Massages against facial paralysis
In order to understand the great importance of Massages against facial paralysis, it is necessary to understand the most common causes, the consequences generated by paralysis and the most effective complementary treatments based on therapeutic massages.
What is a facial paralysis?
Facial paralysis is the total or partial loss of voluntary muscle movement due to injury to the facial nerve. The facial nerve is a nerve that performs four very different types of functions:
– It picks up the sensitivity of the ear canal.
– Mobility of the muscles on one side of the face.
– Controls tears and saliva.
– It takes care of taste.
Symptoms of facial paralysis
The symptoms of a facial paralysis are very evident since there is absence of voluntary mobility of the muscles, it can start from any side of the face (right side or left side), being observed that half of the face flaccid.
Thus we have some very common symptoms that are:
1. Inability to close the eye.
2. Absence of sensitivity of the ear canal on the affected side.
3. Deviation of the mouth towards the side and down the middle of the affected face.
4. Ear pain.
5. Absence of saliva in the middle of the affected mouth.
6. Absence of taste in the anterior part of the tongue, in the half of the face that is paralyzed.
It should be borne in mind that the symptoms depend on the greater or lesser extent of the nerve that is affected and depending on it some symptoms will not appear.
Causes of facial paralysis
There are many factors that cause facial paralysis. The most frequent picture is facial paralysis from unknown causes, which affects 40% of all cases. It is known in medicine as frigore paralysis or Bell’s palsy.
The second common cause is traumatic facial paralysis, with 28% of cases. Then follow cases of easy paralysis caused by tumors, herpes zoster virus, acute and chronic ear infections.
Treatment of Facial Paralysis with Physiotherapy and Massages.
Local heat: moist compress for 10 minutes in the affected area, to improve circulation and muscle tension.
Electrotherapy: the use of local electrical voltages is understood as electro therapy, since the motor point of the muscle is stimulated.
Assisted active exercises: the exercises are performed continuously and the patient is helped by the index and middle finger placed on the muscle to work in the direction of desired movement, holding them for seconds in the affected area.
Lift the involved muscle with your fingers and hold it for a few seconds. The manual assistance will decrease progressively according to the muscular recovery.
Massage techniques: during massages against facial paralysis, the patient will place the left thumb inside the right cheek (affected area), with the index and middle on the outside, keep the cheek completely stretched between the three fingers down and towards the healthy side without pulling too much of the lower right eyelid, then close the eyes, then forcefully, keeping the cheek stretched.