Facial Paralysis/Bell’s Palsy
Weakness of facial muscles can persist for several weeks after Bell’s Palsy infection or surgery for acoustic neuroma. This can have a disabling effect on your ability to eat and drink, make facial expressions, communicate clearly in your speech, and care for your teeth. Our facial expression conveys our personality, so this condition can be especially difficult to cope with. Specific tests are completed to determine your level of recovery. You will learn about the facial muscles, and how to get better balance between the two sides of your face, on the first session. Tips and tricks to aid with eye closure, eating, and drinking will be provided. Exercises and taping are prescribed based upon the function of your facial muscles. Frequency of therapy visits for most people are every two weeks to start, with exercises done at home daily. Time course of recovery can be weeks to months. Photographic studies are performed at regular intervals to help you monitor your progress.