Feb 23, · Like physical therapy, facial massage can help restore function to the area affected by Bell's Palsy, and ease some of the discomfort caused by it. Ask your doctor about a referral to a massage therapist with experience in treating Bell's Palsy with facial massage%(37). Bell’s palsy is a dysfunction (usually a lesion) in the Cranial Nerve VII causing flaccid paralysis of the muscles of facial expression on the same side as the nerve lesion. Bell’s Palsy Massage Therapy Treatment: position supine, no prone – gently support opposite side of head.
Jun 28, · Massage Techniques for Bell’s Palsy Mouth/Lower facial muscles: Manually create a smile with your lips. Gently grasp the corner of your lips with your thumb and index finger and then push your lips toward the center of your face to pucker your lips. Ease your lips upward into a smile again. Massage and facial exercises are an effective treatment to help prevent the facial muscles from shrinking, as explained by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Ask your primary care physician for a referral to a massage therapist or physical therapist who has experience treating Bell's palsy.