Bell’s Palsy Exercises for the Face
When it comes to Bell’s Palsy exercises, doing therapy on the face is a safe, effective, and simple way of recovering from this condition. Before you start, make sure that you are comfortable, and seated in front of a mirror. This helps you observe which muscles are having difficulty with movement so that you can focus on those muscles for your exercise.
Another good tip before you get started would be to familiarize yourself with the muscles of your face. You could even look at a photo of the facial muscles on your smartphone, or print out a photo of it as a reference when you are exercising. Knowing which muscle groups are affected can help you target those specific muscle groups and helps improve your chances of recovery.
Moving your muscles is very important since muscles tend to atrophy or waste away if they are unused. This means that if you suffer from the condition and do not undergo therapy using Bell’s Palsy exercises, you may not be able to fully recover from your condition.
Move the different parts of your face
In order to do this exercise, you need be in front of a mirror. You can choose to do this exercise either sitting down or standing up, so long as you are comfortable. Start by moving the different parts of your face one by one. You can start with moving your forehead, and then your eyes, then try and move your nose and cheeks, and then your mouth.
You might notice that one side of your face tends to move more than the other. That is fine. Try to use your fingers to slowly move the affected muscles, and get them to budge. Do this exercise a few minutes at a time, and about two to three times throughout the day.
Whenever you do these Bell’s Palsy exercises, try to focus on the muscle groups that are difficult to move, as well as the sensation of trying to move those muscles. This should help you keep those muscles in good working condition so that you can recover from Bell’s Palsy.
Scrunch up your face
Scrunching up your face is the second in our list of the most effective Bell’s Palsy exercises. This exercise involves moving your cheeks along with your nose and scrunching up your face. Again, you may notice that one side is not moving as much as the other. You can use your fingers to move the muscles so it matches the movement of the other side. Doing this helps keep the muscles moving and prevents them from becoming weaker due to lack of use.