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Resistance training increases muscle strength by making your muscles work against a weight or force.
Think of it as increasing the effectiveness of your facial exercises for maximum benefit.
Resistance training is based on the principle that muscles of the body will work to overcome a resistance force when they are required to do so. When you do resistance training repeatedly and consistently, your muscles become stronger.
With facial muscles the external resistance is created with your fingers either opposing the movement or creating pressure in key spots.
It literally forces a muscle or group of muscles to wake up and at least start performing the action.
Where you can get even a little engagement you can get more.
Knowing where to press to create resistance to correct unwanted facial movement is also beneficial. I speak more on this on the Release page.
My own experience with the common facial exercises available for facial palsy rehabilitation were disappointing. I practiced them regularly with very little improvement.
They may be all you need if you are blessed with a quick recovery so I have included them below.
I also offer below, the foundational neck strengthening exercises that are key to full rehabilitation.
How often should I do facial exercises?
Do Not attempt facial exercise until you have started to experience the return of movement.
If your face begins to get tight or contract stop forcing movement exercises and focus on release techniques.
The frequency of practicing your facial exercises depends on how long the muscles have been inactive. Daily practice is most effective and is necessary if you have long standing facial palsy in order to retrain and recreate those neuropathways. Ways to incorporate some practices into your every day rhythms are offered in the Foundational Roots program. Setting aside time each day to focus on different areas of the face in rotation is most effective.
Recently experiencing facial movement: 20-minutes 2-3 days/week, with daily 5-minute practices
Long standing facial palsy: 20-minutes 2-3 days/week, with daily 5-minute practices
After-care for drooping even decades later may start with daily 5-minute therapies on various focuses to revitalize, then weekly or monthly practice for upkeep.
Everyone's needs are different which is why I share various therapies in such a way that you can choose what to focus on.
A 5-minute video but once learned, this practice will only take 3-minutes a day. It was created as a foundational therapy for Bell's Palsy but will also help correct chronic neck and jaw issues as well as the resulting headaches. Try it every day for a week and you should start noticing the results.
Keep it up for a month and I'll bet you'll be thanking me.
These common facial exercises are offered because seeing someone doing them with facial palsy is helpful.
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