You may need to find ways to adapt and might have to learn new ways to complete everyday tasks. However, it is possible to live well with the condition and Dystonia UK is here to support you through all stages including initial onset, diagnosis, finding treatment and beyond.

You may find these coping techniques helpful:

  • Vocal exercise (humming, speaking slowly, reciting nursery rhymes).
  • Volume control (talking softly or loudly).
  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Breathing deeper breaths, exhaling before speaking, not holding onto the breath.
  • Environmental control (talking one-on-one, not being interrupted).
  • Using voice early in the morning.
  • Sensory gestures (covering eyes, pinching nose).
  • Physical exercise (need to check exercise is appropriate with doctor before trying).
  • Mental aspects ("not thinking about it", keeping a good attitude).
  • Physical rest, vocal rest, warm liquids and laughing.