I have found a technique that has helped me with my tourettes tics that may really help you others out there as well. No one told me this, I just thought of it myself. I suppose you could call it reversal therapy, like I have read a little bit about on the net.
For years I have been frustrated and embarrassed with my facial tics, mainly blinking. I had long given up on stopping my tics and I began to think of other movements or muscle contractions that I could perhaps train myself to become addicted to instead. Since I seem to only perform one tic at a time, I thought it would be a miracle if I could train myself to have the urge to have a tic that was internal and invisible. I had read somewhere about a movement called the "kegel". This can be done by both men and women, and it is the muscle between your legs that you contract to stop the flow of urine. If you look it up on the net you'll find it is an easy exercise to do that is actually healthy for sexual function.
It has been a long difficult challenge to train myself to have the urge to kegel instead of the urge to blink, but I have made significant
progress! The key was to have constant reminders to perform the kegel, thus making it a habit. I would do things like write a big letter "K" on a note pad and stick it on the side of my computer monitor to remind me to kegel whenever I saw it. Lately I have programmed the "Timer" feature on my digital Timex watch to beep every 8 minutes. When I am alone, I set my watch to beep like this and I remember to kegel as much as I can when I hear the beep. I am now like Pavlov's dog, kegelling without even really thinking about it when my watch beeps. I can often forget that I am ticcing and the kegel becomes addicting, like my usual tics, and I sustain it as long as I possibly can. Whenever I notice myself ticcing in any way other than the kegel, I get right back on it; always reprogramming my subconscious.
I am extremely determined to win this battle, and make my main tic the kegel; completely invisible and harmless. I have been doing this for a long time now and it has been harder than I thought it would be to completely give up blinking in favor of the kegel, but I am getting VERY close. When I am in a social setting and talking face-to-face with people, I can perform endless kegel contractions, over and over and over, with very little excess blinking. I am very aware of my tourettes and I never forget to kegel when I am talking to people. Most people notice nothing unusual about me, since all my intense tic energy is going to an invisible activity.
If you are going to try this PLEASE, be careful and patient! At first, contracting this muscle repeatedly for any length of time may overwork it. Like any other muscle, you must build its strength and endurance gradually over a period of time. It will take a fair amount of time before this movement feels more like a temping tic and less like a tiring exercise. I would suggest starting off with 10 a day, or until you feel slight discomfort. Leave it for the next day and gradually increase the number of contractions and frequency of the exercises until this muscle does not tire easily, and you can contract it repeatedly without discomfort. After several months I can now do well over 100 in a row without any strain.
You could also try substituting static abdominal contractions, but this is a bit more difficult and is not always free of movement. Automatic ripped abs anyone?
The ultimate goal here to is to become forever addicted to this new, invisible tic. If you can't stop the tics, simply relocate them! If you
have mild and annoying physical tourettes symptoms like I do, and if you can master this, you will appear completely normal and
tourettes-free to others for the rest of your life. Isn't that worth overcoming the challenges?
GOOD LUCK! Print this out now! Use a notepad or watch beep reminders! Go get a Timex watch! Get your life back! Please forward this to other TS sufferers!
Best wishes fellow TS copers!