Event Abstract


  • 1 Georgia Chiropractic Neurology, United States
  • 2 Life University, United States

Background: This case series reports three patients presenting with Bell’s palsy and treated with mirror image technique to restore motor function to the affected areas. All three patients were women with insidious onset Bell’s palsy and symptoms had persisted from one week up to three years when patients presented for evaluation. The patients had sought other care for their complaint with no resolution. Methods: In each case, the patient was given a thorough neurological evaluation and mirror image therapy was prescribed along with other therapies. Patients were instructed to look at the functioning side of their face in a mirror and told to make movements with the functioning side of their face. Therapy continued until the patient was fatigued or had attained movement on the non-functioning side. Results: In each case the patients achieved a reversal of paralysis during the mirror image therapy and total reversal of paralysis was achieved within the treatment period. Conclusion: Mirror image therapy has been shown to be beneficial in relieving limb paralysis and phantom limb pain. Use of mirror image therapy as a treatment for Bell’s palsy has not been documented. Use of this therapy could provide benefit to patients in avoiding muscle atrophy and other complications such as eye irritation and blindness that are sequelae of Bell’s palsy and further investigation should be conducted.

Keywords: Facial Paralysis, Bell's palsy, motor rehabilitation, mirror image, Neurorehabilitation

Conference: International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience: TBI and Neurodegeneration, Orlando, Florida, United States, 10 Dec - 14 Dec, 2015.

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Topic: Case Study Reports

Citation: Ellis, D.C. DACNB M, Miteiko, D.C. B and Gibson C (2015). RESOLUTION OF BELLS PALSY WITH MIRROR IMAGE REHABILITATION: A CASE SERIES. Front. Neurol. Conference Abstract: International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience: TBI and Neurodegeneration. doi: 10.3389/conf.fneur.2015.58.00024

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Received: 01 Nov 2015; Published Online: 02 Nov 2015.

* Correspondence: Ms. Carla Gibson, Life University, Marietta, GA, 30060, United States, gibsonwellness@gmail.com