Facial palsy refers to weakness of the face, due to temporary or permanent damage to the nerve that supplies the facial muscles – the facial nerve (CN VII).
Facial palsy can occur as a result of the following conditions:
The role of the neurological physiotherapist in facial palsy:
Neurological physiotherapists are physiotherapists with additional training and expertise in treating problems related to the brain, spinal cord, inner ear and nerves. At Klint, we have a special interest in facial rehabilitation and are able to deliver quality care to this group of clients. It is particularly important to work on this area delicately as improper treatment can increase unwanted movement (synkinesis), spasms and pain.
We adopt careful techniques in teaching you neuromuscular retraining, which allows you to regain control and coordination of your face following injury or disease. Each client will undergo careful evaluation and assessment, to determine whether you would be appropriate for neuromuscular retraining at that particular point in time during your recovery.
What our skilled therapists can offer:
Our therapists can perform clinical tests to help guide you towards a diagnosis. These include:
During the recovery process, we will adopt some neuroplasticity principles in the form of sensory and motor relearning to assist you in relearning movement and guide you accordingly with objective outcomes so you can rest assured that your progress is carefully documented and checked during each consultation.
We may also consider referring you to other health professionals to assist in your care, depending on your specific needs.
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