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Nov 13, 2020

An adult client has Tourette’s syndrome with tics that include various jumps and vocalizations. Her massage therapist notices a surprising change with supine neck work and a traditional craniosacral hold. What is Tourette’s syndrome? What are tics? And why might massage therapy have any kind of influence here? This is a mystery that deserves some attention.


Helpful resources:


Kenney, C. et al. “Tourette’s Syndrome.” American Family Physician 77, no. 5 (2008): 651–58.


Kompoliti, K. et al. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome.Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society 24, no. 13 (2009): 2015–19.


Pringsheim, T., et al. (2007). “Tourette Syndrome and Dystonia.Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 78, no. 5 (2007): 544.


Robertson, William C. “Tourette Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders: Practice Essentials, Background, Pathophysiology.” Last updated May 30, 2019. Accessed November 2020. 


Tourette Syndrome Treatments.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last updated May 13, 2020. Accessed November 2020.


“What is Tourette.” (n.d.). “Tourette Association of America.” Accessed November 2020.


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