Facial tics are brief, repetitive, irregular spasms of facial muscles. They can be extremely varied, but the most usual ones are eye blinking, facial grimacing, mouth twitches, nose wrinkling, squinting as well as throat clearing and grunting. Such tics are often symptomatic of nervous conditions such as Tourette syndrome. They commonly occur during childhood and often fade away within a few weeks, even though some can last much longer.
The causing factors of facial tics still are poorly understood, but a few things are thought to trigger or worsen the symptoms. Tics may result from some nutritional deficiencies such as a lack of magnesium, but they may also very often be symptoms of other diseases such as Tourette syndrome, whose causes are thought to be neurological, and, to a certain extent, genetic. Anxiety and stress have also been shown to provoke and considerably aggravate the frequency of facial tics.
Facial tics can be difficult to deal with everyday particularly for a child. Teachers, schoolmates and sometimes even parents, may not be able to understand how difficult it is to hold back tics, particularly for an extended period of time such as for instance a class. People will most often ask the child to "quit it", or may even make fun of him or her for having tics.
From facial grimaces to eye blinking, tics almost always feel inappropriate and embarrassing for adults and children alike. It is also tiring to have to try to control them all the time. This obsession may cause you to become overly self-critical and you may consequently start to lose self-confidence and to develop some kind of social anxiety.
It is nonetheless possible to eliminate this uneasiness and to avoid other people's awkward stares. There are ways to greatly reduce, and even sometimes totally cure, facial twitches, in order to find your peace of mind and have a fully normal life. You would never have to worry again about facial grimaces or handling any of those annoying twitches.
Facial tics are traditionally left untreated or, in some acute cases or when the tics are proven to be caused by Tourette syndrome, patients may be given neuroleptics which are also given to treat diseases such as attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorders. Such drugs were not designed to treat facial tics particularly and might not always work.
Furthermore, they are known to have many negative side effects both in the short and long run. Depression, insomnia, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and anxiety are only a few of the numerous negative side effects which are associated with such drugs. Some of them can even worsen tics in the long run! But there are however other ways of dealing with facial tics that are fully natural and free of negative side effects.
Methods that utilize hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) have been designed specifically in order to treat facial tics. They will help you reduce them over time. To understand how such methods work it is useful to know that tics are not an entirely physical disease and are not fully involuntary either. They are an answer to an unconscious urge to perform the movement of the tic. This desire unpleasantly increases as you try to avoid performing the movement. These urges also grow in frequency and intensity alike when the patient feels stress or anxiety or when placed in certain situations.
Facial tics are a way to relieve pressure when you are feeling anxiety or are coping with stressful conditions. Such an unconscious association could be treated using hypnosis and NLP, since they make it possible to alter the sort of behavior your unconscious triggers when facing certain situations. If acute, the therapist will suppress the facial tic by suggesting the unconscious make you move your toe instead. When the toe moves it is not visible or apparent to other people. Hypnosis also makes you become much more relaxed overall, so it is a stress relieving experience. It will help you eliminate both the stress and anxiety that worsen facial tics.
There are many different types of facial tics: nose wrinkling, eye blinking, mouth twitches, squinting, grunting, facial grimacing or throat clearing. If tics have physiological causes, there are very strong psychological factors too. Anxiety and stress are without a doubt the most considerable of those factors. Tics have their roots in the unconscious mind as an answer to states of stress or anxiety; using NLP and self-hypnosis you are able to change this association. Anxiety and stress can also be efficiently fought in the long run with the stress relieving and relaxing techniques of hypnotherapy, which will significantly diminish the occurrence of facial tics.
Alan B. Densky, CH offers facial twitches hypnotherapy programs as well as a broad range of popular titles for all anxiety related symptoms. For enjoyment and learning visit his Free video hypnotherapy library at his Neuro-VISION self-hypnosis website.
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