A couple of years ago a friend of mine developed bells palsy. At first, she had no idea what was happening to her, and she thought she was having a stroke, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Bells palsy is a condition in which one side of your face experiences temporary paralysis, causing that side of the face to droop. My friend felt uncomfortable for weeks, not being able to eat or drink without consciously making an effort not to spill all over herself. And knowing it could take up to three months to recover, she felt very depressed.
Researchers believe that bells palsy is caused by facial nerve damage, which causes swelling. When the nerve swells, it will push against the skull’s hard surface. This will affect how well the nerve works. Also, there is evidence that suggests herpes simplex 1, which is a common cause of cold sores, are accountable for a large number of cases.
At the Eustache Institute, we have treated many people, including my friend, who’ve been diagnosed with having Bells Palsy, working with their doctors to prescribe treatment and ensure quality care. Working in conjunction with other therapies, HBOT has been proven effective in reducing recovery time. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy entails sitting in a pressurized chamber inhaling 100% oxygen for approximately sixty minutes. These treatments will increase the amount of oxygen transported into the blood, helping to improve oxygen delivery to the facial nerve, helping to reduce inflammation.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms below, please contact your doctor immediately.
1. Facial weakness or drooling
2. Unable to close your eyelid or wink
3. Difficulty chewing
4. Decreased sense of taste
5. Your facial muscles twitch
6. Pain or numbness behind your ear
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.