Raise your eyebrow or frown are everyday gestures that can bring you problems at home, school or office, but for someone with facial paralysis represents every challenge with many benefits.
These gesticulations are part of the exercises against facial paralysis, a neuromuscular disorder caused by an injury to the motor and sensory pathways of the facial nerve.
According to specialists from the UNAM, it causes alterations of movement in the muscles of the face, in the secretion of saliva, tears and even in the sense of taste. Sometimes it causes blurred or incomplete vision.
The Clinical Practice Guideline on this condition, from the National Center for Technological Excellence in Health (Cenetec), states that exercises against facial paralysis (known as active) thermotherapy (such as water compresses) and massage do not replace integral treatment.
According to the document of the Ministry of Health, regardless of the degree of affectation, it is recommended to start with the exercises and other non-pharmacological treatments, from the sixth day of diagnosis.
The ideal is to perform 2 repetitions of each exercise 3 times a day and preferably in front of the mirror. In some cases, you can support yourself with your fingers.