Enhanced Physiologic Tremors: Everything You Should Know

If you’ve ever been to a psychology class, you’ve probably heard of the terms “physiologic tremors” and “enhanced physiologic tremors.” But what do they actually mean? In this post, we’ll break down what enhanced physiologic tremors are, how they’re different from regular physiologic tremors, and some of the possible causes. We’ll also discuss some of the research on enhanced physiologic tremors so that you can have a better understanding of this condition.

Are there any treatments for enhanced physiologic tremors?

There is no definitive answer, as the cause of enhanced physiologic tremors is not fully understood. However, there are a few potential treatments that may help to reduce the symptoms.

Some possible treatments include medications such as dopamine agonists or beta blockers, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes such as reducing caffeine intake and avoiding stressful situations. If the tremors are severe, surgery may be an option. Talk to your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you.

What Is a Enhanced Physiologic Tremor?

Tremors are irregular, rhythmic muscular contractions that make a body part appear to be shaking or quivering. Everyone experiences a little tremor when changing position or staying in one for an extended period of time. This is known as a physiological tremor.

Vibratory tremor, also known as physiologic tremors, are typically so minor that a person does not notice or perceive them. When a person holds his or her hands out straight in front of the body or is stressed or nervous, hand tremors may be more apparent.

An enhanced physiologic tremor is a more pronounced form of normal physiologic tremor. It can be caused by caffeine, stress, medications, or anxiety. The tremors are often rhythmic and may be accompanied by shaking or quivering in the affected body part.

There are two main groups of tremors:

  • Resting tremors: When the muscles are relaxed, such as when one’s hands are resting on his or her lap, these symptoms occur.
  • Action tremors: These are caused by the muscles being contracted as a result of voluntary movement. The majority of tremors are action tremors.


There are a few potential reasons why someone might experience enhanced physiologic tremors. One possibility is that the person is experiencing an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), in which case the tremors may be accompanied by other symptoms such as sweating, a racing heart, and weight loss. Another potential cause of enhanced physiologic tremors is Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurodegenerative condition that results in the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include shaking or tremor, stiffness and rigidity of the muscles, and problems with balance and coordination.


MS is short for multiple sclerosis, a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body, leaving people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

MS symptoms can be mild or severe, but all can disrupt daily activities. The most common symptoms are fatigue, mood changes, walking problems, numbness or tingling in the limbs, dizziness and blurred vision. These problems may come and go over time.

There is no known cure for MS, but treatments can help manage symptoms. Many people with MS continue to lead full and active lives.

Parkinson’s Disease:

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects 1 million people in the United States and 10 million worldwide. It arises from the death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain, most notably in a region called the substantia nigra. Loss of these cells leads to reduced production of dopamine, which is responsible for transmitting signals between nerve cells that control movement.

Symptoms of PD include physiologic tremor, rigidity, slowed movement, and balance problems. These symptoms often worsen over time. There is no cure for PD, but there are treatments available to help manage symptoms.


Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes muscle contractions and spasms, which can cause abnormal postures or movements. It’s considered a rare disorder, affecting about 200,000 Americans.

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and often change over time. They may include muscle spasms, cramps, or twitches in the arms, hands, legs, feet, or neck; twisting of the body; and difficulty swallowing or speaking. There is no known cure for dystonia and treatment focuses on managing symptoms.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2022 by Lucas Berg


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