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

    Successful Outcomes with Exercise, sEMG, Myofascial Release and Kinesiology Taping

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    Course Calendar

    Add to Calendar 12/10/2021 08:00 AM 12/10/2021 05:00 PM America/Chicago Bell's and Facial Palsy: The Evidence-Based Toolbox Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
    Phone: 972-313-2800
    Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South CIAO Seminars, Inc mail@ciaoseminars.com false MM/DD/YYYY

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE CE):
  1. in the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. via LIVE STREAM around the world - Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor.

Course begins: 8:00 AM Central (9:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Mountain; 6:00 AM Pacific)
Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.

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.

NOTE: Participants will observe demonstrations of NMES and sEMG during this course, however demonstrations do not qualify as competency training. In accordance with professional code of ethics, participants must receive competency training in order to use these modalities. Contact CIAO for more information on competency trainings.

AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Intervention, Outcomes
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation

Course Labs

This course will have an extensive number of labs demonstrated. For the best experience, it is recommended to have a partner to perform the labs.

Lab Equipment

The instructor will demonstrate sEMG use application of kinesiology tape. Participants may choose to have these items available during the event, however it is not necessary. Registrants will receive an email prior to the event date outlining what items and how much to have on hand if the participant would like to perform these labs at home during the course. All other labs will not require additional items.


There is no pre-course requirement for this course, however participants will have the best experience if they have a solid understanding of anatomy/physiology of the head and neck.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify anatomic structure and physiology pertaining to CN VII and orofacial myofascia
  • Define pathophysiology of Bell’s Palsy, Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Describe kinematic consequence of muscular and soft tissue dysfunction with their effects on functional activity
  • Relate postural impairment and basic craniomandibular dysfunction to mastication, bolus management
  • Define an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation in the management of facial palsy
  • Outline Safety First, protection and patient education to minimize further complication
  • Discuss precautions and contraindications with therapeutic intervention, manual therapy and electrical stimulation
  • Select evaluations and measurements for the assessment of facial palsy and treatment outcomes
  • Identify a proper treatment approach and therapeutic techniques through selected case studies based on evaluation findings; manual therapy, kinesiology taping, exercise, sEMG and home exercise progression
  • Identify interdisciplinary roles for facial palsy rehabilitation

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.

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

Delivery VIA:

  • Live On Tour - This course is now being offered live on locations throughout the United States.
  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be.
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL.

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 (0.8 AOTA 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 CA (CIAO21-35), 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. PT/PTAs and OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-711539)
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MO, MA, MI, MT, NE, NC, NH, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY

  • This course is offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

    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)


    "Great presentation, very informative!"

    - Houston, TX / May 2021

    "I honestly feel that this is the best course I've taken in my 11 years of practice. I enjoyed the format, information was over a topic I knew little about, and I came out of this actually energized to treat a group of patients I typically avoid. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "I thought the Livestreaming was an effective way to present this material."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Great course, thank you!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Excellent presentation, easy flow with instruction, great handout (a larger font would be great, but...) & and enjoyable experience to participate in!! Thanks so much! Plan to look into the other taping course I missed!! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Excellent course and presenter"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2020

    "I've been passionate about treating this population for the past 15 years, even starting and facilitating a support group. Patients have travelled to Ohio for treatment from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and all over Ohio. During these years there has been almost no one using all these modalities and it is a thrill to see this happening now, and to see more evidence based studies for approaches that have worked for my patients. John, I am sidetracked now by COVID, unable to work (I have Myeloma) but as soon as my doc clears me (? a vaccine?) I hope to be working, especially to care for this underserved patient population. I look forward to communicating with you in the future. Thanks for the teaching and validation of these modalities! Marilyn Crossley, M.A. CCC-SLP"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2020

    "Thank you for offering this course! This is an area that doesn't get a lot of attention and I am grateful for the information provided so I can better serve this population!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2020

    "Have a stronger knowledge of efficacy of how and when to intervene. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2020

    "I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I cannot believe that I sustained attention for 8 hours, but that is a testament to the presenter. I learned so much! My feedback would be to strongly encourage participants to wait for responses to their questions until the end. I felt as though every time John was on a roll on a topic he was interrupted by an irrelevant question. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2020

    "My third course taken with John and they always leave me wanting to learn more!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2020