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

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

  • RESOURCES & DISCIPLINES       Bring This Course to You!

    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

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.


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OTs and PTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.

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 By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com
  • 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. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.

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 #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • 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 a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Approved for:
  • 8 Hrs. PT/PTAs in CA (#CIAO24-39), IL, TX (APTA TX Chapter Approval #2502009#TX for 8 CCUs)
  • 8.0 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, OK, SC, TN
  • 8.0 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 9.5 Hrs. PT/PTAs and OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-711539)
  • 9.6 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY

Contact hours applied for:

  • PT/PTAs in NV

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT,
  • PT/PTAs in NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

  • Intermediate Level
    0.8 ASHA CEUs

    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)


    This course was challenging, however it was presented in a detailed and interesting way. I enjoyed learning new manual and taping techniques.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Excellent course

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Great review of facial anatomy

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2022

    I took the Kinesiotaping class last year and have used this a fair amount in inpatient rehab. This course was a good refresher for taping, and provided new material specific to facial palsy. Thank you, John, for another excellent class!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2022

    Love this course. The information was both foundational for overall learning, but also useful in direct care!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2022

    I really enjoyed the lecture. However, I did feel very disjointed when it came to the test. I tried to recall and look back at my notes for information surrounding the answers. However, I felt some of the answers were not very clear in looking back at the materials. :-( Overall, I enjoyed the class.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2021

    John did an awesome job of presenting the information in an organized manner and the demonstrations were very beneficial.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2021

    I so very much appreciate John Kelly continuing to share his expertise in new and evolving ways! I utilize manual treatment techniques learned in his previous classes with my HNC population and look forward to incorporating this new material. Medical SLP's have so much to learn from John Kelly's thorough, multi-faceted, wholistic approach to treatment of this population! Thank you, John for helping us pave the way. Carol Lynn from Saint Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2021

    Great, informative course. John Kelly was well-spoken, presenting the course content in a detailed, yet succinct format with supporting case studies and demonstrations that solidified taught concepts.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2021

    Taping techniques were awesome!

    - Houston, TX / May 2021

    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

    Mr. Kelly was professional and pleasant. However, I found his lecture style to be a bit hard to follow and disorganized.

    - 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