For some dystonia warriors, exercise feels like a type of medicine, easing muscle cramps and releasing endorphins to aid in pain management.
It is recommended that you consult your physician about appropriate modes of exercise. For example, some PTs emphasize the importance of symmetrical exercises, such as walking/jogging, cycling, and swimming. Conversely, weight training may be contraindicated in dystonia warriors because of its effect on the neck muscles.
Focus PT in Bend, Oregon, has published an exercise regimen for dystonia warriors. This may be a good place to start in your conversation with your physician.
An ongoing study is examining the effects of exercise on the management of dystonia. If you’d like to participate or learn more, check out this link.
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