Oromandibular dystonia

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Oromandibular dystonia is a form of focal dystonia affecting the mouth, jaw and tongue, and in this disease it is hard to speak.[1] It is associated with bruxism.

Botulinum toxin has been used in treatment.[2]

Since the root of the problem is neurological, doctors have explored sensorimotor retraining activities to enable the brain to "rewire" itself and eliminate dystonic movements. The work of several doctors such as Nancy Byl and Joaquin Farias has shown that sensorimotor retraining activities and proprioceptive stimulation can induce neuroplasticity, making it possible for patients to recover substantial function that was lost due to Cervical Dystonia, oromandibular dystonia and dysphonia.[3][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Sankhla C, Lai EC, Jankovic J (November 1998). "Peripherally induced oromandibular dystonia". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatry. 65 (5): 722–8. doi:10.1136/jnnp.65.5.722. PMC 2170345. PMID 9810945.
  2. ^ Michelotti A, Silva R, Paduano S, Cimino R, Farella M (December 2009). "Oromandibular dystonia and hormonal factors: twelve years follow-up of a case report". J Oral Rehabil. 36 (12): 916–21. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2842.2009.02007.x. PMID 19840357.
  3. ^ TEDx Talk. Federico Bitti. Cervical Dystonia. Rewiring the brain through dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwkHK3rfKO0
  4. ^ TEDx Talk . Joaquin Farias. Dystonia. Your movement can heal your brain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czW-xBvDtHY
  5. ^ Glove and Mail. Choosing music over meds, one man's quest to retrain his brain to overcome dystonia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpcXkV_ex8Y
  6. ^ Farias J. Limitless. How your movements can heal your brain. An essay on the neurodynamics of dystonia. Galene editions 2016
  7. ^ Farias J. Intertwined. How to induce neuroplasticity. A new approach to rehabilitate dystonias. Galene editions 2012.