Physical Therapy for Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s Palsy is typically seen as the rapid onset of one sided facial paralysis or weakness, frequently without history of trauma or mechanical injury. Most patients with Bell’s Palsy improve rapidly with Physical Therapy. Physical therapy treatments have been shown to lessen anxiety related to cosmetic facial appearances, as well as reduce key functional impairments, particularly involving the eye, nose, and mouth.
Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy often include:
- Inability to close the affected eyelid
- Dryness or excessive tearing of the eye
- Muscular drooping, particularly of the eyelid and/or upper lip
- Lack of facial expression, difficulty drinking, speaking and tasting
- Hypersensetivity and pain to the face, jaw, ear complex and scalp
How Can Physical Therapy Help with Bell’s Palsy?
At Western Berks Physical Therapy, the early focus of physical therapy is to help the patient re-educate or re-learn how to use these muscles of facial expression again through applying specific exercises, therapeutic modalities (electrical stimulation), and targeting manual techniques. Your therapist will guide the sequencing of the relearning process through initiation exercises to begin movement, then through facilitation drills to improve the speed and control, to finally coordination routines for combined complex facial motions. Your therapist may also employ pain management strategies to lessen the irritability and hyper-sensitivity of local nerve endings and surrounding tissues designed to improve sleep and normalize daily activity.
Benefits of Bell’s Palsy Treatment at Western Berks
- Confidential, Private Treatment Rooms
- Goals Tailored to Your Needs
- Same Day & Evening Appointments Available
- Flexible Treatment Times
- Accepting All Major Health Care Plans
- Bilingual staff (English, Spanish, Vietnamese & Hindi)
- Convenient, Close by Parking
Contact our facility today and find out how our physical therapy services can help you recover. We proudly serve residents in Robesonia, Wyomissing, Laureldale and the surrounding areas.