You are probably suffering from Bells Palsy- Get onto it quick to lessen muscle weakness! Bell’s palsy is a fairly common condition that causes a sudden weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. It is most common in individuals between the ages of 15-45 years of either sex. The weakness results from damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles which causes a facial droop on the affected side. Bell’s palsy can commonly be mistaken for a stroke as the symptom of facial drooping is similar, however there is no link between the two. Bell’s palsy often occurs overnight and the facial muscles return to normal after about 3 months. The specific cause of Bell’s palsy is not clear however it is thought to be due to the herpes virus or some other infection causing swelling of the facial nerve at where it exits the skull. The pinched swollen nerve becomes inflamed resulting in Bell’s palsy. Symptoms of Bell’s palsy include;
  • A sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of the face which causes a facial drooping.
  • Drooling
  • Eye problems (excessive tearing or a dry eye)
  • Loss of ability to taste
  • Pain in or behind your ear
  • Numbness in affected side of the face
  • Increased sensitivity to sound
If you experience any of these symptoms and suspect you may be experiencing Bell’s palsy come in and see one of our experienced chiropractors at Lakeside Laser in Joondalup. Several conditions can cause facial paralysis such as trauma and infection so it is vital a correct diagnosis is reached as soon as possible. The technicians at Lakeside Laser will provide a comprehensive facial nerve examination which involves eye closure, raising the eyebrows, smiling, frowning and pursing the lips. A full examination will allow them to reach a concise diagnosis as to whether you are experiencing Bell’s palsy. A method that the technicians at Lakeside Laser have had success with is using laser therapy in relieving the symptoms of Bell’s palsy. The laser works in many ways to help the symptoms which include;
  • Increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Reduces pain
  • Directly stimulates the nerve tissue repair itself
All of these have an effect on significantly speeding up the normal recovery and healing time process of Bell’s palsy. We have successfully managed to treat many cases of Bell’s palsy in our laser clinic in Joondalup. We find that generally the quicker you get onto it, the better it is, as it lessens the muscle wastage or atrophy. Lakeside Laser in Joondalup has knowledgeable and skilled technicians. All technicians have a protocol to treat Bell’s palsy with laser. Along with years of training in help people ease pain and get on to the road to recovery quicker. We service the surrounding suburbs of Ocean Reef, Tapping, Padbury, Hillarys, Edgewater, Wanneroo, Kinross, Connolly, Iluka, Currambine, Greenwood, Yanchep, Carramar, Gnangara, Woodvale, Mullaloo, Kingsley and Banksia Grove. Please come and see our friendly and experienced technicians to help with your symptoms. So if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Bell’s palsy, do not hesitate to come in for an examination at Lakeside Laser. Call us on 9300 0095 to make an appointment
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