Facial Neuromuscular Retraining


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Facial neuromuscular retraining is a technique used to treat individuals who have paralysis or paresis of the facial muscles resulting from injury or disease to their facial nerve. The facial nerve innervates the muscles that create facial expressions. Therapy sessions involve working to identify and isolate weak or tight muscles and developing a program to minimize related complications. Recommendations will be provided regarding eye care, activities to address lack of facial symmetry and exercises to strengthen re-innervated muscles.

Within our staff, we have therapists trained in offering motor point stimulation with galvanic current, which recent literature has shown to be very beneficial for extremely weak muscles in the acute phase of facial palsy for specific clients. We also employ specialized taping techniques to facilitate or inhibit muscles to promote optimal facial muscle recruitment.

Some conditions that affect the facial nerve are:

  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome
  • Lyme disease
  • Congenital Facial Palsy

Facial retraining does not typically help those who may have facial palsy resulting from strokes or head injuries.