Tag Archives: facial palsy

More Facial Therapists Trained in BC

From l to r, Kirsty Nicol, Susan Rankin, Sarah Kennedy and Christina Wong This past week-end was an incredible time of learning and sharing. Three new Physiotherapists came to learn their Advanced Techniques in Facial Neuromuscular Retraining. We spent time … Continue reading

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Meditation Applications

Using meditation applications to reduce stress can help reduce symptoms and prevent further illness. There are smart phone apps you can use to meditate and reduce stress. Continue reading

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Trouble Smiling?

There is a muscle inside your cheek, called the buccinator muscle. It is not a muscle of facial expression, rather its job is to hold food between the teeth from the outside while you chew. For some reason, it becomes tightened and shortened and then stops the smile muscles from doing their job. With specific stretches and retraining strategies you can achieve a better smile with less effort. Continue reading

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Facial Retraining Workshop

Susan Rankin delivered a 3-day facial neuromuscular retraining workshop in Calgary. 25 participants took part in the one-day introductory course and three went on to do the advanced training. For the remaining two days, 3 therapists practiced assessment and treatment of patients. Continue reading

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Treatment of Acute Bell’s Palsy

When you develop an acute facial palsy from Bell’s palsy or Ramsay Hunt syndrome, most of the damage is done to the nerve in the first 24 hours by the inflammatory process. Continue reading

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Ways to Deal With Facial Synkinesis

Facial synkinesis is one of the more troublesome consequences after a facial palsy. It occurs as a result of aberrant nerve regrowth so that two or more movements become connected. The most typical one is a connection between the eye and the mouth. Continue reading

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