Many of us have experienced a late night, followed by perhaps an unwanted early morning and overall lack of sleep. Or perhaps on the same day we had our normal cup or cups of coffee followed by soda pop and later an energy drink and topped it off with a mocha milkshake. It could be also that same day, our child broke their arm while playing at school, while we are at the mechanic’s being told what we thought was a $60 repair, turning into a $600 dollar repair during which our home security app freaks out letting us know someone tried to break in the front door. After all of this, we have this weird twitch in our eye that won’t go away.
So what is it?
In some cases, an eye muscle twitching is just that, a muscle twitch that is due to a nutritional imbalance, toxins (such as smoking) overuse of caffeine or increased stress. In some cases, it will go away on its own or with the intake of electrolyte minerals.
Eye twitching with increased blinking could be a sign of something called a blepharospasm, a possible indication of a neurological dysfunction. If you are unsure what is going on, it is best to get it checked out by a physician who can perform a neurological examination. One of the more common causes of blepharospasm is a neurological condition known as dystonia.
Dystonia is a neurological disorder where the muscles contract and/or twitch repetitively, or abnormally against a person’s will. The medical term broken down is dys– meaning ill or abnormal and –tonia meaning muscle tone or tension. Through research, it is believed dystonia is a problem with a portion of the brain known as the basal ganglia. This portion of the brain is known for keeping the brain in rhythm. When there is a problem with the basal ganglia, patients experience many issues with muscle spasms and at times difficulty walking and talking. Treatments for dystonia vary anywhere from surgical implants into the brain, to botox injections, and various other medications. Like all medical treatments, not all cases respond to surgery and medications.
New advances in functional neurological rehabilitation have demonstrated improvement in problems with the basal ganglia without invasive surgeries or side-effect riddled medications. These techniques help retrain the brain to re-wire itself and correct the dysfunction from the inside out. At Advanced Chiropractic we couple functional neurology with Neuro-Structural Corrective Chiropractic care and personalized nutrition. This whole body approach helps our a better body and a better brain.