‘Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about a patient presenting with a condition called Bell’s palsy.’
If you’ve had this is or know someone, then you will know exactly what I’m talking about.
In this article, I want to share successes we’ve had managing Bell’s palsy with complete resolution within a relatively short time.
I must also give credit to my TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine colleague for co-managing these patients and as a result, strongly recommend co-managing with both Chiropractic and TCM treatment.
I might also add these patients required little or no medical intervention.
Let me start by reviewing the definition of Bell’s palsy.
It is characterized by the paralysis or weakness of the facial muscles on one side due to damage of the facial nerve that controls these muscles. The damage is caused by inflammation we think related to a virus.
This leads to a droop.
This nerve damage can also alter your sense of taste, your tears and saliva production.
Onset is usually sudden and although will improve over 6-8 weeks may leave some residual deformity.
WHAT IT IS NOT!
Bell’s palsy is not related to stroke or TIA.
This is not clear. It is thought to be related to the Herpes virus that causes cold sores.
- Sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of your face leading to a droop. This often makes it difficult to close your eye on the affected side leading to excessive tearing or dry eye.
- Loss of ability to taste.
- Pain in or behind your ear.
- Numbness of the affected side of your face.
- Increased sensitivity to sound.
Your Chiropractor is trained to diagnosis Bell’s palsy. He or She will perform a neurological exam to check facial nerve functioning and rule out other conditions. Your Chiropractor may recommend an MRI or CT, or refer you to a GP for blood.
As mentioned in my view it is the combination of Chiropractic and TCM that produce the best results.
Your Chiropractor will focus on the upper neck joints in closest proximity to the brain stem. This is where the facial nerve center is located. In my experience, manual adjustments to the upper neck are imperative as soon as symptoms take hold. These adjustments need to be repeated at least 2x per day for 2-4 days. The same applies to TCM, acupuncture, and herbs. The sooner the better.
In our experience, we have reached a full resolution within 10-12 days without medical intervention.
For further information please do not hesitate to call my office. Time is of the essence.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.