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Exercises for Bell’s Palsy

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Facial Palsy, causing weakness of the muscles on one side of the face, is a distressing condition as it may cause watering of the eye and dribbling from the side of the mouth. Damage to the facial nerve may be due to infection of injury or due to unknown (“idiopathic”) causes. Bell’s Palsy is “Idiopathic Facial Nerve Palsy”.

The following exercises are designed to help speed recovery (which may be rapid or may take several months), and will be explained to you by your Physiotherapist.

Exercises to stimulate:

There are several exercises you can try to help correct the loss of sensitivity. Before commencing these exercises stimulate your cheek, lips and tongue for 10 minutes by:

  1. Using an ice cube wrapped in a small damp cloth, stroke from your lips across your cheek to the ear. Tap the ice cube around the outside of your lips. Remove the cloth and stroke the inside of your cheek, teeth, lips and tongue.
  2. Tap your cheek and outside of lips firmly with a small artists brush – (firm).
  3. Flick cheek and lips with the back of your hand.

Exercises sitting in front of a mirror:

  1. Try to make the sound ranging from OOOO to EEEEE aiming to make a symmetrical smile. First – use fingers to obtain symmetry – repeat 10 times. Then – try to repeat 10 times again without the assistance of fingers.
  2. Cheek Blowing – hold lips firmly together with assistance of fingers. Puff cheeks out. Repeat 10 times. Repeat 10 times without using fingers to assist.
  3. Sound of P – Press lips firmly together and release to give a strong “P” sound. Repeat 10 times.
  4. Sound of B – As above, try to release a “B” sound. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise for the jaw: open and close your jaw as symmetrically as possible. Repeat 10 times.

Exercises for the tongue:

  1. Poke tongue out straight then point it towards your nose and down to your chin. Repeat 10 times.
  2. Touch your tongue towards the left corner of your mouth and then to the right corner.
  3. Lick your lips all the way round. d. Slide your tongue over your teeth