Learn about the causes of Tremors & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Tremors within New Zealand.
Therapies which may benefit Tremors
A tremor (trembling) is an involuntary movement involving the head,
arms or legs that occur because of conditions affecting the nervous
system. It can stem from a nervous disorder, disease or a side effect
of medication. Some reasons could be Drug/ Alcohol withdrawal, stress,
high salt levels, fatigue & medications.
Causes of tremors
Everyone experiences tremors from time to time particularly when
performing daily tasks or when holding an arm or leg out for a period
Other causes of tremors include:
- withdrawal from drugs or alcohol
- side-effects of certain medications
- stress, anxiety and anger (as the body is flooded with adrenaline)
- a diet with high salt consumption or excess caffeine
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- neurological disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, MS, stroke)
become a disorder when they are experienced frequently. This typically
occurs with the elderly but can affect people of all ages. Known as
'essential tremor', the condition can be hereditary and so is an
autosomal dominant disorder whereby the faulty gene responsible for the
condition is passed from parent to child.
Symptoms of tremors
The main symptom of tremors
is an involuntary or uncontrollable shaking. In essential tremor, nine
in 10 people experience trembling of the hands but the whole body can
be affected including the tongue and voice-box (which makes the voice
tremor typically begins in mid to late life and affects both sides of
the body particularly when trying to hold something in the hands.
Caffeine, stress,, physical activity and prescribed drugs can make
Diagnosis of tremors
In the first instance you should visit your GP if you experience
frequent tremors. The GP will take a medical history including asking
about any drug or alcohol consumption which may be the cause of your
While no specific test exists for tremors, the GP may
refer you for X-rays, urine tests, blood tests or MRI scans to rule out
any underlying causes. You may also need an EMG test to check for
electrical activity in the muscles.
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