The term facial palsy generally refers to weakness of the facial muscles, mainly resulting from temporary or permanent damage to the facial nerve. As the Facial Therapist for the Region I worked with a wide variety of facial palsy causes, including Bell's palsy, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, head trauma, surgery and stroke. Advice and treatment will vary depending on the cause of the facial palsy.
Symptoms will depend on the cause and degree of your facial palsy, but may include:
An initial assessment. This is to build a picture of the difficulties being faced by the client. An overview of initial findings and preliminary recommendations will be provided, including potential further facial therapy options.
Individualised therapy. This may include exercises and stretches for flexibility, symmetry, strength and control of facial muscles and facial expressions
Support to you, and those around you, in understanding your facial palsy
Assessment and advice on eating and drinking if required
Exercises for speech if required
Client centred goal setting
Reviews to monitor progress
Please note I do not diagnose causes of facial palsy. Please seek urgent medical advice if you have a new facial weakness.
Facial Palsy UK is a charity that offers specific information and support to people affected by facial palsy due to any cause.