How can I alleviate stress while dealing with dystonia?

It’s important to find ways to relieve stress if you have dystonia. Stress management strategies may be incorporated into a dystonia physical therapy program. Stress management may also mean taking more time for leisurely activities. Yoga or a soft martial art, such as Tai Chi, may increase fitness and relaxation simultaneously. Meditation can create a mental refuge from stress and aggravation.

Relaxation exercises also may be tailored to address specific motor problems. Relaxation techniques range from deep breathing, visualization and progressive muscle relaxation to local and generalized stretching.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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