Cervical Dystonia

Cervical dystonia is a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to twist or turn to one side. Sometimes the contractions are sustained and other times the neck muscles spasm, causing a repetitive, jerky movement of your head. Spasmodic torticollis is a form of dystonia.

There are various types of dystonia, identified by where they occur in your body and what causes them. All involve involuntary muscle contractions that cause repetitive, often twisting movements, which produce sustained abnormal postures.

Cervical Dystonia
  • Hypnotherapy can play a part as a single treatment or as part of a combination of treatments. It is the power of suggestion that is extremely effective in helping people cope with pain, and that often release them from pain altogether that is most effective in the treatment of dystonia.

Dystonias involving only one limb or body part (trunk, neck, face) are referred to as "focal". Spasmodic torticollis is the most common type of focal dystonia. Spasmodic torticollis can occur at any time from birth to adulthood, but most often it occurs in young adults. It's more common in women. Spasmodic torticollis usually begins gradually and then reaches a point where it doesn't get any worse.

For a few people there can be a spontaneous remission, but often the signs and symptoms relapse. A variety of treatments are available, and your symptoms may ease with one or a combination of these treatments.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy can play a part as a single treatment or as part of a combination of treatments. It is the power of suggestion that is extremely effective in helping people cope with pain, and that often release them from pain altogether that is most effective in the treatment of dystonia. Hypnotherapy works by enabling sufferers of dystonia to tap into the brains unused mental powers and create a divertion or block to the pain. Under a state of relaxation, absorption and focus they can take on board suggestions that give the subconscious mind control over the signals and physical factors that contribute to dystonia.

Your focus will be directed away from your condition so that you are less worried and stressed about it. Stress can exacerbate a condition, so dealing with this is as important as dealing with the discomfort of the condition.

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