Facial Exercises for Bell's Palsy
Bell's Palsy can be a debilitating, as well as emotionally traumatizing condition where a paralysis takes place in your facial nerves resulting in the inability to control certain facial muscles. However, there are numerous facial exercises to help regain control of facial muscles affected by this condition. These facial exercises may improve muscle tone and nerve recovery in the affected areas. These exercises should be done every day, at least 10 to 20 minutes until the desired results are achieved.
Massage your Face
Massage your face using firm, circular motions with your hands. Start by your cheeks and work your way outwards. Move this massage to your forehead, nose and chin. Massage your entire face for at least 3 minutes in each area. This will help to improve blood circulation in the facial muscles as well as tone the muscles in your face.
Pucker Your Lips
Pucker your lips as if you were going to kiss someone. Curl the upper lip and try to make it reach the tip of your nose. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat. Do this at least 10 times to achieve maximum results.
Smile for 15 seconds while not showing your teeth. Hold it. Then smile for 15 seconds while showing your teeth. Hold it again. Repeat this process at least four times.
Isolate the Cheek
Put one of your thumbs inside of your mouth, against the inner part of your cheek. Grab the outside of your cheek with a couple of your fingers; pull down, then push forward on your cheek. Hold it for 10 to 20 seconds, then repeat. Repeat this process 7 to 10 times.
Work the Chin Muscles
Harden the chin the best you can by making it stick out as if you were taking a punch. Focus all your strength in tightening these chin muscles and hold it for at least 20 seconds. Rest and repeat this at least 10 times.
Work the Forehead Muscles
Take your two index fingers and move them up to the top of your eyebrows. Firmly put pressure on your eyebrows as if you were pushing your eyebrows up to your hairline. While applying this pressure, try to close your eyes as hard as you can for about 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat this process about 7 to 10 times.
Raise Your Eyebrows
Raise your eyebrows as high as you can for 15 to 20 seconds. Release, then repeat about 10 times.
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