Non-Drug Therapies

A movement disorder specialist may recommend non-drug approaches in conjunction with traditional treatments.

Non-drug approaches may include physical and occupational therapy as well as speech or voice therapy if appropriate. These approaches empower the individual with techniques to help achieve greater awareness and control over the body. Feel free to ask  your movement disorder specialist about the following non-drug approaches:

  • Physical therapy with a physical therapist who  specializes in neurological conditions
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and/or voice therapy
  • Relaxation and stress management


Presentation by Catherine Chan, MPT

Managing Dystonia through Exercise and Physiotherapy

Videos, courtesy of DMRF: 

Physical Licensed Occupational Therapist and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner Richard Sabel provides a fascinating overview of the role of OT, PT, and additional integrative therapies for dystonia.

Dystonia and Physical Therapy - Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, Western University of Health Sciences

Page last updated 2021

Last update: Nov 2022