Some people with Tourette Syndrome experience blocking phenomena, which is an inability to move. Patients tend to get stuck in awkward and painful positions that can be highly debilitating.
Although some people with Tourette Syndrome experience brief times when their bodies are locked in awkward and debilitating positions, prolonged and highly agonizing periods of immobility also occur in some patients. Despite how emotionally and physically disabling this experience can be, research on the cause and treatment is highly limited.
Blocking is thought to be related to tics, OCB/OCD or a Functional Neurological Disorder. People who suffer from blocking may also have more than one of these conditions.
CBIT Therapy is developing strategies to prevent and interrupt freezing postures caused by blocking phenomena. Above all it is important to keep the patient safe. At times this may involve helping them to the floor so they do not fall. Tensing muscles more may help to release the body. Practicing tensing and relaxing during stable times is important. Slowly gazing up and down when the rest of the muscles are stuck may also be useful to break the grip.
The most effective strategy for blocking seems to be managing preceding tics with CBIT.
Please contact us for more information about blocking phenomena, Tourette Syndrome, and tics.