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Physiotherapy for Bells Palsy

Physiotherapy for Bells Palsy

Bell's palsy can impact on a functional level causing difficulties eating, drinking and talking and on a psychological level due to the altered appearance of your face which may affect self-esteem levels and social functioning. In most cases symptoms will resolve over time, however physiotherapy treatment can be of benefit to speed recovery and research has shown that physiotherapy can improve the impairments associated with Bell's palsy. Treatment may include:

  • Facial exercises to activate weak facial muscles
  • Facial massage to facilitate movements and prevent shortening of muscles
  • Use of mirror feedback to guide correct exercises
  • Exercises to improve eye closure
  • Advice regarding oral hygiene and mouth care
  • Use of electrical facial stimulation in longer term cases

Benefits of physiotherapy for Bell's palsy include:

  • Improved facial symmetry
  • Improved sense of well being
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved eye closure
  • Improved facial movements

Following a thorough assessment your physiotherapist will guide you through the most appropriate treatment and individual goals for your rehabilitation.

Bells Palsy

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .