Resources for Health Professionals

Dystonia Resources for Health Professionals


Beyond Dystonia: Are We Detecting and Managing Non-Motor Symptoms Properly? by Dr. Davide Martino

Watch a presentation by Dr. Davide Martino where he presents studies and findings on non-motor symptoms in patients with dystonia, with a focus on understanding the clinical spectrum, how to detect them, and how best to manage them. Click here for more details. 

TWSTRS Rating Scale

TWSTRS.pdf ©WE MOVE™ 2002


Note: For disability and pain in the scale, it is like a "visual analogue scale" commonly used in pain research where 0 is no pain and the maximum (often 10, but in this case 5) is the worse possible pain.

Lists of Healthcare Professionals with Experience in Treating People with Dystonia

Click here for a list of healthcare professionals that help identify appropriate treatment options and symptom management strategies for people with spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions. Courtesy Dysphonia International.
This is not an exhaustive list and depending on the last update of the record, it may not be a complete reflection of the practice. This directory includes primarily laryngologists, otolaryngologists (ENTs), and speech-language pathologists. 

Click here for a list of professionals by the Canadian Movement Disorders Group

Click here for a list of pediatric neurologists in Canada.

Please note: This is not a comprehensive list. If you are a physician and would like to join this list or report any inaccuracies, please email

Physiotherapy and Dystonia 

Click here to view the page which incudes:

  • Information and resources for physiotherapists.
  • List of clinics and physiotherapists who work with dystonia patients. 
Other Allied Health Professionals

Hideaki Kanamaru (Massage Therapist) -

411 Brink Street
Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0

Resources for Researchers and Clinicians for the Whole Dystonia Research Community

One of the Dystonia Coalition’s goals is to create resources that are easily accessible to the whole dystonia research community. These resources include educational materials, clinical data, video recordings of clinical exams, and DNA.

To read more and access these resources through the Dystonia Coalition and Global Dystonia Registry visit 

6th International Dystonia Symposium: Positioning Dystonia Research Highlights in Canadian Practice

On June 29, 2023, a small panel of attendees and speakers shared key results, discussions, and takeaways with Canadian healthcare professionals through a webinar organized by AbbVie Institute of Health Education. This recording is available here

Upcoming Education Events

Currently, there are no upcoming education events scheduled. Please revisit this page for future opportunities. 

To order dystonia educational materials for your clinic, kindly fill and submit the 'Request Form' by email to or mail it to:

DMRF Canada 


Please note: DMRF Canada takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability, and correctness of any information included in the Information provided by third parties to the Dystonia Canada web site nor for the accuracy, currency, reliability, and correctness of links or references to information sources (including Internet Sites) outside of the Dystonia Canada web site.

Links to other Internet Sites are for information only. Care has been taken in providing these links as suitable reference resources. However, due to the changing nature of the Internet content, it is the responsibility of the users to make their own investigations, decisions, inquiries about the information retrieved from other Internet Sites. Providing these links does not imply any endorsement, non-endorsement, support or commercial gain by DMRF Canada. Please consult a professional before taking any further action.

Last update: Nov 2023