Welcome to National Spasmodic Torticollis Association web site

The mission of the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association is to support the needs and well being of affected individuals and families..

Over the years, NSTA has helped thousands of people in their search for relief from the pain and disability caused by ST


What is Spasmodic Torticollis?

Spasmodic Torticollis also known as "Cervical Dystonia" and is referred to by many simply as "torticollis", is a painful and debilitating neurological movement disorder. Approximately 3 in every 10,000 people - about 90,000 people in the United States - are known to suffer from Spasmodic Torticollis.

About NSTA

Our services are available to anyone, and if you or someone you know has symptoms that are similar of that of Spasmodic Torticollis, please contact our office for more information and find out what we can do in terms of support. This is not the case, there are people who understand. Remember... You Are Not Alone!

Treatment Options

ST movements often disappear in sleep and may not reappear for a short time, any where between 10 minutes and 4 hours after waking. Because of this, many people find relief by taking breaks during the day to lie on their backs. Touching the opposite side of the face or chin may also cause spasms to cease temporarily.

National Spasmodic Torticollis Association (NSTA) Membership Information


Dystonia Advocacy Network

The Dystonia Advocacy Network (DAN) is a grassroots organization that brings dystonia-affected individuals together to speak out with a single, powerful voice on legislative and public policy issues which impact the dystonia community. Dystonia advocates develop relationships with their legislative leaders to help them understand the challenges of those living with dystonia. The DAN continuously works to adopt and advance a legislative agenda which raises awareness of dystonia, educates policymakers about dystonia, addresses patient care issues, and moves research forward.

Membership Information

Membership to join the NSTA is only $30.00 a year. We reward our dues-paying members with:
» One years subscription of the ST Quarterly Magazine (Four issues are published a year)
» Member prices for "Helpful Products" including literature such as the Spasmodic Torticollis Handbook and Living well with Dystonia.
» We also have a Physical Therapy video that will teach you exercises that can be performed at home.
» Member registration prices for NSTA symposiums, held at least annually...

Have Questions? Need Help?

Finding someone who understand what you are going through is difficult when it comes to Spasmodic Torticollis. Sometimes family members and friends, with their good intentions cannot provide provide the level of support you require because they cannot understand what you are going through.
Do you have questions about your symptoms, available treatments, or anything else concerning spasmodic torticollis?
You can contact us today. We will do our best to answer any inquires you have.

Latest News & Events

  • NSTA Hosts Two Successful Fundraisers!

    The NSTA hosts two major fundraisers annually to raise funds and spread awareness of cervical dystonia. One fundraiser is in the form of a 5k Walk/Run called the Zent-A-Thon that is held together with the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Foundation (PMDF, www.pmdf.org). The other fundraiser involves NSTA joining a dozen non-profit food booths at the Fountain Valley, California summer festival. The NSTA has hosted these two fundraisers for the past couple of years with great success and I am happy […]

  • NSTA Summerfest Fundraiser – Fountain Valley, California

    The Fountain Valley Summerfest Committee, in partnership with the City of Fountain Valley, California is launching its 8th annual community celebration called “Fountain Valley Summerfest” to be held June 24, 25, and 26 at the Fountain Valley Sports Park at Brookhurst and Heil. This 4-day celebration will include carnival rides, food and beverage booths, game booths, local entertainment, exhibitors, non-profit organizations’ food booths, live music, beer/wine garden, Live Sports Tent, and the Fountain Valley Classic Car & Truck Show. The […]

  • A NSTA Fundraiser for ST/CD and Movement Disorders is Just Around the Corner!

    On Saturday, May 21, 2016, the NSTA is hosting a 5K Walk/Run fundraiser at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, California. Proceeds will help the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association in providing information and support to people spasmodic torticollis/cervical dystonia. If you are in Orange County, LA County or San Diego County come and participate in the event! Bring your family and friends, spend Saturday morning with us and help us raise funds and raise awareness in the community. Registration is […]

  • NSTA Kentucky/Ohio Regional Conference

    The NSTA is cancelling the April 30, 2016, Kentucky/Ohio Regional Conference on Saturday, April 30th. On April 1st, Christian, the son of our Vice President, Diane Truong, lost his battle with depression and passed away. Christian Truong was a gentle and kind person who sincerely cared for others. Since the first day I met him when he was a teenager 18 years ago, he has maintained love for the people, a sincere concern for their well-being and carried an admiral […]

  • NSTA East Elmhurst, New York Conference – November 7, 2015

    On November 7, 2015, the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association (NSTA) is hosting a one day conference on spasmodic torticollis/cervical dystonia in East Elmhurst, New York. Registration for the conference is FREE thanks to our major sponsor Merz Pharmaceuticals (the makers of Xeomin). Our conference will take place at the Courtyard Marriott LaGuardia Airport. The address is 9010 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369. Parking for conference attendees is $10. The NSTA has blocked off a limited number of rooms for […]