What are the Natural Treatments Available for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis?

Cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis does not have any medical treatment. There is however a process of natural treatments carried on for supporting proper muscle function and support nerves. Natural treatments help in the proper regulation of cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis. Lysine, magnesium and iodine are the effective elements of cure. Reduction in consumption of sugar is also beneficial.

Spasmodic Torticollis

  1. Lysine for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Lysine is one of the crucial amino acids that aid the condition of cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis. It reduces the level of anxiety in a person and increases the level of serotonin. The stressful condition can thus be bought under control using lysine. The damaged muscular tissues are hence repaired by the given nutrients and are rebuilt. The skeletal tissue formation helps in the treatment process.

  2. Magnesium for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Magnesium is a good nutrient which helps cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis. Magnesium is another principal nutrient necessary for proper body function. It controls the blood pressure, rhythm of heart and helps muscle as well as bone strength. It controls the flow of Vitamin C and calcium in the body for normal nerve functioning.

  3. Iodine for Cervical Dystonia Or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Iodine is another crucial element which contributes to the condition of cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis by removing toxins from the body. It controls the nervous system and utilizes calcium and silicon properly in the body.

    Cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis causes extreme pain due to the involuntary function of neck muscle. It develops with the growth of age and can be brought under control by natural remedies.

What is Dry Needling Treatment for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis?

Once you have decided to go for the dry needling treatment, you should consult one or two physicians for second opinion and confirmation.

Cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis is treated effectively by dry needling (DN) formula. The treatment is based on neuromuscular and neuroskeletal study i.e., neuro-anatomy. Needles are inserted in the muscles in the point where the pain originates from. The needles are absolutely fine-filaments. The original point of pain is thus bought under a relaxed position.

An immediate relief from pain is achieved in cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis by using the DN (dry needling) formula. It is helpful in treating extreme type of pain in sufferers of cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis. People have been back to normal life by this treatment. Even extreme sufferers have gained back normal movement after this treatment when they combined this treatment with manual therapy. Proper body balance and health is regained by this treatment regime. A regular practice enhances the body postures and makes the person confident.

What Types of Complementary or Supportive Treatments are Available for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis?

Below is a mention of some of the supportive or complementary treatments for cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis:

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Reflexology
  3. Hypnosis
  4. Homeopathy
  5. Meditation
  6. Craniosacral therapy
  1. Acupuncture for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Acupuncture is the tradition Chinese alternate therapy of medication where the principles of medicine are based on the anatomy, pathology and physiology of the body. It is a natural way of stimulating the nerves present in the skin. It also stimulates the muscles and tissues with various effects.

    Acupuncture for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Acupressure therapy of medication can replace the botox injections treatment used for cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis to a great extent. It has effectively treated cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis and is recommended worldwide. It reduces the side effects of botox and is an entirely an organic procedure.

  2. Reflexology for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    This is another supportive treatment of cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis where the feet and hands are pressurized. The pressure creates an effect in the entire body. The patient is made to felt certain tension in the limbs which brings a pleasant relief. This therapy is also used in general pain, anxiety or depression commonly seen in cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis.

  3. Hypnosis for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    This is a psychological therapy which brings certain positive changes to the mind as well as body of the patient. The therapist hypnotizes the patient and offers her deep relaxation. The inner focus of the patient is thus enhanced and the pain is reduced effectively. Other pain, anxiety or depression can also be treated with this mental exercise. Several successful cases of cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollishave been registered under hypnosis. People are becoming more aware of this therapy with the number of successful cases around the world.

  4. Homeopathy for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Homeopathy is an alternative medical procedure to provide relief to the patient to the core. The healing provided under such medication is total after a great research and in depth analysis. The core reason of the disease is surfaced under this process and ultimately relieved. Homeopathy for cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis provides:

    • Natural treatment to the sufferer.
    • Treats as per the medical history of the patient; her general physic, personality and nature.
    • It identifies the core reason which causes the disorder and acts on it.
    • Dose of medicine is extremely low. Very little amount of regular medicine dose is prescribed to the patient. It works slowly but steadily and finally brings on a permanent relief. There is no chance of any sort of side effects in such medication.

    Homeopathy has answer to many or most ailments. A right integration of this procedure is effective in bringing back the patient in to normal life.

  5. Meditation or Autogenic Training as a Complementary Therapy for Cervical Dystonia Or Spasmodic Torticollis

    Autogenic training is a highly structured type of meditation and is a greatly accepted therapy. This is a natural way of healing the mind and body by utilizing the process of meditation. This is the way to keep you calm and balanced over any situation. Meditation is recommended for all sorts of physical and mental illness. Meditation is an effective complementary therapy in treating cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis naturally.

  6. Craniosacral Therapy for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

    This is one "hands on" therapy tested on cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollispatients for quicker posture correction. This procedure of releasing the body tension can be simultaneously carried with the medical treatment. This is a great way of muscle relaxation as well as pain release.

What is Botox Injection Treatment for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis?

Botulinum toxin injection or Botox injection is used under strict medical surveillance by a dystonia nurse, doctor or a physiotherapist. Botox injection is only delivered at hospital and is injected at the muscle spasm. This is measured by using an Electromyography Machine. Speak to your doctor about the Botox injection dose required for your cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis. They can suggest you the best depending on the seriousness of your cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis.

Botox Injection Treatment for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

The botox treatment continues to take its effect from 4 to 7 days of injecting. It may even take some more time for some people. This is an effective medication in most cases. The Botox effect remains in the body for a period of over 4 months. It may be longer for some people. It is good to consult the doctor once in every 12 weeks.

Are There any Neck Exercises Available for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis?

Graded Neck Exercises for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis

Graded neck exercises are a "step by step" formulation of the head movement towards its rectification. It is a gradual physical procedure to bring back the lost balance of the neck in cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis.

Note: For best results, make sure to practice simple deep breathing exercises half an hour before starting the below graded neck exercises. This will set the proper mood and if you are stressed, spend more time on deep breathing exercises and only then start the below exercises.

The exercises of neck have been graded in to two main ways. These are:

First way: The head is made to move very gradually in all the directions.

Second way: The head is tilted to a particular direction as a target to rectify the misbalance.

Head Passive Movement for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: Take help of your family member, nurse or care taker to move your head to a particular direction. Then again ask the helper to try move your head to all the directions. This exercise is particularly for those who cannot move their head at all by their own. The force used by the helper should be moderate and regular. No extra force should be inserted with an objective to get better result. However it can have reverse effects if so done.

Head Active Movement for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: This is for the ones who can move the head on their own. The simple task of all direction head movement has to be carried out regularly. The task can be better performed in front of a mirror. It enhances the techniques as well as the moral of the patient. The movements will be gentle and without any excessive force. The movement should be established in all the directions. However if there is any pain felt in any particular area, it should be taken care of and reported to the doctor. A gentle movement of head is good for the quick correction of the problem. The mirror effect is for the confidence upliftment in the patient. As she finds her in a successful position in moving the neck and witnesses it, the moral is naturally boosted.

Body and Head Straight Movement for Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: It is very important to keep the head straight. Many of the cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollissufferers are so depressed with the extreme pain of the disorder that they do not even know the inclination of their head. The straight inclination of head is very much required for a quick recovery. Use a mirror to inspect the inclination of the head. Check your chin to be in a position which is parallel to the floor. Touch your chin by yourself and adjust the position by your own. Practice this exercise as many times a day you can. This is effective in gradually correcting the posture of the neck and it tends to gain more balance. Regular practice will bring faster changes in the body.

Correct Posture During Sitting: It is necessary to maintain a correct posture as you sit down. Stand straight from your chair and try to maintain the body balance as you proceed towards sitting again. Pull back your head to maintain the posture of the neck. Tuck your chin backward as your neck falls down. The SCM (sternocleidomastoid) muscles thus get a chance to relax. You can practice this posture making in front of a mirror when no one is around. If you are sitting for a long time somewhere, you can practice doing the same mechanism. The chin tucking exercise is one of the most beneficial exercises in cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis. More patients have got back the confidence of social dining due to the effects of this exercise. This has been effective from saving the person from the extreme pain during this phase. The confidence is highly uplifted after the successful accomplishment of the physical performance.

A regular work out is necessary for better results. It assures the head to be free from getting frozen.

Caution:

A qualified physiotherapist should be consulted before trying any of the above mentioned exercises. The frequency of the exercises and the specific exercise to be followed has to be prescribed by a medical practitioner first. Continue with the other medical instructions you are under along this.

These exercises can bring adverse effects when performed without doctor's prescription.

Be ready to face the risks if you are practicing them on your own will. Even after doctor's prescription you should keep them posted about all the updates.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: November 10, 2015

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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