Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is caused by a virus that attacks the facial nerves. Usually the person has had a cold and gradually a facial weakness develops. The muscles become weak and cause asymmetry. The individual's eye may not close and they may have problems with speech and eating or drinking. Usually one side of the face is affected. This is very distressing for the individual and can affect their confidence. They may not want to leave the house or socialise.

Neurological physiotherapy can advise you about how to manage with the problems at this acute stage. Stretches to the tight muscles on the 'unaffected' side of the face help to regain symmetry. With specific sensory stimulation and exercises, muscles gradually become more active. A muscle stimulator can be used at home to help strengthen muscles along with a daily exercise regime.

Clients should seek a neurological physiotherapist's assessment as soon as the GP has diagnosed Bell's palsy. The sooner rehabilitation can commence the sooner recovery can begin.

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