Osteopathy Treatment for Peripheral Facial Palsy
What is Peripheral facial palsy?
A peripheral facial palsy describes a lesion and an inflammation of the facial nerve in its lower part (under its nucleus). The result of this lesion is a paralysis of any structures innervated by the nerve affected.
Several causes can be involved in this paralysis such as:
- Physical trauma, especially fracture of the temporal bone (bone which forms the ear in which passes the facial nerve)
- Tumour compressing the nerve
- Infection (herpes zoster virus)
- Bell’s palsy: this refers to facial nerve paralysis due to unknown causes. It represents the most common cause of Peripheral facial palsy
How to recognize a peripheral facial palsy?
Motor level: Asymmetry of the face
- Forehead wrinkles disappear
- One eye stays more open or cannot close at all
- One corner of the mouth sits lower than the other
- Loss of taste
- Dry eyes
Decreased sensitivity of the face
How can osteopathy help for peripheral facial palsy?
As we saw before there are many causes that can be responsible for the facial nerve paralysis. For each case (apart from Bell’s palsy*), medical intervention is the first-line approach to detect and treat the cause of the problem. However, as a second-line treatment, osteopathy can be really beneficial for patients to recover of the symptoms, using gentle cranial osteopathy techniques which help to rebalance the tensions around the facial nerve pathway.
Our London Osteopath is specialised and has experience treating facial palsy, so if you suffer from this pathology and would like to book an appointment or talk to our London osteopath, feel free to give us a call.
We offer osteopathy home visit treatment anywhere in London, but if you prefer to be seen at one of our London practices, you can be seen either at the Light Centre Belgravia, near London Victoria station or at the light centre Moorgate, in the city of London.
Bell’s Palsy* usually doesn’t need a medical treatment since there is no medical cause. Sometimes, corticosteroids are used to help reduce the inflammation of the nerve. In this case, osteopathy can be used as a first-line treatment.
article by James Turgis Chartered Physiotherapist
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