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.

Healthcare professionals with experience in treating people with spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions

Click here for a list of healthcare professionals that help identify appropriate treatment options and symptom management strategies. 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. 

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. 


Education Events



12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Hosted by Merz Therapeutics


Dr. Anna Castagna

Neurologist, Speaker Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy

Dr. Castagna specializes in the treatment of movement disorders

Dr. Phillippe Rizek

Neurologist, Moderator Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga

Dr. Rizek specializes in movement disorders and neurophysiology


There is a need for a structured, evidence-based neurorehabilitation program in Canada. Currently, only a few physiotherapists have been trained in this area. This program will highlight the value of the Sensorimotor Perceptive Rehabilitation Integrated (SPRInt) Program as an adjunctive therapy for patients with cervical dystonia (CD). 


 Introduce the concept and general principles of the SPRInt program as an adjunctive therapy for CD 

Examine current challenges and gaps in neurorehabilitation for patients with CD 

 Review the theory, design, implementation and results of the SPRInt Program 

Discuss best practices for a multidisciplinary approach to care for CD patients 


Neurologists, Physiatrists, and Neuro Physiotherapists who treat CD. Kindly complete the pre-program survey:  

To attend RSVP to

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Last update: Jun 2023