Bell's and Facial Palsy: The Evidence-Based Toolbox


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Facial palsy brings about psychosocial and musculoskeletal challenges which have a significant impact on communication and bolus management. A diagnoses familiar to the rehabilitation clinician, there remains limited access to education and therapeutic applications for the re-education of the neuromuscular system. In this course, the instructor will guide participants through a variety of treatment options including myofascial release, kinesiology taping and biofeedback. Etiologies of facial palsy such as, Bell's, Ramsey Hunt, Myasthenia Gravis, stroke and more will be discussed. This course will discuss strategies that offer muscular inhibition in synkinesis and craniomandibular spasticity, muscular recruitment for orofacial control. Course instruction will demonstrate approaches to minimize headaches, jaw pain and cervical pain as a result of postural compensations of the jaw and poor breath patterns. Laboratories will broaden your therapeutic toolbox to improve patient outcomes with evidence-based approach to exercise, sEMG use, Myofascial Release and kinesiology taping. John Kelly is a one-of-a-kind instructor who is helping to redefine the medical practice of Speech Language Pathology and interdisciplinary rehabilitation providers.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

John Kelly


A graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s graduate Physical Therapy Program. John has over 17 years’ experience with acute inpatient and hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation and currently an outpatient clinical director for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John continues to balance full time patient care with administrative responsibilities. John is NDT certified and an experienced manual orthopedic therapist working toward his clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification. John is a certified VitalStim® Instructor and has taught orthopaedic and electrotherapy courses across the country. John is an accomplished clinical instructor and consistently is recognized for his exceptional patient rapport and strong evaluations from course participants.

Financial Disclosure: John is a salaried employee for his position at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live courses. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Course Agenda

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:15
Introductions and program overview (Starts 8:00am CST, 9:00am EST, 7:00am Mountain and 6:00am Pacific)
08:15 - 09:15
Pathophysiology and medical management
09:15 - 09:30
Functional anatomy of facial expression, phonation and mastication
09:30 - 10:00
Laboratory and discussion: palpation and myofascial check sheet
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:15
Examination; objective measures, grading scales and care plan
11:15 - 11:45
Synkinesis defined and treatment considerations
11:45 - 12:00
Myofascial restriction, trauma of immobility
12:00 - 12:15
Laboratory and discussion: oral and facial myofascial release technique
12:15 - 01:15
Lunch (30 minute lunch for live stream events)
01:15 - 02:15
Laboratory continued: oral and facial myofascial release technique
02:15 - 02:45
Guidelines in application kinesiology taping for facial paresis
02:45 - 03:15
Laboratory and discussion: oral and facial kinesiology taping suggestions
03:15 - 03:45
Treatment exercise program and home exercise progression
03:45 - 04:00
04:00 - 04:45
Laboratory and discussion: manual resistance, functional muscle recruitment and exercise progression
04:45 - 05:00
sEMG biofeedback suggestions, placement and interpretation
05:00 - 05:15
Laboratory and discussion: sEMG demonstration
05:15 - 05:30
Case study and discussion; incorporating contemporary techniques into treatment, clinical reasoning and decision paradigm
05:30 - 05:30

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 8 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.8 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.8AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (8 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2202009#TX
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • 8 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, MD (MSBPTE #2021-83 for 8CCUs), TX (APTA TX Chapter Approval #2202009#TX for 8 CCUs)
  • 9.6 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 9.5 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-711539)

Contact hours applied for:

  • Applied for:

Intermediate Level

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)