Bell’s Palsy Causes
HIV, which damages the immune system
Sarcoidosis, which causes organ inflammation
Herpes zoster virus
Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis
Common Treatments for Bell’s Palsy
The focus of the first session with your therapist will be assessment. The therapist will want to find out all about your symptoms, any recovery you may have noticed, and any other information that you think he/she should know. Assessment may include some of the following:
- Electrical stimulation therapy which can try and mimic these electrical impulses and help restore muscle tone.
- The therapist will note whether the facial muscles are weak.
- Educate you about how the facial nerve works and how it recovers plays a very important part in the therapy.
- Massage to keep the muscles mobile and healthy.
- Stretches to lengthen muscles which have become short or tight.
- Exercises to help relearn and develop balanced facial movements.
- Relaxation of your facial nerve and muscles.
- Exercises to reduce involuntary, unwanted movements