Facial Neuromuscular Retraining

When a person experiences loss of control of their facial muscles, it can have a significant impact on their physical, emotional and social well-being. Even after the cause of a patient's facial paralysis is treated, it may leave behind a constant reminder of an injury or illness.

Patients referred for neuromuscular facial retraining are first assessed on an outpatient basis, utilizing videotape, still photography and surface EMG biofeedback to determine the extent of the retraining necessary. Then an individualized plan focused on improving awareness of facial movements is designed to retrain selected muscles.

Experienced staff

Our program is staffed by one of only a few experts in the country with advanced training in facial neuromuscular retraining. This specialized program helps the patient regain symmetry of facial movement, with balanced expression on both sides of the face during expression and while at rest. Therapy teaches the importance of appropriate timing and the extent of muscle contraction necessary to make coordinated facial movements.

Individualized treatment

The comprehensive program encompasses a multitiered program of education, individualized training and, in some cases, surface EMG biofeedback to identify and reinforce the correct movement pattern.

The program treats individuals with diagnoses including:

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Facial nerve anastomosis
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Bell's palsy
  • Facial nerve injury, from cosmetic surgery or other trauma to the face

Locations that offer this service

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 896-6045

Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Program
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 328-6640