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TENS Therapy for Tourette Syndrome

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by the occurrence of vocal and motor tics. Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations that occur in bouts, typically many times in a single day, and are often preceded by a strong urge-to-tic, premonitory urge (PU). Various neurological dysfunctions causes TS.

How does TENS Therapy Help?

Non-invasive brain stimulation delivered to cortical motor areas can modulate cortical motor excitability, entrain brain oscillations, and reduce tics in TS.


  • Rhythmic median nerve stimulation can entrain sensorimotor mu-band oscillations

  • •Mu-band entrainment has minimal effect on volitional movement or cognition

  • •Mu-band entrainment significantly reduces motor and vocal tics in Tourette syndrome

  • •Mu-band entrainment reduces the urge-to-tic in Tourette syndrome


Pad Placement: Right Wrist

TENS Settings: Pulse Rate 12Hz, Mode: B, Pulse Width: 100 Microseconds

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