At present, dystonia remains a difficult condition to treat. Many dystonia sufferers have to continue their jobs and daily responsibilities, and at the same time try to cope with their condition. The stress inoculation techniques described in our information sheet were originally developed by Dr Meichenbaun and others in America and have been successfully used by many individuals to cope with a variety of stressful situations.

The value of these self-help techniques for dystonia sufferers was assessed in a project carried out by Marjan Jahanshahi and Professor David Marsden, which was partly funded by the Dystonia Society. The results suggested that the use of these techniques helped dystonia sufferers cope with their illness in everyday situations. We hope that regular use of these self-help techniques will be of value to you.

Click here to download our information sheet on these techniques.


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.