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Other approaches to help manage TS

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle 

There are many different ways of generating health and well-being, the most obvious being a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise.

Although there is no medical evidence to suggest that a particular diet is better suited to people with TS, many people notice that their tics worsen when they eat foods that contain additives, artificial colourings and high levels of sugar. As is generally advised, a diet rich in fresh and natural foods, containing plenty of vitamins and minerals, is a great approach to supporting your general health and well-being.

Generally exercise is good for your health, and for many people with TS, exercise brings relief of their symptoms. However, some people find that too much physical activity worsens their tics. Therefore exercise should be moderated around what works for you.

Researchers are interested in the relationship between exercise and managing TS, you can learn more by watching videos on our You Tube channel.

As physical tics often lead to aches and pains, gentle stretching every day can help maintain relaxed and supple muscles.

2018 saw the first recorded guided relaxation designed specifically for people with TS and tic disorders.  The recording is designed to function as another strategy to help people manage their tics.  You can read more about the guided relaxation and purchase the recording here

The Mindfulness Centre of Excellence -  a secular hub for training, research and exploring new ways of disseminating mindfulness understanding and awareness - published an article on their website in early 2018 about Mindfulness Practices for people with TS which you can read here

There is anecdotal evidence amongst the TS community which suggests that certain practices and therapeutic approaches has a positive impact on how people manage their condition.

Different therapies and practices that may help with TS

Different therapies and practices that may help TS include:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Bodywork
  • Aromatherapy
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Hypnotherapy

However, there is little evidence to support the effectiveness of complementary therapies in general.

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