Conditions Treated

Movement Learning Center specializes in the treatment of facial movement disorders due to disruption of the facial nerve.  Treatment is appropriate beginning days after initial onset of paralysis.  Treatment is also effective if begun years to decades after initial onset of facial paralysis.

Medical Diagnoses Include:

  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Ramsey Hunt Syndrome
  • Acoustic Neuroma / Vestibular Schwanoma (secondary affects of)
  • Facial Nerve Schwanoma
  • Trauma to the facial nerve due to: Parotid Tumors, Temporal Bone Fracture, Head Trauma, Brainstem Injury, or Complications from Surgical or Medical Care.
  • Post Facial Reanimation Surgery
  • Congenital Disorders (Mobius syndrome, birth trauma)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Guillian Barre
  • Stroke

Symptoms may include:

  • Facial paralysis & / or weakness, spasm & twitching
  • Abnormal facial movements (synkinesis)
  • Impaired facial expression
  • Pain, spasm, twitching, and facial tightness
  • Inability to close the eye, impaired blink
  • Abnormal tear production (dry eye, tear over-flow, tearing when eating or exercising)
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Difficulties drinking, eating, and swallowing
  • Dry mouth, pocketing of food
  • Biting of the lips or cheek
  • Slurred speech
  • Facial sagging and asymmetry
  • Impaired non-verbal communication
  • Depression and social isolation

We do not treat the following medical conditions:

  • Hemifacial Spasm (studies have shown physical therapy to be of limited value in the treatment of this condition)
  • Blepherospasm

Please contact us to determine if your symptoms and medical diagnoses is appropriate for Facial Neuromuscular Rehab.

NOTICE:  If you have just experienced a sudden or progressive loss of facial function, please seek immediate medical attention.  Facial paralysis can be a sign of a serious medical condition and you should be evaluated by a physician, promptly.