What non-drug therapies are available for treating dystonia?

Non-drug approaches for dystonia may include methods that empower you to achieve greater awareness and control over your body. Ask your movement disorder specialist about these non-drug approaches:
  • physical therapy with a therapist who specializes in neurological conditions
  • aquatic (swim) physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech and/or voice therapy
  • relaxation and stress management

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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