Hope and help for people suffering from cervical dystonia.

Dystonia falls under the umbrella of conditions known as movement disorders. It involves involuntary contraction of various muscles that produce odd postures and tremor-like movements. Traditionally dystonia was thought to be a result of malfunction of part of the brain known as the basal ganglia. This is the same part of the brain that malfunctions in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Recent research from Europe, suggests that dystonia not only involves abnormal movement in muscles and poor motor control, but also an abnormality in the sensory part of the nervous system. Researchers in Italy have found that patients suffering from dystonia have a distorted ability for their brain to know where their body is in space. This is a huge advancement in the understanding of dystonia because it opens up novel rehabilitation techniques for these patients. By treating the sensory abnormalities in addition to the involuntary muscle contractions, it may be possible to provide the patient with much better outcomes. There are a number of unique methods that may restore or improve the sensory deficits in patients suffering from dystonia that we employ in our office. Treating the sensory abnormalities with techniques like vestibular stimulation or noninvasive spinal cord stimulation has shown promising outcomes for patients suffering with dystonia. Another innovative rehabilitation technique is to combine eye-movement exercises as part of dystonia rehabilitation. We use these and other techniques to improve the sensory aspects of dystonia, while using more traditional techniques of rehabilitation to improve motor control in these patients.

Dystonia success (with patient’s permission)

Dr. Kukurin is board-certified in chiropractic neurology and also has completed chiropractic Advanced Practice training through National University of Health Sciences. He maintains active practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Phoenix, AZ.

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