Diet can be a challenge for people with dystonia. Some forms of dystonia make eating difficult and/or cooking difficult or dangerous. Also, constant activity can use up energy so it is important to get sufficient calories. Read more

Driving and dystonia

Having a medical condition or disability does not necessarily mean you cannot or will not be allowed to drive. However, it is essential that you discuss whether it is safe to continue driving with the consultant responsible for treating your dystonia (or, if you don't have a consultant, your GP) before continuing to drive. Read more

Dystonia and mental health

Mental health is a sensitive topic for many people with dystonia as many cases of dystonia are initially mistaken for a mental health (or psychological) condition. In the vast majority of cases, dystonia is a neurological illness and does not have a mental health cause. However, it is also increasingly understood, that although mental health conditions do not normally cause dystonia, there can be an important inter-relationship between dystonia and mental health in some cases. Read more

Dystonia and pain

Some people with dystonia are concerned by the level of pain that they experience. Pain is often associated with neck dystonia and generalised dystonia and can also affect people with other types of dystonia.  It is very much an individual experience and varies greatly from person to person. Read more

Dystonia and weight training

Push-ups and press-ups have become part of the life of young adults. In this article, Dr MH Marion explains why weight lifting is not advisable in cervical dystonia patients Read more


Information on self-help techniques that can help you cope with dystonia. Read more

Useful resources for carers

A list of contact numbers and websites that may be useful for carers. Read more

Useful resources for carers and parents of children with dystonia

A list of contact numbers and websites that may be useful for carers and parents of children with dystonia. Read more