Facial Tics - Manifestation And Hypnotherapy Treatments

Published: 07th June 2010
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Facial tics are characterized by rapid, apparently unintentional muscle contractions of entire muscle groups in the face. These contractions are frequently recurring in nature, and appear to have no actual point. Common tics are exaggerated eye blinking, squinting, nose wrinkling, facial grimacing or even vocalizations such as throat clearing or grunting. Tics often begin during childhood, and often resolve as the child ages. This is not always the case, though, and many people continue to experience tics as they enter adulthood.



Tics often increase in regularity as a person feels tension or discomfort. People who suffer from tics tell us that they are able to sense a tic as it approaches. It's often described as an overwhelming feeling of tension and the compulsion to engage the tic to break the tension; somewhat akin to the approaching urge to yawn or sneeze which relieves the victim. Controlling a tic can cause tension, which can lead to the onset of another tic. Tics are often described as being unconscious but research and reports from victims indicates they are indeed voluntary motions that can be controlled by the sufferer.



A tic can be seen as a simple tic, as in mouth twitches, grunting or facial grimaces or can be more complex such as is often seen in Tourette syndrome. Simple tics are more usual than complex tics, but they can be just as disturbing to the individual; while a facial tic does not cause physical pain to the sufferer, it often causes social problems or mental distress.



Especially children, can have a difficult time living with a tic due to mocking from other kids, or teachers who don't fully appreciate the difficult situation the child is in. While tics are often described as not being totally involuntary, control of a tic is difficult to establish, especially in children. Children often do not establish the skills to recognize a tic onset as well as an adult.



Adults often face serious trouble in their lives when living with a facial tic. Social problems are quite common, and even when tics are generally controlled the adult can become very fatigued by the recurrent need to identify the onset of and control the tic impulse. Adults and children alike may suffer from self-esteem or self-worth issues due to their continual suffering from a disease that often causes them to become social outcasts.



Relieving a victim of the pain of a facial tic can change that person's life. Self-worth generally improves, and social anxiety is no longer a strength holding an individual back from experiencing a meaningful life. In children, relieving a tic may permit the child to develop with less stress while he/she has a happier childhood.



Over the years, many treatments for tics have been used with varying degrees of success. Counseling or psychotherapy can help uncover the emotional causes of a tic, and may help a person better understand how to combat the urge to do their tic. Sedatives and other forms of medication sometimes do well in cases of simple tics. These medications often come saddled with unwanted side effects, so many people search for alternative treatments.



Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) methods have been developed specifically for the purpose of dealing with facial tics. Since facial tics are not firmly involuntary in nature, these treatments aim to change the sufferer's unconscious response to the onset of a tic episode such as throat clearing or facial grimacing. In most cases this can be done by allowing the unconscious mind to avoid the tic's onset. In some extreme cases, however, the victim's response will be redirected to some innocuous portion of the body such as twitching a toe instead of facial muscles.



Facial tics can be an uncomfortable life-affecting problem. Children and adults alike can suffer greatly from the existence of a facial tic such as grunting, nose wrinkling, facial grimaces, mouth twitches, squinting or eye blinking. Eliminating a facial tic can prove very helpful to the sufferer on an emotional level.



Although several treatments have been developed to combat facial tics, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy aim to utilize natural unconscious methods of redirecting the tic response. This type of help has great benefit over other methods such as psychotherapy, which may not treat the tic behavior at all, or attempt to modify the conscious feeling about tic behavior.



Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy also do not suffer from the unwanted side effects of drugs. This beneficial method of treatment can also reduce tension and worry in the victim's life, thereby both reducing the impulse to form a tic and proving an advantage in everyday life. Due to these factors, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy are often the safest, most preferred methods of treatment for tic sufferers.





Alan B. Densky, CH offers facial twitch hypnotherapy CD's as well as a wide variety of popular titles for all anxiety related problems. For entertainment and learning visit his Free hypnotherapy video library at his Neuro-VISION NLP website.

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