The Darlington Arts society is supporting local charities in Darlington and the North East to coincide with our annual exhibitions, to help raise awareness and funds for charity.
This year we decided to donate some money to charity again after our Annual Exhbition.
One of our popular members Rev. John Bower suggested The Dystonia Society. John is a valued and much loved member of the society for many years, and has experienced Dystonia affecting a loved one.
Dystonia is the term used to describe uncontrollable and sometimes painful muscle spasms caused by incorrect signals from the brain. It is estimated to affect at least 70,000 people in the UK. There are a large number of different types of dystonia which affect people in widely differing ways.
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder. Faulty signals from the brain cause muscles to spasm and pull on the body incorrectly. This forces the body into twisting, repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Sometimes the symptoms are accompanied by dystonic tremor.
Unfortunately there is not yet a cure. However, in the vast majority of cases, dystonia does not shorten a person's life span. Dystonia is thought to originate in part of the brain called the basal ganglia.
Treatments are available and most people do manage to develop successful strategies for living with dystonia combining treatment with pain control and sensory tricks to help with social situations. Remission from symptoms does sometimes occur but is rare – occurring in around 5-10% of cases.
Dystonia which starts in adult life usually remains focal to one part of the body. If dystonia starts in childhood, it tends to spread across multiple parts of the body. Click here to learn more about specific types of dystonia.
We have made a donation to the Dystonia Society. If you are interested in reading about the charity and making donation in to care and wellbeing of people living with Dystonia, please check out their website, following the link below.