How can complementary care help treat dystonia?

Traditional western practices, such as medications and surgery, have long been effective at diagnosing health problems and assigning treatments, but they may not fully address how patients live every day. These medical fields are slowly incorporating treatments outside of the traditional scope to better assist patients and to treat the "whole person" -- body, mind and spirit. Today, complementary therapy may play an active role in your treatment of dystonia. It’s intended to be used along with traditional therapies. To avoid any interactions and potential problems, it is important to have open communication with every doctor and practitioner you work with.

It also is very important that any practitioners of complementary therapies who you consult are familiar with dystonia or willing to learn about it prior to treating you. The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation can provide materials to help you educate your healthcare professionals.

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.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.