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How Chiropractic Can Treat Bell's Palsy

While it’s not a very common health issue, Bell’s palsy does affect a fair amount of people, and it can be very debilitating for some to try to live with for as long as it lasts. Fortunately, Bell’s palsy is only a temporary condition, usually clearing up completely within six months after the initial diagnosis.

Bell’s palsy is a temporary paralysis of the face, and it is usually caused by trauma or damage to the facial nerves. While it is not the result of a stroke or any acute condition like this, Bell’s palsy does appear relatively suddenly, and often causes one side of the face to droop. In some more rare cases, both sides of the face may appear to droop. If you suspect that you may have Bell’s palsy, it is important to make an appointment to see your primary healthcare giver right away, so you can begin getting the proper treatment needed to relieve this condition. I recently learned from an article by Chiro Nexus that chiropractic care is now considered to be one of the most effective all natural treatment methods for clearing up signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy.

It’s good to know that there are a wide variety of treatment options and methods that are available for patients suffering from the effects of Bell’s palsy. These methods include everything from steroid use to low-level laser therapy. Still, many patients have reported that they would prefer to receive treatment that is natural, and less invasive. This is where many patients turn to chiropractic care for relief from their symptoms. During a visit with a doctor of chiropractic, a patient will be subjected to manual manipulation on certain areas of the face and body that are thought to be contributing to the damage to the nervous system that is causing the facial drooping and possible paralysis as well. Since Bell’s palsy can also cause immobility on one or both sides of the face, a doctor of chiropractic will be sure to focus on restoring movement and mobility to the facial muscles so that a patient can successfully close his or her eyes and/or mouth, which may be kept open as a result of the effects that Bell’s palsy can have on the body. Many patients begin to notice substantial improvements in their conditions after just their first chiropractic session.

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