At the time of this article it is Dystonia Awareness Week (May 3rd through May 11th 2014) and we are trying to spread awareness primarily through the educational and awareness outreach video we created and can be viewed below.
This article is not intended to go into depth but to provide the basics of dystonia and perhaps pave the path for future articles. In fact, my good friend and sufferer of dystonia Stasha Haynes may be guest blogging here on Doctor Scott in the future. She believes in the power of nutrition, natural healing and spirituality to heal and maintain her body from the ravages of dystonia. You can listen to and view her experiences via her videos on her YouTube channel youtube.com/stashahaynes.
Dystonia is a neurological disorder or condition where the brain improperly communicates to the muscles of the body. The condition causes involuntary muscle spasms and contractions. The body is forced into awkward and often painful movements and postures. It is a degenerative condition and currently has no cure.
Dystonia educational video
There are various forms or types of dystonia
Generalized Dystonia – Causes cramping and twisting in the feet, limbs and torso
Cervical Dystonia / Spasmodic Torticollis – Involuntary movements and postures in the neck
Oromandibular Dystonia – Involuntary movement in the face, jaw and/or tongue
Hand Dystonia / Writer’s Cramp – Causes the fingers to curl and the hand and forearm to cramp
Spasmodic Dysphonia / Laryngeal Dystonia – Contraction of vocal cord muscles
Blepharospasm – Uncontrollable blinking or eye closure
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
American Dystonia Society
The Dystonia Society
Personal experiences of individuals with dystonia
Dystonia and Me – Blog
Stasha Haynes – YouTube Channel
Spread awareness through social media
Thunderclap for Dystonia
Dystonia blue ribbon profile badge
Use this profile badge on your social media accounts to help spread awareness for dystonia!