Many people with neck, hand or generalised dystonia report finding physiotherapy helpful. Because of the specialised nature of the movements in dystonia, this treatment needs to be provided by a specialist neuro-physiotherapist who has a knowledge of the condition.  Physiotherapy can only be successful if there is a commitment by the patient to do the regular exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist. Click here to learn more.

Physical exercise

Physical exercise can help improve flexibility, endurance and strength, lose weight and reduce tiredness. What works is specific to each individual – especially for people with dystonia where the severity and type of dystonia will affect which approaches are suitable. You should always check with your consultant before taking on a new exercise regime to ensure that it is appropriate to your condition. You also sometimes need to be careful about weight training. Click here to learn more. 


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. Click here to learn more. 


The Dystonia Society provides the information on this page as general information only. It is not intended to provide instruction and you should not rely on this information to determine diagnosis, prognosis or a course of treatment. It should not be used in place of a professional consultation with a doctor.

The Dystonia Society is not responsible for the consequences of your decisions resulting from the use of this information, including, but not limited to, your choosing to seek or not to seek professional medical care, or from choosing or not choosing specific treatment based on the information. You should not disregard the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider because of any information you receive from us. If you have any health care questions, please consult the relevant medical practitioner.