What are the goals of physical therapy in the treatment of dystonia?

The goals of physical therapy (PT) for dystonia are to:
  • increase and preserve range of motion and mobility needed for function
  • strengthen weakened muscles that may be underused in the presence of dystonia movements
  • promote awareness of posture and maintenance of the best body posture
A physical therapy program may involve:
  • visits with the therapist
  • exercises to practice at home
  • adjustments to one's schedule or surroundings
Physical therapy is tailored to your needs and circumstances. Frequent re-evaluation of the dystonia and re-assessment of your personal needs are necessary to optimize benefits from the physical therapy program.

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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