Facial Rehabilitation is a unique arm of health care designed to treat facial dysfunction. This may be needed when someone has a vestibular (inner ear) or other balance problem, traumatic brain injury, Cerebral Vascular Accident (stroke), or chronic facial paralysis (loss of muscle function). This rehabilitation is based on clinical research showing that exercise plays a key role in recovering from neurologic injury.
Patients complete a comprehensive evaluation and are trained one-on-one with an experienced physical therapist that has specialized training in facial therapy. After the evaluation, the patient practices certain daily exercises as part of a home program. They return to the Center on a periodic basis to update the program as progress is made.
Since much of the therapy is carried out at home, patients become their own best therapist and know that they are in direct control of their progress. Motivation and commitment to follow the home program are essential.
Although the frequency of visits to the clinic varies, facial rehabilitation can extend over 1-2 years for optimal recovery. Progress is obtained as a result of central nervous system plasticity or, in other words, as the brain is taught new or better movement patterns. Success can be seen even years after injury.