Innovations and Treatments in Managing Intention Tremors

Are you having trouble with everyday tasks like using utensils or drinking from a cup? Do you struggle with hand-eye coordination? These could be signs of intention tremors.

Tremors are uncontrollable shaking movements that affect different parts of the body. But intention tremors are a bit different. They usually affect the limbs and the muscles used for speech. These involuntary movements happen when trying to do voluntary actions, like threading a needle, drinking from a cup, or pointing at something. Dealing with intention tremors can be frustrating and disrupt daily activities, such as walking, getting dressed, and eating.

Let's explore intention tremors in more detail and discover ways to manage them.

Intention Tremors vs Essential Tremors

While intention and essential tremors are involuntary shaking of the body, known as tremors, they have distinct characteristics and causes.

Intention tremors occur when a person is trying to perform a specific movement, such as reaching for an object or touching their nose. These tremors tend to worsen as the person gets closer to their target.

On the other hand, essential tremors typically occur during voluntary and resting motions. These tremors are usually inherited and may worsen with stress, caffeine, or fatigue. Essential tremors are not typically associated with other neurological conditions.

What Causes Intention Tremors?

Intention tremors can be like a puzzle with many pieces. The exact cause is often unclear, but several things can lead to these frustrating intention tremors.

Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes uncontrollable shaking, especially in the hands. While essential tremor is most often linked to resting tremors, it can also cause tremors during movement in some cases.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) disrupts the communication between the brain and the body, which may cause intention tremors.

Cerebellar Dysfunction/Lesions

The cerebellum is a part of the brain responsible for coordinating movement and balance. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, or traumatic brain injury can all lead to damage to the cerebellum and result in intention tremors.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is another neurological disorder that can cause intention tremors. In Parkinson's disease, the brain produces less dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate movement. This can lead to tremors, including intention tremors, as well as other movement-related symptoms.


Feeling anxious or stressed? It's common to experience shaky hands when you have anxiety. This can resemble intention tremors.


Certain medications can also cause intention tremors as a side effect. If you are experiencing tremors and taking medication, it is crucial to inform your healthcare provider to determine if the medication could be causing tremors.

Neurological Condition

Intention tremors can sometimes indicate a neurological issue, such as Parkinson's disease or a stroke. Tremors may come with other symptoms related to the condition in situations like these.

Other Causes

In some cases, tremors caused by intention (when trying to move) may be due to other factors, such as withdrawal from alcohol, thyroid issues, or chemical imbalances. For some, the cause might be a rare genetic condition called, Wilson's Disease.

It's crucial to consult your doctor to identify the cause of your intention tremors. They can help you understand the root cause and create a personalized plan to manage them and improve your overall health.

Managing Intention Tremors

Intention tremors can be frustrating, especially when they make everyday tasks difficult or impossible. While there is no cure for intention tremors currently, there are effective ways to manage them. First, your doctor will focus on treating the underlying cause of your intention tremor. For example, if your medication is suspected to be the culprit, your doctor may recommend stopping it.

Here are other ways to manage intention tremors:

Non-Invasive Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and occupational therapists can help you with exercises and techniques that can improve your coordination, balance, and control. For people with intentional tremors, physical therapy may gradually reduce symptoms. If tremors make it hard for you to walk, gait training can help. This focuses on improving your walking pattern to prevent falls.

A non-invasive treatment plan for intentional tremors may include physiotherapy, vibrations on tendons, adjusting body position, relaxation exercises, and manual therapy techniques.

Physical therapies address the underlying cause and can help somewhat manage the condition. However, it is crucial to note that in some cases, patients may suffer permanent damage to the cerebellar structure or tracts, leading to irreversible tremors.

Wearable Devices

Nowadays, wearable devices can help individuals manage intentional tremors. Special devices, like wristbands or gloves, use sensors to detect tremors and provide gentle vibrations or feedback to help reduce their intensity. These wearable devices can be a convenient and non-invasive treatment option for individuals looking to manage their tremors on the go.

Traditional Medical Treatments

Depending on the cause and severity of intention tremors, healthcare providers may prescribe medications, including:

●      Beta-blockers

●      Anti-seizure medications

●      Benzodiazepines

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that places electrodes in specific areas of the brain. These electrodes send electrical signals that help control movement and regulate unusual brain activity. DBS can effectively reduce tremors in people with conditions like Parkinson's disease and essential tremors.

Schedule an Appointment with Chiro-Med!

Do you think that you might be dealing with intention tremors? Consult an expert for proper diagnosis and treatment options. Understanding how you can manage intention tremors can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.

At Chiro-Med, we provide personalized care and support to help you cope with your tremors. Contact us today and take the first step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle. We'll be there to guide you every step of the way!


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