What Is Dystonia?

Dystonia is a neurologic movement disorder. Symptoms include long-lasting muscle contractions, usually producing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When you move regularly, often other muscles not necessary for the movement contract.

Dystonia can affect:

  • a single body region (such as cervical dystonia, writer’s cramp),
  • multiple body regions (Meige syndrome or craniocervical dystonia), or
  • the entire body (generalized dystonia).


Treatment options may include: