Dystonia causes involuntary and sometimes painful muscle spasms as a result of incorrect signals from the brain. These muscle spasms can force affected parts of the body into abnormal movements or postures. Dystonia can affect speech, sight and mobility.

This document provides:

  • An authoritative guide to best practice for health/social care professionals who are involved in the treatment and support of people with dystonia and their families.
  • Guidance for managers responsible for configuring health services on the key issues relating to dystonia and best practice for delivery of services.
  • Information about the impact of dystonia on people’s lives – to give an insight into common problems and to enable the professionals involved to take positive steps towards resolving them.