Professor Lynley Bradnam discusses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment option for Dystonia sufferers. An ADSG member shared their Dystonia experience in this article.
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For nearly 20 years, Sylvia May has not been able to hold her head straight. The muscles in her neck are in constant spasm, meaning her head tilts permanently to one side in an often painful position.
Though her symptoms began in 2000, it was nearly six years before the neurological disorder dystonia was diagnosed. “I went to physios, GPs, had neck X-rays – everything appeared normal,” she says, “but clearly there was something wrong.”
There are few treatment options for people such as May, but there are positive signs from the early results of research into an unusual therapy using magnetic pulses to the brain.
Physiotherapy professor Dr Lynley Bradnam is trialling the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain in dystonia sufferers, and it seems the treatment may improve mobility and quality of life, and reduce pain levels.
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