Tricks of your own
When talking about skilfulness, patients of TD know we can really do inmensely most of the things but adopting non natural positions with hands, arms, legs or body, and using strength more than other resource. Because of this, sometimes we feel strongly embarrassed and very often we prefer to do our things alone, even abandon or renounce many of them just for being observed with inquisitiveness or curiosity by other people.
Anyway, every patient of TD knows how to benefit a series of personal tricks (it really doesn't matter if they have any medical basis or not) which help these ones to live their lives, or at least some of their moments, a in a bit easier way. In fact, every one of us will use these tricks as part of our daily rules of dealing with life.
The purpose of this area is sharing some of these functional tricks also trying to give an explanation to those people who understand this way of acting as maniacal or eccentric, instead of the very useful resource we have.
This is my personal contribution, some tricks taken from my own experience:
a.- When one of your feet shows a strange movement which takes it to a different height or level, it's really useful to make the most of those zones over the ground or the road so that the sick foot can take up the available hollow when moving forward. Sometimes I surprise myself walking on the borders of the pavement so that my right foot goes through the free space over the road avoiding hitting the soil or crawling over the ground.
b.- If I consider my cadence of walking, I feel much more comfortable when it comes closer to the speed extremes. So I feel alright when walking slowly (although I open widely the angle of my feet) and also when running for a while. The 'normal' pace of walking is curiously the worst option when I try to coordinate my steps.
c.- Discovered just some years ago, and being really surprising, I walk backwards perfectly, without any single problem or difficulty. It is obvious that social standings, and the fact of not having eyes in my nape makes it an option very rare to deal with, although I use it as much as possible when, of course, nobody watches me.
a.- After having tried many different points of contact or support as a right-handed in my childhood, torsion dystonia turned me into kind of a left-handed person just for those acts that would require some skill (I keep on using my right hand for those acts requiring strength). I cannot say I am good with my left hand, but it works a bit better.
b.- Stretching out completely one of the arms, using any point of support (chest, chin, etc.), handling the pencil as a chisel, or the combination of different tricks can be useful and practical along the various episodes of the disease.
c.- A so very interesting technologic resource comes with the evolution of voice recognition software, quite improved nowadays even with multi language support. (Without any intention of advertising any software, I can say I have been using 'Dragon Naturally Speaking' with very acceptable results in saving time and efforts when writing).
3. Stiffness, spasms (spasticity)
Perhaps more psychologically than other thing, it seems a trick works when you need to relax or loosen a concrete muscular area. The 'technique' consists of focusing physically (mentally could even be enough) any other different point along the body and pinching it, for instance, with some intensity.
Extended to the most common dystonias and other movement disorders, it is a fact that we can ask for help and advice to several specialists.
The new idea seems to be clear and useful. So, from now on you can ask for physiotherapist advice, 100% free and unlimited, to a specialist and friend of ours, taking a look at his general guidelines for dystonia and other movement disorders, or even telling him about some of your specific symptoms.
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