Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Program

The Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Program is designed to teach Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in the treatment of facial palsy patients. The program consists of two parts:


  • Foundation Course
  • Practical Workshop

To learn more about and/or apply to attend current offerings of the course and workshop please click on the link(s) below.

Foundation Course: Facial Neuromuscular Retraining (1 Day)

The one-day course provides participants a chance to develop fundamental skills in their ability to assess, educate and treat peripheral facial palsy patients. Typical diagnoses include Bell’s palsy, Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, vestibular schwannoma, facial schwannoma, cholesteatoma, parotid cancer, congenital facial palsy and trauma. Participants will be provided with a course manual and references. At the end of the one-day course, therapists will be able to start a basic assessment and educate an uncomplicated facial patient. They are encouraged to refer on to a therapist who has successfully completed the 2-Day Practical Workshop.

Practical Workshop:  Facial Neuromuscular Retraining (2 Days)

The Foundation course is a prerequisite to the practical workshop. The practical workshop is designed for 3 therapists to get hands-on experience with patients practicing assessment and treatment skills in a supportive atmosphere with the instructor and their peers. Enough time is allowed for each participant to carry out an assessment, education and treatment of a facial palsy patient and to observe three other patients. Therapists taking the practical workshop should be returning to a situation where they expect to treat facial patients right away.