Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle spasms and tremors which causes abnormal twisting of parts of the body. Dystonia affect almost any part of the body and for some people these abnormal twisting’s can be permanent while for others they can frequently change. Dystonia affects about 70’000 Australians and can result in both significant physical and social disability.
Exercise can help manage and alleviate Dystonia symptoms including poor balance, rigid and abnormal posture, reduced mobility and low activity stamina. Exercise as a treatment for people with Dystonia can also improve sufferers ability to complete activities of daily living and quality of life.
Goals of exercise should revolve around preserving and improving individuals functioning. Assessment of individuals with Dystonia can help establish:
Every individual is different which is why it is recommended you seek GP advice and have an Exercise Physiologist assess your condition personally. Below are some safe and general tips to help manage your symptoms.
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