"Cure" for muscle tics - how does it work? Many years ago, someone told me of a cure for muscle cramps that I assumed was an old wive's tale: you press or pinch your upper lip, between your mouth and nose, and maybe use a gentle rubbing. I rarely get muscle cramps but I do occasionally get muscle tics (twitches), so I tried this to see if it would help. Well lo and behold, this really works for me. Sometimes it takes 30 seconds or so of pressing, and sometimes it only works when the pressure is applied. This is the same spot that, when pressed, stops sneezes in their tracks. Is that the same mechanism? What exactly is the mechanism?