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Astonishing Bells Palsy Remission With Chiropractic

By Chris Brown

Bell's palsy is a nerve condition that affects the facial muscles, causing them to temporarily weaken or become paralyzed. Visually this appears as a drooping and/or difficulty opening or closing an eye on one or both sides of the face. While Bell's palsy is usually a temporary condition, it may take weeks, months, or years to relieve and can be recurring. This period with decreased facial functionality can cause long-term impacts on one's career, relationships, and personal confidence. Research shows that chiropractic may help in reducing the length of Bell's palsy incidents and potentially even prevent future episodes.

Where the Weakened Face Comes From

While doctors know that Bell's palsy results from damage to the seventh cranial nerve, the specific reason for the damage is not entirely understood. Since Bell's palsy commonly occurs one to two weeks following a viral infection or outbreak (such as with the herpes or the Epstein-Barr viruses), it is suspected to be primarily caused by viral nerve damage. Aiding the recovery of the nerve is therefore key to reducing the length and severity of the condition.

How Can Chiropractic Help Bell's Palsy?

Chiropractic manipulation works by correcting spinal subluxations to reduce Bell's palsy symptoms and improve the body's ability to heal from the nerve damage. In one 2011 case study of a 47-year-old woman with Bell's palsy, her symptoms reached 90 percent improvement after nine weeks of chiropractic care, with significant improvement following her first session. This first session improvement was noted similarly in a study of a 49-year-old Bell's palsy sufferer. Symptomatic improvements continued with continued chiropractic care throughout the six months of treatment. Even more amazing, a first treatment successfully provided a 70-80 percent improvement for one 40-year-old man's case with combined laser therapy. Chiropractic's potential immediate benefits (especially when used in conjunction with other therapies), and its low risk, make it an excellent Bell's palsy treatment option for any sufferer.

If you have been hit by an occurrence of Bell's palsy, or concerned about future Bell's palsy episodes, visit The Joint Chiropractic for an affordable consultation and adjustment. Sessions are by walk-in only, so feel free to stop by one of The Joint's 600-plus locations nationwide during their convenient night and weekend hours. The doctors at The Joint are waiting to help relieve the life-affecting symptoms of this conspicuous condition.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tulsa, Okla.

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