What non-traditional therapies can help treat dystonia?

Complementary care can be a very important part of a personalized dystonia treatment plan.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation encourages individuals with dystonia to consult a movement disorder specialist, and to talk to their doctors about all non-traditional therapies including supplements, devices and techniques.

Speak with your doctors, support group leaders and other people with dystonia to help discover complementary therapy options that may be an option for you. Explore the following possibilities:
  • relaxation techniques
  • body-mind techniques such as yoga, meditation and the Feldenkrais Method
  • gentle and controlled physical exercise, including Pilates and soft martial arts such as qigong
  • a personalized exercise program created in partnership with a qualified physical therapist
  • biofeedback
  • acupuncture for pain relief

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.