Overcoming the effects of facial paralysis is a long and difficult process. Dr. Azizzadeh and the staff of The Facial Paralysis Institute know the importance that each step along the journey to facial reanimation has in a successful recovery. Our goal is to provide a physical therapy program that will help facilitate facial symmetry and improve facial paralysis. With the proper exercise and physical therapy, facial paralysis patients can recover some of their lost facial movement and regain the animation in their facial expressions. Whether your journey to facial reanimation includes surgery and physical therapy or just the therapy itself, our staff is committed to helping you every step of the way.
At The Facial Paralysis Institute, we stress the importance of being evaluated by an expert neuromuscular therapist to learn the proper exercises for your condition. Every facial paralysis patient is unique and has a different functional profile. Therefore, there is no one physical therapy protocol that works for everyone. Upon evaluation with our physical therapists, you will learn the exact exercises that will benefit you the most.
Our customized physical therapy sessions are planned around each patient’s personal prognosis and the severity of their condition to ensure the physical therapy program they receive at The Facial Paralysis Institute is tailored to address their specific needs. Dr. Azizzadeh and his staff utilize a number of techniques to help improve facial symmetry in facial paralysis. Below are two of the most commonly used approaches by our physical therapists.
Physical Therapy Techniques for Facial Paralysis
Neuromuscular Retraining (NMR)
Entails subtle, but critically important exercises to teach and retrain your brain to coordinate the facial muscles more effectively and efficiently.
During your session a series of different massage techniques are developed to address your individual needs. The goal is to decrease facial muscle tightness and to improve flexibility and range of motion. Initially these techniques may be performed by our physical therapists, but ultimately the therapist will teach you the techniques so you can perform them regularly at home for the greatest benefit.
While it is tempting to provide general facial exercises on a website, it is important to understand that exercises done incorrectly or exercises that are not appropriate for your condition can create more problems.
During an initial consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh will discuss your physical therapy treatment options, explain the benefits of physical therapy programs, and detail the prognosis and recovery that you can expect from the treatment. If you have been suffering from this life-altering condition, let Dr. Azizzadeh and his staff help you reanimate your life.
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For more detailed information about our customized approach to facial paralysis physical therapy and to learn what facial exercises will be the best for your condition, please schedule a consultation with facial paralysis expert Dr. Azizzadeh – (310) 657-2203.
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