Smiling is essential to life... To communicate happiness, demonstrate agreement, satisfaction and that what we are hearing or seeing is funny or pleasant.
Could you imagine a world where no one can or is able to smile?
Smiling is essential...
This can become more of a reality when once is affected by Bell's Palsy and most would do anything to see their lips pull up and out.
Working directly with Bell's palsy sufferers for many years, I know firsthand that regaining the ability to smile is for most a priority. There is a connection between our emotional well beings, our social lives and the ability to smile. For many, not being able to smile is downright depressing and affects them psychologically, bringing on more stress.
So, how does one retrain their face to smile again? What exercises or hands-on technique one can use, at home, to improve and regain their smile, and what should you pay attention to and not overlook?
Pierre-Yves Butheau, MPT, CMP has been a physiotherapist for 19 years and has a passion for helping people move better, return from and prevent injuries, as well as improve their function and quality of life. He has a strong interest in addressing the root cause of and treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions while educating his patients with the knowledge to manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Pierre also has a niche in treating Bell's palsy and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.