What is Bells palsy/Facial palsy?
The term facial palsy refers to weakness of the facial muscles, mainly resulting from temporary or permanent damage to the facial nerve.
One of the most common causes of facial paralysis is Bell’s palsy however there are many other causes of facial weakness.
Symptoms of Bells palsy/Facial palsy
When a facial nerve is either non-functioning or missing, the muscles in the face do not receive the signals in order to function properly. This results in paralysis of the affected part of the face, which can affect movement of the eye and/or the mouth, as well as other areas.
There are different degrees of facial paralysis: sometimes only the lower half of the face is affected, sometimes one whole side of the face is affected and in some cases both sides of the face are affected.
Some types of facial palsy will affect sensation including pain, as well as facial movement.
The symptoms may appear rapidly or develop over time, depending on the cause.
Treatment of Bells palsy/Facial palsy
Treatment will vary according to the cause of your facial palsy, however physiotherapy may be helpful to teach you massage and a series of facial exercises that will strengthen the muscles in your face to improve their co-ordination and range of movement.
Electrical stimulation can also be helpful to help give the facial muscles tone and shape but must only be used under certain circumstances and under the guidance of a trained therapist-this treatment and expertise is available at Neurocare physiotherapy.
How can Neurocare Physiotherapy help me?
At Neurocare, we are all highly specialised in treating neurological conditions, so you can be confident that your physiotherapist will have the necessary experience to provide you with the specialist level of treatment which you deserve.