Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions thought to be caused by overuse and misuse in practicing. My version was considered focal (meaning it only affected my embouchure) and task-specific (meaning it only happened as I played trombone).
There is no reliable medical treatment for dystonia; however, there are other options that you may wish to explore if you are having trouble. These strategies worked for me; however, they may or may not work for you. This web page is purely informational and should not be considered a specific course of treatment for any one individual.
When I was diagnosed with dystonia in May of 2002, there were very few resources available to help me. Now that I am better, I wish to share my story in order to help those with dystonia and also help those who are healthy stay that way.