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Facial Nerve Disorders Tips

Nerve Disorders

Dr. Shashank Agrawal 92% (14222 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad

Eat garlic along with pure cow ghee for 45 to 60 days. This is most beneficial in curing nerve disorders naturally.

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Autism Disorder

BHMS, MD - Acupressure
Homeopath, Bangalore
Autism Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (asd) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. It may range from mild to severe conditions. Initial period of life upto 2 years it is difficult to diagnose. Parents start noticing changes such as social interactions, non-responsive behaviour along with losing that little amount of speech. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development.

 

Asd can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination, attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with asd excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

 

Causes:

Most cases of autism appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.

Intake of some drugs, medicines during pregnancy

Metabolic imbalance

Vaccinations

Modern living styles

Food habits

Urban stress syndromes

35 plus aged mothers and sibling with asd are the risk factors

Genetic predisposition

Exposure to environmental chemicals

 

Symptoms:

Repeating certain behaviors or having unusual behaviors

Having overly focused interests, such as with moving objects or parts of objects

Having a lasting, intense interest in certain topics, such as numbers, details, or facts.

Getting upset by a slight change in a routine or being placed in a new or overly stimulating setting

Making little or inconsistent eye contact

Having a tendency to look at and listen to other people less often

Responding in an unusual way when others show anger, distress, or affection

Failing to, or being slow to, respond to someone calling their name or other verbal attempts to gain attention

Having difficulties with the back and forth of conversations

Often talking at length about a favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond

Repeating words or phrases that they hear, a behavior called echolalia

Using words that seem odd, out of place, or have a special meaning known only to those familiar with that person’s way of communicating

Having facial expressions, movements, and gestures that do not match what is being said

Having an unusual tone of voice that may sound sing-song or flat and robot-like

Having trouble understanding another person’s point of view or being unable to predict or understand other people’s actions.

Extraordinary sensitiveness to light, noise, clothing, or temperature. They may also experience sleep problems, digestion problems, and irritability.

 

How to differentiate ADHD hyperactive kid:

1. Any difficulty in processing information.

2. Any difficulty in regulating emotions.

3. Does the kid struggle with issues like organizing, planning, prioritizing, paying attention and remembering details.

4. Any difficulty in taking judgments.

5. Any difficulty in concentration.

6. Age appropriate immaturity

 

How parents can help?

Constantly engage with the child.

Never leave your kid alone as this prevents the kids from learning new things.

Constantly stimulate the child ; talk, play, dance etc

Avoid all gadgets like phone, tabs etc.

For working mums only option would be prioritising the kids health. So the choice is yours how to go about this. Most of the mums do a mistake of work from home, which is not a supportive solution again, this also encourages kid to slip to his own world of tabs or phones etc.

Invite more people to home, this again gives them chance to interact, play, learn new things etc.

Do not focus just on specch at the same time overall stimulation is very important.

Take your kid out to parks or any social gathering, so that the kid learns how to socialise and socialising behaviours and mannerisms. So the meaning of whole exercise aims at training the mind to be constantly connected with outer world so that he can passively learn things.

 

Scope of homoeopathy

The scope of homoeopathy in autism is very high. It as a matter of fact poses a challenge to homeopaths themselves. It needs a hardcore-hahnemannian approach to get into the mind or the mental development of the individual and arrive at a remedy. Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine and it takes into consideration the constitutional picture (complete physical and mental make up of the child) along with the necessary details of the disease when prescribing. This particular method is followed, as no autistic child is similar to another, in terms of symptoms or behavior. This helps us to approximate the individual to a state of normalcy. Everyone has their own individual characteristic symptoms and the homeopathy treatment also targets the individual characteristic symptoms in every case.

 

The immune system and nervous system are closely interrelated to one another. The abnormal immune system disturbs the growth of the neural formation too. Homeopathic medicines do not merely act on any one particular organ of an individual, but has much more deeper and central action on the psycho-neuro-endocrinological (mind-nerve-hormone) and psycho-immunological (mind-immune system) axis. It works well to correct the accentuated state of sensitivity. It also helps improve fine motor skills as well as perceptual difficulties.

 

During the course of the case taking, i.e, when the history of the individual is being studied, the mother’s history of reaction to vaccines during pregnancy, family medical history, behavior of the kid, thermal sensitivities, gestures and sleep postures form a part of the very detailed information. As the autistic child experiences stress, he responds with a reaction. This reaction becomes a symptom or a sign of characteristic importance. By fully perceiving the patient, one may learn to understand his/her reaction to a particular stress and triggers. It is only through such a deep understanding that a homeopath would be able to prescribe effectively.

 

From my personal experience, I have seen kids responding to the treatment on an average in around 6 months from the time medication was started, at the same time few show good improvement in generals like sleep, appetite etc only after an year. It took me 2-3 years to show effective results like eye-to-eye contact, toilet training (the first best sign), connecting sentences and expressing themselves, connecting to the external world. However, this would happen provided the patients take medicines continuously and religiously. During the course of the treatment, I always take a step-by-step approach, as follows:

- Analyzing the case

- Detoxifying the stronger medications taken before

- Detoxifying the vaccines, that may have harmful effects


Beyond any treatment the support from parents, neurodevelopmental therapies and behavioral therapies are a must.

- Rounds of speech, neuro-developmental and behavior therapies are most important

 

How follow up scoring is important:

Through every follow up with the homoeopath, the symptoms should be analysed by the parents and ratings given on a scale of 1-10 to each symptom, as compared to the condition previously. This again helps the physician and parents to further analyse and arrive at the best suitable remedy, meanwhile helps in better understanding for physician and parents about the follow up progress. The extent to which the cure can occur, has a great degree of variability associated with it. Homoeopathy not just helps in adhd, add or any psychiatric disorderes, it also helps the altered mind set like an internal counsellor - agiatated mind - restless sleep due to thoughts -learning difficulties -poor concentration - normalisng the disturbed mind due to recent depressions - for mind disorders which doesnt have any reason for existance -indifference from grief or disappointments - unrefreshed sleep - loss of sleep etc all medicines perfectly help in symptom basis thus no question of side effects for same.

 

Along with treatment, neuro-developmental and behaviour therapies is also necessary. Certain supplements are also to be used: vitamin c, magnesium, zinc and fish oil.

 

The unfortunate part is that none of the parents share a testimony of their child’s recovery from autism, due to societal reasons. This if done, would help other parents too, as it would help them gain confidence in helping their children fight autism and develop into strong individuals.

 

So, the bottom line is, yes, it is possible!

 

Accupressure:

Traditional chinese medicine approaches autism, like all other disorders, as an energy imbalance that can be addressed by stimulating specific energy points and pathways. Through reflexology, body can be brought to a state of healing and balance body by itself with the holistic powers of reflexology. -helps in stabilising nerve disorders and bring alertness and confidence in the patient. -helps in control of emotional imbalance -reduce stress factors

 

In some cases there may be some original symptom worsen for few days of treatment. That too is an indication of that the acupressure is started working. It is quite common with the first one or two acupressure treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation.

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Facial Paralysis

Dr. Priyanka Saini (P.T.) 90% (79 ratings)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Advanced Dry Needling Therapist, Trimmers and Toners
Physiotherapist, Noida

Bell's palsy is a type of facial paralysis that results in an inability to control the facial muscles on the affected side. This condition causes inflammation of the facial nerve, which commonly causes the muscles on one side of the face to droop.

No one knows exactly why bell’s palsy occurs. Most common cause could be a viral infection of the facial nerve. 

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They may include muscle twitching, weakness, or total loss of the ability to move one side of the face. Other symptoms include drooping of the eyelid, a change in taste, pain around the ear, and increased sensitivity to sound. 

 Symptoms of bell’s palsy can include a combination of:

1. Facial paralysis on one side. 
2. Loss of blinking control on the affected side
3. Drooping of the mouth to the affected side
4. Altered sense of taste
5. Slurred speech
6. Drooling (difficulty in eating and drinking) 
7. Pain in or behind the ear
8. Sound hypersensitivity on the affected side

Physiotherapy remedies may include; laser therapy, electrical stimulation, facial muscles exercises (assisted) followed by mild facial massage. 

Home remedies include;
A) opening and closing of the eye.
B) pursing 0f lips while trying to blow air.
C) inflating balloon.
D) making bubbles on water.
E) dilating nostril.

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Facial Trauma

Dr. Sumit Agarwal 88% (106 ratings)
MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, BDS
Dentist, Siliguri
Facial Trauma
  • There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma. Motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence and work related injuries. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries of teeth to extremely severe injuries of the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified as soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves or the salivary glands).
  • Facial injuries have the potential to cause disfigurement and loss of function; for example, blindness or difficulty in moving the jaw. Facial trauma can also be deadly, because it can cause severe bleeding or interference with the airway thus a primary concern in treatment is enszuring that the airway is open and not threatened so that the patient can breathe. Hence, a patient with maxillofacial trauma requires the assistance of various medical specialties. Dr. Sumit agarwal is a skilled maxillofacial surgeon, with all the team members having special skills to handle maxillofacial trauma. The maxillofacial team is an integral part of the trauma team thus ensuring comprehensive trauma care.
  • All the surgeries are done via intraoral incisions if facial incisions are required, all such incisions are placed within the hair line or in skin creases so as to avoid visible scars so most of the trauma surgery is" scar less.

Soft tissue injuries of face

  • When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations or deep abrasions with skin loss occur on the face, they are repaired by suturing, skin grafts or mobilising local and distant tissues. In addition to the obvious concern of providing a repair that yields the best cosmetic result possible, care is taken to inspect for and treat injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands and salivary ducts (or outflow channels). A well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeonsare proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.
  • A severe laceration may sometimes require general anaesthesia to properly identify cut nerves and provide a stable condition for operative closure. Laceration of face requires meticulous closure of wound which is accomplished in an operating room setting for best aesthetic and functional results.
     
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Headache & Facial Pain - How To Deal With It?

Dr. K J Choudhury 89% (191 ratings)
MBBS, MD, M.N.A.M.S(Anaesthesiology), FWACS
Pain Management Specialist, Delhi
Headache & Facial Pain - How To Deal With It?

Nagging headaches or facial pain is a common issue faced by many. They can be mild or severe that and can disrupt your routine to a significant extent. If you are experiencing a disturbed vision, an upset stomach, feeling nauseous or vomiting along with the pain, you must consult your physician to identify the cause and avail proper treatment. 

What are the factors that cause the issue?
Several underlying problems can be the reason for a facial pain including oral infections, a toothache, facial injuries, a skin abscess, nerve disorder or even an open sore. Sometimes constantly annoying headaches or sinusitis may also lead to facial pain. And some of the more commons issues that result in a headache are tension, anxiety, excessive stress, sleeplessness, migraines and sinus problems. A headache can also occur due to more severe causes such as tumor or cancer in the brain, neck issues, abnormalities of any kind in the blood vessels and muscles of the brain, etc.

When to seek medical help?
The symptoms of facial pain may vary depending on the factor that's triggering the pain. From swelling to open sores, redness, rashes on the skin, etc. are often associated with facial pain symptoms. People usually describe the facial pain to be an achy feeling or stabbing or cramp-like sensation on the different facial parts.

Headaches usually occur alone. However, some of its associated symptoms are blurry vision, difficulty in walking straight, confusion, trouble in speaking correctly, excessive sleepiness, neck pain, and neck stiffness. Sometimes, developing increased sensitivity to noise or light is also a symptom of headaches. Headaches can be mild to moderate to very excruciating. When the pain in the head becomes severe, it leads to vomiting and nausea.

What are the pain management strategies for this issue?
When it comes to headaches and facial pain management, the treatment options also vary depending on the causes of such pain. From stress reduction to, pain managing medications, elimination of particular foods from one's daily diet and biofeedback training are some of the most common ways of pain management. Regular exercise can also help in dealing with pain in some cases. However, if the cause of a face pain or headaches lies in some severe health diseases, prompt medical attention may be required for treating them first.

Remember, the moment you think that your quality of life is in some way impacted by head pain and facial pain, don't hesitate to look for medical assistance. Because, until unless, you do not consider undertaking proper methods of pain management suggested by a doctor, getting back to a healthy pain-free life and concentrating on your daily works may be impossible.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Male Erectile Disorder (Impotence)

Dr. Ramesh Maheshwari 88% (6368 ratings)
MD-Dermatology, MBBS
Sexologist, Pune
Male Erectile Disorder (Impotence)

Male Erectile Disorder (Impotence)

Definition


Persistent or recurrent inability to attain, or to maintain until completion of sexual activity, an adequate erection.

This is also know as erectile dysfunction.

The disorder may cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty. There are different patterns. Some individuals report inability to obtain erection from the beginning of sexual experience ;while others report being able to experience erection only during masturbation or on awakening, but not during the coitus. Some experience adequate erection,lose it when attempting penetration. Still other report that have an erection that is sufficiently firm for penetration, but they lose erection before or during thrusting.

Male erectile disorder is frequently associated with anxiety, fear of failure, pressure of sexual performance, and decreased sexual excitement and pleasure. This can disrupt marital relationship and may be the cause of unconsummated marriage and infertility.

Etiology

Aging:with advancing age,
-The orgasm is less intensive,
-The ejaculate is reduced

The interval between the two successive acts is increased.

Psychological factors:
Fatigue
Depression
Stress
Mental disorders
Guilt
Fear of failure
Low self esteem
Religious restrictions
Homosexuality
Long/serious illness
Traumatic initial experience
Negative feelings towards the partner
Vascular causes
Use of tobacco/Alcohol
Atherosclerosis
Peyronie's disease
Diabetes
Hypertension
Venous leak or occlusion
Trauma
Surgery
Radiation


Harmonal causes :

Hypogonadism
Hyperprolactinemia
Diabetes
Thyroid disease
Androgen deficiency
Estrogen excess Adrenal
pituitary of Hypothalamic disease

Neurogenic causes :

Peripheral Neuritis
Autonomic neuropathy (in Diabetes)
Multiple sclerosis
Spinal cord disease

Drug related casuses :

Antiandrogens
H2receptor antagonists
Diuretics
Antihypertensive
Anticholinergics
Antidepressants
Antipsychotics
CNS Depressants
Substance abuse

Miscellaneous

Rental failure
Prostatectomy

Diagnostic tests

Stamp Test :A long strip of postal stamps in wound around the base of the penis at night before going to bed. Next morning if the perforations of the strip are found to be torn off, impotence is supposed to be of psychological in origin.


Peno-brachial index : The ratio of penile systolic blood pressure to that of brachial systolic blood pressure is normally 0.6. If found to be low, impotence is vascular in origin .

Papaverine Injection Test : Papaverine is a vasoactive drug. Using a 26 gauge needle, 30 mg papaverine is injected at the mid-shift of Corpus cavernosum of the penis. He is isolated, asked to stoke the penis and expose to erotic literature. An erection will occur in 10 to 15 minutes. If the erection is short-lived or partial, then impotence is considered as vasculogenic. If the erection is full, then impotence is considered to be neurogenic or psychogenic. In origin.

Caution : This test should be performed in a hospital setting or where the facilities for detumescence are available. The patient should be observed for next few hours till the erection subsides.

Rigiscan Test :

This is a gold standard for evaluation of Nocturnal Penile Tumescence and Rigidity (NPTR). This test is based on the physiological principle that a male gets erection 3 to 5 times during REM sleep. At night before going to sleep one ring of Rigiscan is slid over the base of the penis and the over the tip. Next morning, the tracing obtained are studied. This test can quantify erectile tumescence and rigidity. Rigiscan tracing indicates whether the impotence is organic or psychological in origin.

Arterial insufficiency and venous leaks can also be suspected on the basis of Rigiscan graphs. Patients with purely artery disease have low levels of rigidity but of adequate duration. Patients with venous leak will have varying rigidity levels with shortened duration.

Penile Ultrasound :

This test is for evaluation of the functioning of the penile arteries. A simple acoustic Doppler emits auditory signals or a colour Doppler can help visualization of arteries. Cavernosometry and caver nosography: this haemodynamic test is useful for diagnosing venous-occlusive dysfunction of the corpora. Biothesiometry, electromyography , nerve conduction studies: these are for evaluation of neurogenic impotence.

Treatment

Counseling

Sexual dysfunction is a marital unit problem and therefore both, husband and wife, should attend. Counselling is towards strengthening the marital relationship. Wife is requested to co-operate. The client is requested to quit smoking and alcohol. He is advised relaxation exercise, yoga. The couple is educated about anatomy, physiology of sexual organs sexuality are countered. Their myths and misconceptions about sexuality are countered. They are also explained that he does not have to do anything to have an erection. Erection is a physiological response to effective stimuli.

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How Physiotherapy Can Help You In Case Of Facial Paralysis?

Dr. Hemant Gaur 89% (46 ratings)
MPT, Mphill
Physiotherapist, Delhi
How Physiotherapy Can Help You In Case Of Facial Paralysis?

Facial paralysis can happen due to many factors. Sometimes inflammation develops around the facial nerve as it passes through the skull from the brain. This presses on the nerve and makes it stop functioning. As the nerve stops functioning, so does the muscle it controls.

This is what happens in Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis.

Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone and its cause is, hold your breath, a viral infection. Herpes zoster, Varicella zoster and HIV viruses can cause Bell’s palsy. It is a common cause of a facial paralysis but there are many others too that affect or damage facial nerve. These include head injury, sarcoidosis, lyme disease, growths in the ear, tumours in the parotid gland, brain tumours and stroke.

The weakness of the face usually one-sided is a symptom of Bell’s palsy. The face may droop to one side, chewing food is also tough, drooling, dry eyes and difficulty wrinkling forehead and speech are other symptoms of Bell’s palsy, the most common reason for facial paralysis.

Treatment:

The type of therapy you receive for facial paralysis will depend on its cause. It will also develop on how long you’ve suffered from facial paralysis and the extent of damage to the facial nerve. Your physiotherapist can help and so can speech and language therapists to deal with the issue. In physiotherapy, a treatment called 'facial retraining' with facial exercises helps with facial palsy. It is important that you seek help from a therapist who specialises in facial rehabilitation only.

This is what you can expect from facial rehabilitation therapy

  1. Exercises for eye care

  2. Exercises for dry mouth management

  3. Exercises to make drinking and eating easier

  4. Speech therapy

Your physiotherapist will educate you on how the facial nerve works and how it recovers. This is important to make you recover. A home therapy programme plays an important role too. It includes massages to keep face muscles mobile and healthy, stretches to lengthen muscles, exercises to help re-learn balanced facial movements and relaxation of your facial nerve and muscles.

The physiotherapist will work on your facial movement to make muscles fit. The basic idea is to slowly rewire the brain-to-nerve-to-muscle pathway. The physiotherapist’s first step is to retrain you to do correct movements voluntarily, while mentally focusing on the movement.

  • Physiotherapy may take months but keep at it to recover completely, especially the home exercises. 
  • Injections of botulinum toxin or Botox also help especially if you suffer from spasms in facial muscles. Surgery is also an option for chronic cases.
  • Remember that exercises should be done gently as well as daily to reap benefits. Always do these exercises with the help of a therapist only. Doing exercises by yourself can be counter- productive.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Facial Paralysis- How Can Physiotherapy Help You Get Better?

Dr. Pankaj Das 88% (168 ratings)
Master of Physiotherapy, Bachelor in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Guwahati
Facial Paralysis- How Can Physiotherapy Help You Get Better?

Facial paralysis can happen due to many factors. Sometimes inflammation develops around the facial nerve as it passes through the skull from the brain. This presses on the nerve and makes it stop functioning. As the nerve stops functioning, so does the muscle it controls. This is what happens in Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis.

Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone and its cause is, hold your breath, a viral infection. Herpes zoster, Varicella zoster and HIV viruses can cause Bell’s palsy. Bell's palsy is a common cause of a facial paralysis but there are many others too that affect or damage facial nerve. These include head injury, sarcoidosis, lyme disease, growths in the ear, tumours in the parotid gland, brain tumours and stroke.

The weakness of the face usually one-sided is a symptom of Bell’s palsy. The face may droop to one side, chewing food is also tough, drooling, dry eyes and difficulty wrinkling forehead and speech are other symptoms of Bell’s palsy, the most common reason for facial paralysis.

Treatment:

The type of therapy you receive for facial paralysis will depend on its cause. It will also develop on how long you’ve suffered from facial paralysis and the extent of damage to the facial nerve.

Your physiotherapist can help and so can speech and language therapists to deal with the issue.

In physiotherapy, a treatment called 'facial retraining' with facial exercises helps with facial palsy. It is important that you seek help from a therapist who specialises in facial rehabilitation only.

This is what you can expect from facial rehabilitation therapy-

  1. Exercises for eye care

  2. Exercises for dry mouth management

  3. Exercises to make drinking and eating easier

  4. Speech therapy

Your physiotherapist will educate you on how the facial nerve works and how it recovers. This is important to make you recover. A home therapy programme plays an important role too. It includes massages to keep face muscles mobile and healthy, stretches to lengthen muscles, exercises to help re-learn balanced facial movements and relaxation of your facial nerve and muscles.

The physiotherapist will work on your facial movement to make muscles fit. The basic idea is to slowly rewire the brain-to-nerve-to-muscle pathway. The physiotherapist’s first step is to retrain you to do correct movements voluntarily, while mentally focusing on the movement.

Physiotherapy may take months but keep at it to recover completely, especially the home exercises. Injections of botulinum toxin or Botox also help especially if you suffer from spasms in facial muscles. Surgery is also an option for chronic cases. Remember that exercises should be done gently as well as daily to reap benefits. Always do these exercises with the help of a therapist only. Doing exercises by yourself can be counter- productive. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Physiotherapy Can Help Manage Facial Paralysis?

Dr. Varun Shanbhag 86% (10 ratings)
BPTh/BPT, Bachelor In TCM, DTCM
Physiotherapist, Mumbai
How Physiotherapy Can Help Manage Facial Paralysis?

Facial paralysis can happen due to many factors. Sometimes inflammation develops around the facial nerve as it passes through the skull from the brain. This presses on the nerve and makes it stop functioning. As the nerve stops functioning, so does the muscle it controls.

This is what happens in Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis.

Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone and its cause is, hold your breath, a viral infection. Herpes zoster, Varicella zoster and HIV viruses can cause Bell’s palsy.

Bell's palsy is a common cause of a facial paralysis but there are many others too that affect or damage facial nerve. These include head injury, sarcoidosis, lyme disease, growths in the ear, tumours in the parotid gland, brain tumours and stroke.

The weakness of the face usually one-sided is a symptom of Bell’s palsy. The face may droop to one side, chewing food is also tough, drooling, dry eyes and difficulty wrinkling forehead and speech are other symptoms of Bell’s palsy, the most common reason for facial paralysis.

Treatment:

The type of therapy you receive for facial paralysis will depend on its cause. It will also develop on how long you’ve suffered from facial paralysis and the extent of damage to the facial nerve.

Your physiotherapist can help and so can speech and language therapists to deal with the issue.

In physiotherapy, a treatment called 'facial retraining' with facial exercises helps with facial palsy. It is important that you seek help from a therapist who specialises in facial rehabilitation only.

This is what you can expect from facial rehabilitation therapy-

  1. Exercises for eye care

  2. Exercises for dry mouth management

  3. Exercises to make drinking and eating easier

  4. Speech therapy

Your physiotherapist will educate you on how the facial nerve works and how it recovers. This is important to make you recover. A home therapy programme plays an important role too. It includes massages to keep face muscles mobile and healthy, stretches to lengthen muscles, exercises to help re-learn balanced facial movements and relaxation of your facial nerve and muscles.

The physiotherapist will work on your facial movement to make muscles fit. The basic idea is to slowly rewire the brain-to-nerve-to-muscle pathway. The physiotherapist’s first step is to retrain you to do correct movements voluntarily, while mentally focusing on the movement.

Physiotherapy may take months but keep at it to recover completely, especially the home exercises.

Injections of botulinum toxin or Botox also help especially if you suffer from spasms in facial muscles. Surgery is also an option for chronic cases.

Remember that exercises should be done gently as well as daily to reap benefits. Always do these exercises with the help of a therapist only. Doing exercises by yourself can be counter- productive.

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Why Physiotherapy Is Good For Facial Paralysis?

Dr. Ranjana Arora 87% (217 ratings)
B.P.T, M.P.T(ORTHO), Certification In Gym Instructor & Prenatal & Post Natal
Physiotherapist, Gurgaon
Why Physiotherapy Is Good For Facial Paralysis?

Facial paralysis can happen due to many factors. Sometimes inflammation develops around the facial nerve as it passes through the skull from the brain. This presses on the nerve and makes it stop functioning. As the nerve stops functioning, so does the muscle it controls.

This is what happens in Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis. Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone and its cause is, hold your breath, a viral infection. Herpes zoster, Varicella zoster and HIV viruses can cause Bell’s palsy. Bell's palsy is a common cause of a facial paralysis but there are many others too that affect or damage facial nerve. These include head injury, sarcoidosis, lyme disease, growths in the ear, tumours in the parotid gland, brain tumours and stroke.

The weakness of the face usually one-sided is a symptom of Bell’s palsy. The face may droop to one side, chewing food is also tough, drooling, dry eyes and difficulty wrinkling forehead and speech are other symptoms of Bell’s palsy, the most common reason for facial paralysis.

Treatment:

The type of therapy you receive for facial paralysis will depend on its cause. It will also develop on how long you’ve suffered from facial paralysis and the extent of damage to the facial nerve.

Your physiotherapist can help and so can speech and language therapists to deal with the issue.

In physiotherapy, a treatment called 'facial retraining' with facial exercises helps with facial palsy. It is important that you seek help from a therapist who specialises in facial rehabilitation only.

This is what you can expect from facial rehabilitation therapy-

  1. Exercises for eye care

  2. Exercises for dry mouth management

  3. Exercises to make drinking and eating easier

  4. Speech therapy

Your physiotherapist will educate you on how the facial nerve works and how it recovers. This is important to make you recover. A home therapy programme plays an important role too. It includes massages to keep face muscles mobile and healthy, stretches to lengthen muscles, exercises to help re-learn balanced facial movements and relaxation of your facial nerve and muscles.

The physiotherapist will work on your facial movement to make muscles fit. The basic idea is to slowly rewire the brain-to-nerve-to-muscle pathway. The physiotherapist’s first step is to retrain you to do correct movements voluntarily, while mentally focusing on the movement.

Physiotherapy may take months but keep at it to recover completely, especially the home exercises.

Injections of botulinum toxin or Botox also help especially if you suffer from spasms in facial muscles. Surgery is also an option for chronic cases.

Remember that exercises should be done gently as well as daily to reap benefits. Always do these exercises with the help of a therapist only. Doing exercises by yourself can be counter- productive.

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