On your first visit, a comprehensive evaluation will be completed to enable your therapist to formulate a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. You will be seen by an experienced physical therapist with specialized training in facial neuromuscular rehabilitation (fNMR).
After the evaluation, your therapist will provide you with education and training in a personalized home activity program that you will practice daily. Activities may include relaxation training, self massage and stretching, movement facilitation, surface electromyography biofeedback (sEMG biofeedback), mirror exercises, strengthening, and functional activities to help integrate your new movement into your daily activities.
Since most of your therapy is carried out at home, you become your own best therapist and in charge of your progress. Motivation and commitment to your home activity program is essential to your success. Phone, email, and Skype follow-ups with your therapist, between periodic clinic visits, help you remain accountable to your practice and support you in reaching your facial goals.
Treatment is appropriate at all stages of recovery, from initial onset of paralysis to decades after the initial onset of paralysis.
- Acute (within the first few weeks/months from onset);
- Subacute (6 months to 2 years after onset);
- Chronic (longer than 2 years from onset); or
- Post-surgical reanimation
Treatment frequency and duration will vary depending on where you are in the recovery process. Once your initial home activity program is established (1-4 clinic sessions), the frequency of your clinic visits may be as little as once every one (1) to three (3) months to advance your home program to the next level. Special arrangements are made for those clients coming to MLC from out of area.
Depending on your specific therapeutic needs, some sessions can be effectively performed via video conferencing, enabling you to receive treatment in the comfort of your own home over the internet. Please see the section: Tele-Rehabilitation for details.