Rankin Physiotherapy

Facial Palsy and Vestibular Treatment


Teleconferencing Available

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

Some follow ups can be done for vestibular patients too. I have been treating patients online for 10 years now.

You can view the original post here.

Please go to the “Contact Susan” button at the top of this page and let me know if you want to set up an appointment.

Covid 19 Update, Canopy Integrated Health opened

Canopy Integrated Health was able to open it’s door in late May, 2020 and I returned to in-person treatments for my vestibular patients in early June. I continue to see all facial patients online, using Zoom.

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 online using 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. Click on the link below to have a listen!

Facial Paralysis Talks – Episode 1

𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐬 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐬 𝐏𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭, 𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝟏
𝐀𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐧 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧, 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐕𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐭
1:50 Why are we doing this podcast?
3:00 Susan Rankin’s background in 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?