Nervous Tics – Causes and Remedies

The condition usually affects the facial muscles; but sudden, uncontrolled movements of the limbs and sounds (such as grunts and throat clearing) can also occur.


Symptoms - Rapid, uncontrolled eye blinking; twitching of the muscles around the mouth; shrugging of the shoulders or jerking movements of the neck; involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, causing grunting or hiccups.


Causes – This uncontrolled muscle twitch is called a “tic.” It only lasts a fraction of a second and is painless. The muscle contraction may occur repeatedly. Nervous tics occur because a muscle or group of muscles controlled by peripheral nerves contracts repeatedly and involuntarily. The condition usually affects the facial muscles; but sudden, uncontrolled movements of the limbs and sounds (such as grunts and throat clearing) can also occur.

      Tics generally develop during childhood and occur more commonly in boys than girls. The cause is frequently unknown; but they may be associated with stress. This is more common in children who are tired or upset. When children are asleep, tics usually disappear. Sometimes the tics continue into adulthood.

      If a cool wind blows on one side of a person’s face when he is driving or sleeping, a muscle can be chilled and a tic can begin.

Natural Remedies

  • Do not scold the child or ridicule him. Instead, try to improve his diet and way of life. Perhaps too much is expected of him. He should have time for exercise and also time to rest.
  • The diet should be simple and non-stimulating. He should try to maintain a regular schedule. Deep breathing exercises will help him.
  • The nerves are nourished by the entire vitamin B complex, lecithin, calcium, trace minerals, and (to a lesser degree) by other vitamins and minerals. Set aside the processed, fried, and junk foods. And only eat nourishing food: fresh fruits and vegetables, plus lecithin and flaxseed oil (2 teaspoons). Take calcium daily (2,000 mg); it is a specific for relaxing the muscles.
  • Avoid stress and pressure. Choose to work relaxed. Do the best you can and be contented.
  • Try to solve learning disabilities. These add to the problem. Take time to study at school and do your homework. Learn to read, write, spell, and do basic math. But also get proper outdoor exercise.
  • Try to remain motionless for as long as possible, gradually increasing the amount of time, until it can be done for 5 minutes.
  • Stand in front of a mirror and try to repeat the tic. Oddly enough, this is almost impossible to do; but gradually, the attempt can help you gain control over the affected muscle.

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  1. this piece is really helpful for parents. I heard of children nervous easily but I don’t know the term “Tics”, new to me, and I’m surprised that usually more boys get this than girls, thanks for sharing with us on this, Gift.
    For adults like me, also feel nervous easily..

  2. Now, to say the truth, scared me!

  3. I have known someone who has something that probably has tics and the first time I noticed, I must say I got embarrassed for staring, but after a while I just realized that the tics were just part of who they were. I always wondered if they were painful or not, but didn’t want to bring it up.

  4. By the way, good article, my friend;)

  5. Excellent article, gift, I have heard of ” nervous tics”, but have never met anyone with this condition.

  6. A very helpful article for parents and young people. I think these tics seem to be more prevalent in those of a nervous disposition.


  7. You are very right

  8. Really helpful info here for parents and anyone really.


  9. Useful info, thanks.

  10. Informative article. Thanks for sharing.

  11. At first, I thought the article was gonna be about nervous ‘ticks’… LOL. Thanks for the info, mate! Now I know what’s wrong with my eye…

  12. Actually my grandson has developed “tics” . No stress was determined but it is directly linked to his diet. Something called red dye 40.

  13. Good to know. Liked it twice.

  14. I’ve never heard of this before prior to reading this. thanks for sharing.

  15. Another great shout for the kids, and the parents cheers

  16. Very insightful, I\’ve known people with tics. Thanks for sharing.

  17. great info && helpful article………

  18. My child too have this kind of condition. I definitely just take see him to a doctor, some helpful tips to deal with this tics. ;)

  19. I’ve this one – an involuntary eye blinking. Thank you for the remedies.

  20. BTW, I’ve shared this one in my blog.

  21. Thanks for the comments everyone.

  22. Very new information to me.

  23. This is very helpful, the remedies too!

  24. Thanks doc drelayaraja and wonder. :)

  25. i have a nervous tic when I eat in company if I feel people are looking at me when im eating now and again my head will toss. I think it is linked with my social anxiety. Can anyone help?

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