Neuromuscular Facial Retraining
Neuromuscular facial retraining is a non-surgical approach to the rehabilitation of facial paralysis caused by
- Viral attacks
- Bell's palsy
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster oticus)
- Surgical trauma to facial nerve:
- Removal of vestibular shwannoma (acoustic neuroma), meningioma, other skull base tumors
- Other trauma to facial nerve
- Lyme disease
Facial neuromuscular retraining is an effective treatment for recovery of normal facial movements after facial paralysis. Retraining techniques used at Mainstay PT treat muscular impairments ranging from flaccidity to mass action and synkensis. Synkensis is the development of linked or unwanted movements and is a common and distressing symptom in a majority of individuals recovering from facial paralysis.
Facial paralysis can be both physically and emotionally taxing. The goals for facial retraining at Mainstay PT are to improve facial muscle control, reduce or eliminate unwanted and abnormal facial movements, and enhance patient satisfaction and quality of life.
Research article on the benefits of neuromuscular facial retraining http://ptjournal.apta.org/content/90/3/391.long