Facial Palsy UK

The recommended treatment for Bell's Palsy is a course of steroids within 72 hours of onset to reduce the inflammation.

The person should massage their face twice daily which helps to maintain circulation and mobility of the facial muscles and also maintains the feeling of movement (which cannot be gained via electrical stimulation). The main focus in the early weeks of recovery is protecting the eye, and facial massage.

Electrical stimulation should only be used under the guidance of a therapist with specialist training in the management of facial palsy. We do not recommend that patients should try this treatment without supervision as there are some indications that it may cause harm when used incorrectly.

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