What is Dystonia?
Dystonia is the condition where your muscles contract involuntarily. Dystonia causes uncontrollable repetitive or twisting movements of the affected body part. Medications can help to subside dystonia symptoms. But again that has been found to be inconsistent. Surgery may be advised by the doctor when it is severe to regulate specific brain regions or nerves.
What are the symptoms of Dystonia?
The following could be the symptoms of Dystonia.
- Include involuntary muscle contractions that cause distorted postures or repetitive movements
- A single area gets affected first like you foot, hand or neck
- Can occur while you are doing specific activities like writing by hand
- It may worsen when you are stressed, tired or anxious
- Over time it may become more prominent
What causes Dystonia?
Medical Science has yet not been able to find out why dystonia occurs but the following may be a few possible reasons of why it does.
- Dystonia may be linked to altered nerve cell communication located in the basal ganglia, the area of the brain involved in initiating muscle contractions.
- Researchers have discovered that dystonia may be due to some genetic changes which have been inherited.
- It could sometimes be a symptom of other disorders or conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Wilson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, birth injury, stroke, brain tumor, Paraneoplastic syndromes, infections like tuberculosis or encephalitis, reactions to certain medications and heavy metal or carbon monoxide poisoning
How complicated can dystonia get?
Dystonia can get quite complicated depending on its type. The following can be cited as the complications one may face when suffering from dystonia.
- Can lead to permanent physical deformities
- It can lead to physical disabilities that can affect your day-to-day activities or specific tasks
- It can cause functional blindness from dystonia that affects your eyelids which is called blepharospasm
- It your may end up with your head positioned to one side or pulled forward or backward
- It can result in difficulty of jaw movement, swallowing or speech
- It can lead to pain and fatigue, due to constant contraction of the muscles
Apart from a toll on physical health it may also affect your mental health as it can lead to feelings of frustration, depression or anxiety.
How does Acupuncture help Dystonia?
- Comprehensive Pain Management can relieve pain and stiffness due to constant contraction of the muscles.
- Brain Activating Acupuncture gives more blood flow to the brain so as to correct its abnormal function and decrease the contraction.
- Acupuncture stress management will relieve symptoms like anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Are you a candidate to expect good results?
Acupuncture can help with the pain and stiffness for dystonia in all stages. For the following candidates, you can expect good results in relieving symptoms and decreasing contraction:
- People below 60 years old
- The onset is within 1.5 years
- You have a strong will to try acupuncture
- You are willing to adjust your diet to help the healing process
A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.
If you are looking out for a natural way to treat dystonia through traditional Chinese Acupuncture, book an appointment today with us to avail the best of Calgary Acupuncture.