Below is my answer to one of our Facebook group members (Bell’s Palsy 101 – Knowledge Exchange). I was asked in a PM for an advice about synkinesis. I think my recommendations can also be useful to all of you.
“…You have indeed a rather pronounced oral-ocular synkinesis”.
General recommendation: please massage your face, head and neck area GENTLY several times per day. Better do it on a few drops of massage oil or massage gel, so you do not pull your skin too hard. The idea is to create the habit of a constant facial relaxation.
Another recommendation is NOT to try hard in producing your facial movements. This will also contribute to the forming of the above-mentioned habit of relaxation.
If you are persistent in your efforts and if you succeed to make a CONSTANT and conscious facial relaxation your habit, then within several weeks you will notice that your synkinesis are less pronounced.
One word or caution: do NOT look into the mirror countless times per day trying to see the improvements. They will come sooner if you do not bite your nails waiting for them to happen…”
– Alex Pashov
Crystal Touch Bell’s palsy clinic