Alternative treatments for dystonia haven't been well-studied, but some people find that some of these therapies are helpful.
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- Biofeedback. During a biofeedback session, electronic devices monitor your body's functions, such as muscle tension, heart rate and blood pressure. You then learn how to control your body responses, which may help reduce muscle tension and stress.
- Meditation. In meditation, you quietly reflect and focus your mind on an idea, image or sound. Meditation may reduce stress and promote relaxation.
- Acupuncture. During an acupuncture session, a trained practitioner inserts tiny needles into many specific points on your body, which may help your muscles relax.
- Yoga. Yoga combines gentle stretching movements with deep breathing and meditation. Yoga may improve your relaxation, muscle strength and flexibility.
- Pilates. Pilates strengthens your muscles through gentle, controlled exercises and incorporates a focus on your breathing.
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