How effective are chiropractic treatments for cervical dystonia?

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People with dystonia should exercise extreme caution in considering traditional chiropractic care to address their dystonia symptoms. Because of the nature of chiropractic adjustments and the nature of dystonia, there is some clear potential for harm. Gentle massage may help temporarily alleviate muscle tension, but before seeking treatment from a chiropractor or massage therapist (or any complementary therapy practitioner) you must be completely confident that the practitioner fully understands dystonia and the implications of your individual symptoms.

This content originally appeared on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website at www.dystonia-foundation.org.

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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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