Effective Bell’s Palsy Treatments in New York City, NY
As New York City’s leading clinic for Bell’s palsy treatments, we have a strong understanding of how best to diagnose and restore your ability to control your facial muscles. Our approach to treatment focuses on neuromuscular retraining and therapy. We can help you understand how this condition affects your body and what targeted exercises you can do to relieve the condition. Our team has over 30 years of clinical experience and a passion for giving personalized and compassionate patient care. We’ll meet with you, listen to your needs, and offer solutions that will work with your life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What is Bell’s Palsy and How Can It Affect Me?
Bell’s palsy occurs when one side of your face becomes weak or paralyzed. It may cause your face to droop or become stiff and unnatural-looking. This condition can occur when disease or infection impact specific cranial nerves. The most common diseases that cause this condition are diabetes and viral infections like herpes. Associated symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:
- Inability to close your eyelid or blink
- Difficulty chewing
- Decreased sense of taste
- Facial muscle twitches
- Pain or numbness behind the ears
At Pivotal Physical Therapy, we’ve helped countless patients overcome the symptoms of Bell’s palsy and live active, normal lives. We’ll consider your medical history, listen to your needs, and offer effective, noninvasive solutions.
Our Treatment Options
Because the jaw and facial muscles work together for tasks like chewing, drinking, speaking, singing, dental hygiene, etc., we make sure to restore normal and symmetric TMJ range of motion, stability, and function. To accomplish the preceding goals, our treatment focuses on soft tissue mobility, relaxing hypertonic muscles, and increasing the tone of hypotonic tissue. Concurrently with our manual techniques, we engage in neuromuscular retraining. These techniques are simple in scope but offer effective results.
Other noninvasive therapies include using a mirror for visual feedback, and manual and verbal cueing. The facial exercise emphasizes normal facial expressions and functions (e.g., brow lift, eye squinting, blinking, nostril flare, etc.) while avoiding synkinesis and restoring optimal and symmetric facial expressions (e.g., smiling, puckering).
As an adjunct to your in-office treatment, we’ll supply you with the knowledge and techniques to be independent and take control of your progress with an individualized home exercise program.
Our Bell’s Palsy Expertise
We have seen many cases of Bell’s palsy, both with and without reanimation surgery. The most common concerns are regaining normal facial muscle resting tone and facial muscle strength for normal function and facial expressions (e.g., eye closure, blinking, smiling, lip seal, and puckering). To achieve 100% facial muscle function, your facial nerve needs to regain the ability for normal conduction. That is the only way all your facial muscles will get the right type and number of signals from the nerve to contract and relax enough at the right time. We’ll work with you on an ongoing basis to improve your muscular facial control and ensure you feel comfortable throughout the process.