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Facial Paresis

This specialist service is jointly run by Physiotherapy & Speech & Language Therapy with access to Plastics & maxillofacial consultation.

The clinic is held once a month.


What Can the Therapists Do To Help? 

Facial Paresis is the loss of power in some or all of the muscles of the face. It ranges in severity; from slight to more severe. It mainly affects one side but sometimes can affect both sides.

Facial paresis can occur as a result of several different conditions, for example, Bells palsy, Acoustic Neuroma or stroke. 

Specialist Assessment & Therapy is essential to enable recovery of your facial muscles and also to prevent complications caused by facial paresis.


Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists can help you with the following: 

  • Give you an exercise program specific to your individual needs
  • Advice on care of your eye 
  • Education & support to understand the nature of your facial paresis & the course of your recovery.
  • Show you how to use tape to enable better movement in the affected muscles, to improve alignment of the face and/or to enable eye protection 
  • Advise you on eating, drinking and communication
  • Use heat treatment and massage & stretches to manage pain and tightness if needed.
  • Onward referral to specialist services as needed.eg plastics, maxillo facial surgery, eye clinic.


How Can You Access This Clinic?

Referral to the clinic is made via your primary consultant in CUH.

If you have not attended CUH your GP can refer you to Plastics or Neurology & they can then refer onwards to the clinic.


Please note during Covid 19 we offer remote consultation to this clinic via telemedicine so you do not have to attend the hospital to access advice & treatment.