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More Facial Therapists Trained in BC

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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 discussing, assessing, and treating a variety of facial palsy patients.

Thank you to all my patients who so generously offered their time while allowing us to scrutinize their faces. Thanks also to Maria Zerjav who kindly gave us access to her clinic  and provided valuable assistance.

The three new Physiotherapists are:

Kirsty Nicol who works at Neuromotion Physiotherapy, 303-531 Yates St., Victoria, (250-590-7878). I am very pleased to have someone in Victoria who can see island patients.

Sarah Kennedy who works from Westside Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic, 230-1245 West Broadway, Vancouver (604-731-6225). Sarah joins Maria Zerjav who owns and works at the same clinic and was advanced trained in February.

Christina Wong works at Electra Health Floor, 970 Burrard St. and 535 Hornby St., Vancouver, (604-685-4325). Christina’s practice is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver near St Paul’s Hospital.

 

Cotton Swabs Can Be Dangerous!

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I frequently talk to people about their use of cotton swabs. If you read the outside of a Q-tips box, it says not for use inside the ear. However, I don’t think too many people read that.   For many people, using cotton swabs in their ears is a daily ritual to clean the water out of their ears and to get wax out. So why is that dangerous?

Well, as the picture above shows, at the extreme, you can go too deep and pierce your ear drum. If you ever have bleeding, pain and/or a gush of fluid come out of your ear, then you know you’ve gone too far! This could also cause vestibular and hearing problems. Most people want to remove wax from their ears because they feel itchy, sticky or they think their hearing may be affected. We have ear wax, or cerumen, for a reason. A certain amount of wax is meant to be in the ear canal and we need it there for protection. Removing too much of the wax can actually make your ear more itchy. Some people produce a lot of wax and want to remove it as it might be visible or be blocking their hearing. When you insert a cotton swab down in your ear to remove the wax, you more often push the wax further down the canal. Once down it dries out and becomes impacted there. This is more of a concern for blocking hearing and may require a visit to the Doctor for syringing it out.

So what are we supposed to do? You can continue to use cotton swabs on the external ear, but to clean the wax out of the ear, you are best to put a small amount of warm oil or warm water into the ear canal. It will lift the wax out of the canal harmlessly.

So remember what our Grandmothers used to say ” Nothing smaller than your elbow should go in your ear!”

Facial Nerve Symposium

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 years since the last International Facial Nerve Symposium. This is the principal conference for a facial therapist and the rehabilitation component is growing with every meeting. I’m looking forward to going to Los Angeles next summer to meet with all the experts in the field and finding out what colleagues are doing in other parts of the world.

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13th International Facial Nerve Symposium (IFNS 2017)
August 3-6, 2017
Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California

IFNS 2017 is sponsored by

The House Ear Institute and

The Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation

 

Abstract Submission: Opens July 2016

Online Registration: Opens February 2017

Housing: Opens Fall 2016

View the Symposium Site 

Symposium Email

 

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