Healing From Bell's Palsy

Healing from Bell's Palsy feels like a long slow climb up a mountain.  With few resources to get you up and over into full recovery.  

John's Hopkins explains Bell's palsy as an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and worsens over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve (the 7th cranial nerve). Pain and discomfort usually occur on one side of the face or head. Bell's palsy can strike anyone at any age.

And when it strikes it is devastating.  It's not just half of your face drooping and paralyzed.  Because the nerves are damaged your taste is dulled and your ability to eat is compromised.  Things need to be cut into small pieces and it tends to be a messy business.  Your eye does not blink and your vision becomes blurry.  You have to put eye drops in to keep the eye lubricated and use something at night to keep your eye closed so it can actually rest.  Wind and cold irritate the eye.

Your jaw feels like steel at 1st too and that chronic tension spreads down the neck and into the shoulder as well for most of this journey.

There is no medical treatment for Bell's Palsy.

First thing to do is get your butt to acupuncture as soon as possible.  Go to a traditional Chinese Doctor.  If you are in the London, ON area I highly recommend Lisa Kervin at Pure Blossom Wellness.

The supportive supplements recommended by various therapists are as follows:

(the herbs changed a bit because at 1st I was taking antivirals as well, it just depends on why Bell's Palsy struck you)

Supportive Supplements and Herbs

Disclaimer

Always seek the help of a Health practitioner to advise you on your optimum health program to make sure there are no interactions or contraindications with the supplements, herbs or medications you are taking.

This product and information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure a health issue or disease. Please consult a licensed medical professional, as well as a pharmacist to ensure there are no contra indications before using any herbal products. 

Bells Palsy Self Applied Therapies

I have created a set of videos that you can use anytime you want as needed.  All of the videos are from 3-20 min long so are easy to fit into your day.  They are:

  • Facial massage

  • Neck Release and Stretching

  • Self applied ball therapy to massage and release your neck and shoulders

  • An upper body exercise to open and release the chest and shoulder.

  • Guided meditation for relaxation and stress management.

  • Facial exercises  for when you start regaining movement.  The basic idea behind facial muscle exercises for Bell’s palsy is to slowly recreate the brain-to-nerve-to-muscle routine.

You will need a few tools to work with that are easy to find in stores near you or you can order them below at the bottom of this page.