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Rehabilitation therapies are offered at the Johns Hopkins Facial Paralysis and Pain Treatment Center as a treatment option for those patients suffering from facial paralysis. The goal is to treat the patient so that ultimately they can smile in a social situation.
Some of the therapies include:
1. Neuromuscular rehabilitation. These include a range of motion exercises, teaching and strengthening the muscles. Injured and weakened muscles will try and get stronger, but will sometimes not perform efficiently. The goal of neuromuscular rehabilitation is to facilitate the ones we want to work and inhibit the ones that are not operating efficiently.
Within this category are two popular forms of therapy. These include:
2. Massage. Massage is another form of therapy. By gently manipulating the muscles and nerves in the face, the therapist can provide another form of stimulation and help the patient to identify certain feelings and patterns.