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May 08

Moving Your Twisted Body Through Dance

There are many of us who go through each day, struggling with the jiggling movements of our necks. The twisting contorted movements, or the quick swinging round of the head from the neck muscles spasming and moving wrong due to the Movement Disorder called Dystonia  . These neck movements of Dystonia are actually named ‘Cervical Dystonia‘. Dystonia can also effect many other parts of the body as well, with Cervical Dystonia making the natural freedom of movement restricted, and can make your body even walk wrong with problems as the neck is part of the mane column that holds the body up.
There are other neck movements called Spasmodic Torticollis, again a symptom of Dystonia. Spasmodic Torticollis, also known as a crick in the neck, wry neck or loxia, is a dystonic condition defined by an abnormal, asymmetrical head or neck position, which may be due to a variety of causes. The term torticollis is derived from the Latin words tortus for twisted and collum for neck. The most common case has no obvious cause, and the pain and difficulty with turning the head usually goes away after a few days, even without treatment.

 

I suffer from this Cervical Dystonia myself, and I am lucky enough to get Botox injections for my neck. Along with injections for my eye spasms called Blepharospasm, and injections in my cheek as my face also spasms which is called Hemifacial Spasm.
I found a video on YouTube which I think would be very valuable to others who have these conditions, and to give hope that you can help yourself, either on your own or alongside the other treatments you have.
https://youtu.be/DwkHK3rfKO0

 

In this YouTube video, you will see how Federico Bitti, rewired his brain through movement and dance and Neuroplasticity Movement Therapy.
I’m sure we can all find five minutes a day, just for ourselves to have one little dance to a song on the radio, or pop your favourite pop song on, or classical tune to sway to, then step it up little by little.
I have back problems, but I can dance with my arms and the truck of my body, and of course my neck. So there is no excuse to not give it a go, so go on give it go. What have we got to lose? Nothing. We can only gain from movement, and rewiring our own brains go for it!

 

Unfortunately as most of us know, people can also get Functional Dystonia. So any one who has the Functional Dystonia, come and join in too. We are all in this together, let’s makes ourselves better if we can, we have nothing to lose 😊
Thanks for reading folks, enjoy your days

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