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Bell's Palsy Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

Bell’s Palsy is the sudden weakness of your facial muscles on one half of the face. These exercises may seem like you are just making funny faces, but this will help get the weak muscles working again. Read Doctor Jo’s blog post about this video at:

You want to do these in front of a mirror so you can see the movements you are getting. You can use your fingers to help with the movement if you need to, and move both sides of your face for the exercises.

The first exercise is lifting your eyebrows like you are surprised. If you need to use your finger, place it right above your eyebrow and then lift both eyebrows up like you are surprised. Just start off with ten of these because you don’t want to overwork the muscles. The next one is moving the eyebrows in together, almost like an angry face. Again, you can put your finger on top of your eyebrow and push inward to help the movement.

Now you will move down to the nose area and flare your nose. You can flare them out or down. Put your finger right in the crease of the nose to help the movement. Then you are going to move to your lips. You are going to try to make a smiley face curving your lips upward. Put your finger on the corner of your lip to help it move upward.

Eventually you can try to hold the position for 3 seconds, but just start off with ten of each to get the muscles moving.

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Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy.


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DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy; however, she is not YOUR Physical Therapist and can’t possibly diagnose you through the Internet. So don’t use this information to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won’t help, and it could make things worse. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional.


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