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 Orofacial Myofunctional and Manual Therapies in Facial Palsy Treatment

If you or a loved one is dealing with facial palsy, you understand the challenges it brings. The inability to express emotions, difficulty speaking and eating, and a loss of self-confidence can have a profound impact on daily life. But there is hope. The effectiveness and importance of orofacial myofunctional therapy and manual therapy as integral parts of treatment. 


Understanding Facial Palsy: It's also known as facial paralysis, is a condition that affects the muscles on one side of the face, resulting in the loss of voluntary control. It can be caused by various factors such as trauma, viral infections, or neurological disorders. Facial palsy not only affects physical appearance but also impacts vital functions like speech, swallowing, and facial expressions.


Redefining Facial Palsy Treatment: One key therapy that has proven effective in treatment is orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT). This specialized therapy focuses on retraining the muscles involved in facial movement, swallowing, and breathing. By addressing underlying muscle dysfunction and establishing proper muscle coordination, OMT aims to restore facial muscle function and improve overall oral health.


The benefits of OMT are manifold. By targeting muscle imbalances and weaknesses, OMT helps:


  1. Facilitate Facial Muscle Rehabilitation: OMT exercises and techniques specifically target the muscles affected by facial palsy, gradually restoring their strength, range of motion, and coordination.


  2. Enhance Speech Articulation: OMT includes exercises to improve tongue and lip control, enabling individuals to regain proper speech articulation and clarity.


  3. Improve Swallowing Function: OMT addresses swallowing difficulties, helping individuals regain control over their swallowing function and reducing the risk of aspiration.


  4. Restore Facial Symmetry: Through tailored exercises, OMT aims to promote balanced muscle strength and symmetry on both sides of the face, resulting in improved facial appearance and boosted self-confidence.


Manual Therapy: Strengthening the Foundation Another crucial treatment is manual therapy. Manual therapists specialize in assessing and rehabilitating the musculoskeletal system, focusing on restoring function and mobility. Manual therapy plays a vital role in strengthening the supportive muscles around the affected area.


Key benefits of manual therapy for facial palsy include:


  1. Muscle Strengthening: Orofacial myofunctional therapy exercises target the surrounding muscles to boost support and stability for the affected facial muscles, aiding in their rehabilitation.


  2. Improving Range of Motion: Manual therapists employ techniques to increase the range of motion in facial muscles, promoting flexibility and facilitating natural movements.


  3. Relieving Muscle Tension: Through manual therapies such as massage and trigger point release, manual therapists help alleviate muscle tension and reduce pain associated with palsy.

What Sets Us Apart

The Power Of Integration

While orofacial myofunctional therapy and manual therapy are effective individually, their combination can yield even more significant results in treating palsy. These therapies work synergistically to address both the functional and structural aspects of facial palsy, promoting comprehensive healing and recovery.


Research studies and case reports have shown promising outcomes when utilizing both therapies together. Patient testimonials highlight noticeable improvement in facial muscle movement, speech, and overall well-being.


If you or someone you know is struggling with facial palsy, do not despair. You have come to the right place! We connect orofacial myofunctional therapy with manual therapy techniques and develop personalized treatment plans to maximize results.


Reclaim control over your facial expressions, speech, and daily activities. Embrace the transformative power of orofacial myofunctional therapy and manual therapy to restore facial muscle function and regain a sense of confidence and normalcy in your life.


Note: This page is for informational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.




  1. Facial Palsy Rehabilitation: A Review of Orofacial Muscle Exercises

  2. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for Facial Palsy: A Systematic Review

Integrative Orofacial Functional Medicine & Recovery

Integrative Orofacial Functional Medicine & Recovery

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