Rankin Physiotherapy

Facial Palsy and Vestibular Treatment


Covid 19 Update, Canopy Integrated Health opened

Canopy Integrated Health was able to open it’s door in late May and I returned to in-person treatments for my vestibular patients in early June. I continue to see all facial patients by zoom due to the need for both of us to wear masks if we were to meet in person.

Both in-person and zoom appointments can be booked on the Canopy site at canopy.janeapp.com as before.

For in person visits, you will be required to wear a mask and to do a Covid 19 questionnaire for every visit. Due to the size of our rooms and waiting area, you will need to come to your appointments alone and wait outside until you’re called in by me. Rigorous cleaning and protective equipment are being used for everyone’s safety.

I look forward to seeing you in person or by zoom.

Acute Facial Palsy Podcast

This is the link to a podcast I was interviewed for. It is designed to be helpful for people who’ve been newly diagnosed with facial palsy, but could also give information to those who have had it for a while. I’ve copied the time stamp in case you want to skip ahead to areas of particular interest. Have a listen!

Facial Paralysis Talks – Episode 1

๐…๐š๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ ๐“๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐„๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐๐ž ๐Ÿ
๐€๐ง ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ง ๐‘๐š๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง, ๐…๐š๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐•๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐›๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ
๐‘‡๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘๐‘ 
1:50 Why are we doing this podcast?
3:00 Susanโ€™s background on facial retraining (introduction)
4:15 What is facial paralysis?
4:45 What can facial paralysis feel like (Cristina) when it starts?
6: 00 The structure and function of the facial nerve and facial muscles
8:50 Do facial muscles atrophy in the same way that other muscles do?
11:55 What causes facial paralysis?
13:18 The difference between a central facial palsy and peripheral facial palsy
13:43 Steroids vs decompression surgery to reduce pressure inside the bony canal
14:14 What is causing the inflammation of the facial nerve?
15:05 What is the difference between Ramsay Hunt Syndrome and Bell’s Palsy?
18:57 What other conditions can cause facial paralysis?
21:53 What to do in the acute phase of facial palsy
23:00 Steroids and anti-viral medications. What should I take?
23:46 How to protect the affected eye
24:31 How to stimulate blood circulation of the facial muscles
24:58 How to maintain symmetry to your face
25:48 More tips about what to do in the acute phase
27:00 What to avoid while we are waiting for facial recovery
28:50 Why should you avoid electrical stimulation?
29:45 Pirate patches – safety precautions
30:25 What about acupuncture or electrical acupuncture?
30:55 What can you expect with healing? How long do I have to wait until I start to heal?

A podcast aimed at helping those with facial palsy and supporters from the acute stage and beyond….

Facial Paralysis Talks Podcast
A podcast aimed at helping those with facial palsy and supporters from the acute stage and beyond….
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A podcast aimed at helping those with facial palsy and supporters from the acute stage and beyond….

Teleconferencing Available

For your safety and mine,ย Zoom teleconferencing is available with me, mainly for facial patients.

Some follow ups can be done for vestibular patients too.

Please go to the โ€œContact Susanโ€ button on this site and let me know if you want to set up an appointment.

February Facial Palsy Support Group Meeting

We are having our second facial palsy support group meeting! This time we are going to have people from outside the lower mainland teleconference in to the meeting as well. From people I’ve spoken to who live in remote communities, this support is extremely important. Please see the attachment for information about the meeting. If you’re interested and haven’t received an invitation, please email me at rankinphysio@gmail.com, let me know if I can share your email with other organizers and we’ll send you an invite. Through your RSVPs we can estimate how many people might be coming. Look forward to seeing you there.

Please bring a mug or cup with you if you want to have tea, coffee or water.