When afflicted with the torticollis variety of cervical dystonia, your neck muscles will spasm so your head will twist upon the axis of your neck. This will result in you "shaking your head," often in a repetitive manner. These movements can be "tonic" (sustained movement) or "clonic" (jerky movement). At times, sensory tricks such as lightly touching the face or neck can help reduce the frequency of the muscle movement.
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