Tics and Twitches
Tics and twitches are the involuntary contractions of a muscle or a group of muscles. There are many types of tics and twitches and a number of causes, ranging from mild to serious. Symptoms include:
A brief, flicking sensation that is confined to a small part of the body, it usually indicates A harmless involuntary muscle contraction
Repetitive, purposeless, uncontrollable contraction of an individual muscle or a group of muscles which usually occurs in the arms, shoulders or face
More severe trembling
Most tics and twitches are childhood afflictions, the most common being excessive blinking or the mouth twitching and they are all signs of a minor psychological disturbance, fortunately most children will grow out of this. Some tics and twitches are caused by neurological disorders, which resulted from brain damage at birth, head trauma or the use of certain medications. If you are experiencing any trembling or shaking of the body or limbs the most common reason is drinking too much coffee or withdrawing from alcohol abuse.
Exercise regularly, eat well and try to avoid drinking to much alcohol and caffeine.
The best way to prevent tics and twitches is to avoid fatigue, caffeine and stress. Replace the coffee with herbal teas and coffees that are made from roasted cereal grains, carob and dandelion roots.
When to seek further professional advice
If your tic or twitch is persistent and occurring frequently.
Herbalist recommend taking hops as it may ease the symptoms of facial tics and twitches.
Tension is often the greatest cause of tics and twitches, and they will normally go away if you reduce your stress levels and relax more often. If you ever experience any twitches after taking medication, consult your doctor so that he can prescribe you something else. If you are suffering from any severe and persistent tics and there is no clear physical cause, your doctor will prescribe medication to try to control them.
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