For information on neck exercises click here
Other Tips from members:
- I touch the right hand side of my head or face which seems to stop my head turning
- I go swimming. Take part in Pilates classes. These are genetle exercises that relieve stress
- I avoid anything that jolts the neck and shoulders
- Watching TV and listening to music makes me more relaxed and makes the pain and spasms easier to cope with
- I put a newspaper down the back of my jumper to help with driving
- I find gentle massage really helpful
- Having physiotherapy really helps but they need to understand dystonia
- I use relaxation and meditative techniques
- Avoiding stress makes my dystonia better
- Avoiding losts of tea, coffee or other caffeine makes my dystonia less troublesome
- I need to eat a healthy diet otherwise I get tired which makes my dystonia worse
- I use a variety of high backed chairs or seats which reduces the discomfort
- I use my PC mouse with my left hand so I can support my head with my right
- I drive an automatic car so I can support my head with my right hand if I need to
- I try to keep people on my left hand side as it is easier to see them without straining
- I have an excellent pillow
- I do graded neck exercises (A video on this is available from the helpline)
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Last reviewed October 2011
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