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.

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