stress and other mental health conditions.  Heightened “anxiety can also manifest in other situations such as a fear of being around other people, anxiety in social situations, tension in relationships at home, school or work” – The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) However, many patients have the ability to suppress their tics when they are focussing intently on activities such as playing an instrument or meditating.

Hypnotherapy can assist people who wish to control facial tics and redirect their muscle spasms. Through the unconscious mind, we help clients to identify the root cause of their impulsive behaviour.

The four tic disorders are known as Tourette’s Syndrome, Chronic Motor Disorder,  Vocal Tic Disorder and Transient Tic Disorder. Tourette syndrome is a complex syndrome probably brought about by a blend of elements such as genetic and environmental factors and neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin. Conditions often associated with Tourette syndrome include sleep disorders, depression, anger management problems and anxiety disorders.

How hypnosis can help reduce frequency and intensisty of tics

Hypnosis achieves a restful altered state for clients to receive suggestions and release tension. Suppressed body tension causes tics and thus, by releasing these feelings you can effectively manage your bodily behaviour and learn to understand and cope with your condition.

Get in touch with Helen for an informal chat to find out more about how hypnosis techniques can help you reduce and overcome tics.

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