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Bell's Palsy or Facial Nerve Palsy: Case Study

Bell's Palsy
A facial nerve paralysis with symptoms from eye dryness, altered taste to muscle weakness and slurred speech. The cause is unknown and this patient had already tried a full course of anti-viral medication treatment with no change. The current theory in the medical community is that it is related to the chickenpox virus or shingles causing nerve inflammation. Many cases resolve by themselves but I have seen cases that persist for many years and cases with no shingles related outbreaks.
 
 Before Bells Palsy Treatment   Before Treatment: Photo shows obvious assymetry of facial muscles. The patient also had eye dryness, altered taste and numbness of lips. This photo was after a full course of anti-viral medication.
 After Bells Palsy Treatment   After 3 months: Besides, the dramatic muscle tone increase, eye dryness, taste, numbness and pain mostly resolved. Note: The patient also had nutritional supplements & cold laser therapy.***
***The cause for Bell's Palsy is unknown so the treatment for nerve inflammation may not work on everyone especially when nerve damage is caused by a viral infection or other causes. One thing to consider is that there are other causes of inflammation in general. Please keep an open mind to other causes than a viral infection. This patient also had never had any sign of any rash or shingles symptoms so my approach was to target musculoskeletal issues for the facial nerve. The effect of nutritional supplements is unknown and the use of cold laser was not the primary treatment. Cold laser treatment was only used a few times with a shotgun approach of Bell's Palsy treatment.



ChiroWorks Care Center
Anthony Tsai, D.C.
Chiropractor in San Jose, CA
Graston Technique Certified
FAKTR Certified

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