A case study published in the June 30, 2011, issue of the journal Topics in Integrative Health Care documents the improvement of a woman with Tourette Syndrome undergoing an integrated approach which included chiropractic, nutrition, and neurologic exercises.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, "Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes people to make repeated, quick movements or sounds that they cannot control. These movements or sounds are called tics."
In this case, a 27-year-old woman was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome while still a dependant of her father who was serving in the military. Initially, a military general physician examined her and then referred her to a military neurologist.
The "tics" that the woman was experiencing included an eye blink that could progress to a neck and shoulder shrug and could include her whole upper extremity. She also experienced a vocal component that included throat clearing, sniffing, and making a short shrill cry described as a squeak. Additionally the woman experienced an obsessive-compulsive disorder component of the Tourette syndrome which she described as things like making sure that her socks must fit exactly; or chewing her gum a certain number of times.
An examination was performed that, in addition to other findings, showed postural problems including a forward head position. Care was initiated which included chiropractic, eye exercises, audio therapy and the recommendation of a diet free of processed sugars and flours along with nutritional supplementation.
In this case, the results were immediate with the study authors reporting that, "After the initial treatment, the patient stated she felt an immediate reduction in the intensity of her tics and slept uninterrupted for 8 hours that night, and that the reduction continued the following day." After two weeks of care, the study noted continual improvement documenting that the woman experienced, "a reduction in tic response to stressful situations and compulsions. She reported more restful sleep, and her husband also noted that she had not been talking in her sleep or awakening during the night."