Learn everything you need to know about:
- peripheral facial palsy
- Bell’s palsy
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome
- facial pains
- facial asymmetry
- and more
We created two video courses to advance your understanding of facial palsy and its residuals.
In “Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course” we combined the most important details from our Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base.
In “Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures” we included the education lectures from our Bell’s palsy seminars.
The courses feature:
20 Informative episodes
- 9 Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course episodes
- 5 Bell’s Palsy Video Lecture episodes
- 6 extra Q&A episodes
4h 31min total length of video content.
We have included many animations and illustration in the videos so that you can understand the complex anatomic explanations well and fast, even if you have difficulties understanding the language.
Lecturer: Alex Pashov
Alex Pashov is a co-founder of Crystal Touch Clinic and the leader of our private scientific research on Bell’s palsy and synkinesis.
In the courses, Alex shares his detailed knowledge about facial and Bell’s palsy based on his many years of research and experience in rehabilitation.
What you will learn:
- Facial and Bell’s palsy: What causes it? How the regeneration process happens? Why sometimes the regeneration is full and sometimes not
- Synkinesis: How and why it develops? Is it possible to reduce it and how?
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome: How is it different from Bell’s palsy? Why it usually results in residual effects, and how is it possible to reduce them?
- Contractures, facial pains, facial asymmetry, dry eyes or excessive tearing, facial tension and other complications: How they develop and is it possible to do something about them?
- Recovery and Rehabilitation: How is recovery possible? How does it happen? What do you need for it? How each recovery method works?
- Throughout the course, we will answer over 30 of the most essential questions that are usually asked by facial palsy sufferers.
2 Bell's Palsy Video Courses
We prepared a total of 2 different video courses that together explain everything you need to know about peripheral facial palsy, Bell’s palsy, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, synkinesis and other complications.
1. Bell's Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course
This course combines and explains the most important details from our Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base about the facial nerve, facial muscles, synkinesis, and other.
The course focuses on explaining the anatomy, function and underlying principles of facial palsy, synkinesis and facial pains. This course will help you to understand how your facial nerve and facial muscles function, what complications may occur and how they originate.
The course consists of:
- 9 episodes of in-depth explanations
- 1h 4min of content
- animated illustrations for ease of understanding
Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course provides a clear and elaborate knowledge about:
- facial and Bell’s palsy
- contractures, facial pains and tension
- facial muscles and their functions
- Botox injections
- facial asymmetry
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome
- excessive lacrimation (tears)
- the recovery process after facial palsy
- and more.
Episode 1: About the facial nerve
In the first episode, we discuss the facial nerve, its structure and function and what happens to it during Bell’s palsy. We explain what is a motor neuron and how it is different from other neurons that comprise the facial nerve. You will learn what is a conduction block and how it affects your mimetic movements.
Duration: 08:00 min
Episode 2: Muscles of facial expression and how they work
In Episode 2 you will learn about the facial muscles. How are they called and what each muscle is responsible for. You will also learn how they work together to form our facial expressions. It is important to understand the facial muscles in order to understand why and how some complications, such as synkinesis and contractures, may occur.
Duration 08:22 min
Episode 3: Spontaneous and controlled facial expressions
In Episode 3 you will learn how facial expressions work. You will learn how our limbic system and motor cortex are responsible for all of our facial expressions and why it is important to understand the difference between the two systems. We will also explain how the influence of these systems on facial expressions changes during the recovery from Bell’s palsy.
Duration 04:47 min
Episode 4: Facial palsy or Bell’s palsy – what is the difference?
In Episode 4 we explain the difference between various diagnoses of Facial palsy and how Bell’s palsy is determined. We explain how central and peripheral facial palsy are different from each other. We also explain various causes of facial palsy.
Duration 03:46 min
Episode 5: Bell’s palsy – a disease or a disorder?
In Episode 5 we discuss whether Bell’s palsy is actually a disease or a disorder and explain why it is so. We also discuss various residuals and complications that can form during Bell’s palsy recovery.
Duration 03:50 min
Episode 6: “The story of the broken cable”
Here we discuss the facial nerve in more detail. We explain the different branches of the facial nerve. We explain how exactly facial palsy happens and what happens to the facial nerve during the acute stage and during the recovery. We dive into more details about the structure of the facial nerve to help you understand how the damage during facial palsy affects the functioning of the nerve and the muscles.
We explain why sometimes the recovery is rapid and sometimes it takes months and why the atrophy does not occur. Also, we explain in which cases residuals may develop.
Duration 18:54 min
Episode 7: What is synkinesis?
In Episode 7 of our series, you will learn more about synkinesis. What exactly is synkinesis and how does it happen? Which muscles can it affect? You will also learn why we, at Crystal Touch clinic, believe that synkinesis is reversible and how it is possible.
Duration 05:47 min
Episode 8: What can and what cannot help with synkinesis?
In Episode 8 we dive into the explanation of various available treatments for synkinesis, such as Botox, surgeries, Mime therapy and others. We address each one of them and explain which results they can deliver and what are the nuances or possible side effects.
Duration 06:34 min
Episode 9: Facial pains and spasms
In the final episode of our series, you will learn about the facial pains and spasms and how they occur. You will understand why they happen and what factors can influence them. You will also learn which role your emotions play and why sometimes you have pains at night or in the morning when you wake up.
Duration 04:35 min
This is a preview of the first episode from the Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course. It shows you what the video course looks like and what you can expect.
Each episode has a different topic and duration. You can read more about each episode in the “Course contents” tab above.
2. Bell's Palsy Video Lectures
The Video Lectures consist of the content we present at our extensive Bell’s palsy seminars for facial palsy patients.
This video course focuses on explaining in-depth all the processes of facial palsy – from onset to recovery. It dives deeper than Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course into explaining how facial palsy happens, how different complications and residuals develop, and what is needed for recovery even after 10, 30 or more years since the onset.
The course consists of:
- 5 Episodes of explanatory video lectures + 6 Q&A episodes
- answers to over 30 most essential questions about facial palsy and its residuals
- 3h 27min of content
Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures were made to advance your understanding of facial palsy and its residuals.
Video Lecture Episodes
The total length of the 5 lecture episodes is 2 hours and 19 minutes.
The lectures use illustrations and some animations to help you understand the explanations better.
Episode 1: The facial palsy
How does facial palsy happen?
What causes it and what processes are involved?
The first episode focuses on the anatomy and function of the facial nerve. It explains how signals are transported from the brain to the facial muscles and how facial palsy affects this. It describes each facial muscle’s responsibility and role in synkinesis.
It also explains the main causes of facial palsy, shows in detail how facial palsy damages the facial nerve and how our body responds to the damage. You will learn what is a conduction block and why sometimes the recovery happens fast, and other times takes a longer time.
It also touches upon Botox and explains how Botox works and why its effects are temporary.
Duration: 32 min
Episode 2: The process of regeneration
How does the regeneration process happen?
What causes synkinesis and other complications?
The second episode focuses on explaining the regeneration process after facial palsy has happened.
The episode explains in detail how synkinesis happens. It also goes through other most common complications and residuals after facial palsy such as contractures, asymmetry of facial expressions, weakness of the muscles, why your affected side might feel more tired, why you might experience facial pains and why sometimes your eye might be very dry or have excessive tearing.
You will learn what are currently available recovery methods and what you can expect from them.
Duration: 23 min
Episode 3: Synkinesis and its causes
What is synkinesis?
Why and how is it possible to reduce synkinesis?
The third episode talks about synkinesis and its causes. It explains in detail why we believe the cause of synkinesis is not aberrant regeneration and what, according to our research, we believe to be the true cause of synkinesis. You will learn how synkinesis is formed, how two control centers of our brain are involved in this, and how the facial muscles function during synkinesis. You will understand how conditioned reflex is connected to synkinesis and how we can use this knowledge to reduce or eliminate it.
In this episode, we also show how we can objectively record synkinesis and measure it.
Duration: 18 min
Episode 4: The main principles of recovery
What is Crystal Touch Neuro-Proprioceptive Rehabilitation method?
How can it help to reduce synkinesis and recover from other complications and residuals after long-standing facial palsy?
Here we explain the main principals of the Crystal Touch Neuro-Proprioceptive Rehabilitation method. We explain the Facial Harmony Rules and how they help to restore the facial balance. This information can help you in your daily routine to avoid doing what can harm your recovery.
The episode also explains how our emotions are connected to our facial expressions and how facial palsy can lead to emotional imbalance.
In addition, we also explain why relaxing your face and your facial muscles is so crucial to your recovery and other advice you should follow.
Duration: 32 min
Episode 5: Facial proprioception
What is facial proprioception and why is it important?
How can I feel better about my face? How do I know if recovery is really possible?
The fifth episode focuses on explaining the rehabilitation of Crystal Touch clinic. By explaining how to use the two Crystal Touch relaxation points, you will learn how to relax your face properly. You will learn how to use your “internal mirror” to help you feel better about your face. We also explain what is facial proprioception and why it is important for restoring the balance and symmetry to facial muscles.
This episode also shows some examples of the recovery of our patients. These examples will help you to understand and believe that recovery is possible in many situations.
Duration: 35 min
In addition to the video lectures, we have included our video answers to 34 most important questions that facial palsy sufferers often ask us. These answers will help you understand facial palsy, synkinesis, contractures and facial pains even better, as well as get an insight into what can be done to reduce them.
The Q&A videos are divided into 6 videos with a total duration of 1 hour 08 minutes.
In the Q&A episodes, you will find the answers to the following questions:
- Is there a hope to correct synkinesis or contracture 2-3 years post Bell’s palsy?
- I had Bell’s palsy 15 years ago, I haven’t healed completely, still suffering from synkinesis till now. I would like to know how to improve my situation.
- I have synkinesis after a facial palsy due to an ear infection. What can you do to help the synkinesis?
- When I lift my eyebrows my lower eyelid on the affected side lifts. Is there any way to repair it?
- How do I combat cross-signals after feeling returns? Five years post Bell’s.
- How to reduce my synkinesis?
- Can synkinesis be treated during the recovery period? I have Mime-therapy and now 59% recovery of facial movements.
- I have BP since 6 and a half months, I’m still in my recovering stage and I have developed synkinesis – smile with lower eyelids contract and blink eyes with upper lip move uncontrollably. To reduce my synkinesis do I need to stop my facial exercises and physiotherapy?
- Why my eye on the affected side blinks slower and I close my eyelid only halfway?
- I now have synkinesis. In addition to my eye closing when I smile or chew, my eye waters profusely when I eat. It also waters more in general so that my vision becomes blurred when I look down for any length of time. Is there any treatment for this problem?
- I’m still afraid that my eye will dry out. Will I be able to wear my contact lenses during the period I still have to wait for my eye about every 2 hours.
- I also feel like there is a lot of liquid under my eyes.
- I got Bell’s palsy in October 2017 and I have synkinesis. I have a doctor that does Botox and I do facial therapy.
- Will acupuncture assist in the recovery?
- I’m on my 3rd bout of Bell’s palsy. The first time I had it I had electrotherapy done on the nerve. Is it possible the electrotherapy the first time resulted in the recurring bouts?
- Do you recommend high-intensity laser after 4 years?
- Can a contracture be corrected?
- When I wake up in the morning I feel my face strongly drawn to the right side, which is the affected side. Also when I work harder than usual. Can this error be corrected?
- Can I use vitamins if I have contracture? Will vitamins stimulate it? Vitamin D or C.
- How to achieve raising the upper lip on the affected side and how to get rid of the tension and unpleasant sounds on the affected ear when trying to smile?
- Sometimes I have earaches on the affected side. Is it normal?
- When I massage my face I get pains in the back of my head. Should I stop massaging when I get the pain?
- I have a problem when shaving. The shaving muscles, platysma, cramps up. This can be quite painful. What can I do to relieve this?
- Why is that that the nasolabial fold of the face becomes deep and prominent? Is this due to contracture of the muscle?
- I’m in despair. After facial paralysis a year ago my face still becomes worse. More and more tight areas, less and less symmetry. Will it stop? The left side has lost its weight.
- I have had Bell’s palsy 3 times now. Does this happen often to other Bell’s palsy patients?
- About my situation and if there is any way to decrease Bell’s palsy effects? Especially Bell’s palsy with me for a long time, about 29 years.
- If you get an anaesthetic on the affected side of your face for a dentist appointment or something, can there be a disadvantage for the facial palsy?
- I had Bell’s palsy for almost 19 years. What are the best exercises for me to do to get my smile back?
- Is it possible to regain movement in the upper lip 13 years after Bell’s palsy onset?
- How to achieve speaking with both sides equally? The non-affected side is much stronger and the muscles grow towards it while speaking.
- I can’t keep the water in my mouth, for example, when rinsing my mouth. How can I train to keep it closed?
- What about the weakness of facial muscles? Is it happening due to improper behaviour and can be restored or the nerve is so damaged that it can’t produce enough power?
- How many years does the nerve continue to heal?
You will learn what causes facial palsy, what happens to the facial nerve, how the recovery process happens. You will understand how residuals, such as facial synkinesis, contractures, facial pains, excessive tearing or dry eyes happen and what you can do about them.
In addition, we explain the foundation of our rehabilitation method that will help you to understand what is the underlying principle in recovering from facial palsy residuals and complications.
Purchase Bell's Palsy Video Courses
You can purchase each course separately or both at once.
If you purchase both courses together, you will receive a gift: free online video consultation with Alex Pashov.
2 Video Courses
1. Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course
9 Video Course episodes
2. Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures
5 Video lectures + 6 Q&A episodes
3. Free Gift: Online video consultation
Bell's Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course
1. Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course only:
9 Video Course episodes
Bell's Palsy Video Lectures
1. Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures only:
5 Video lectures + 6 Q&A episodes
If you have any questions about the course, please contact us at email@example.com
Important notice: This course is purely educational and informative. It is not meant as a replacement for a rehabilitation program.
Refund policy: Due to the nature of the content and its immediate availability for the viewing after the purchase, we do not issue any refunds. Full refunds are only possible due to technical issues, and upon presentation of a proof that you are unable to access the video files.
These courses are mainly for current and long-standing Bell’s palsy sufferers, who are looking for knowledge and understanding.
They are for those who:
- want to understand the process of facial palsy, the formation of its complications and the recovery process
- are currently going through an acute phase of Bell’s palsy and want to lower the risk of developing complications
- find it difficult to understand information from written sources with complex explanations
- are looking for hope and want to believe that their current facial condition does not have to remain forever
“Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course” focuses mainly on detailed explanation of the main processes and functions. With the help of more animations and illustrations, this course helps to understand the anatomy of the facial nerve, facial muscles and the processes involved in various residuals better.
“Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures” focus on explaining not only the processes and functions, but also the underlying principles of rehabilitation and recovery. It includes more in-depth information than the “Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course” but the information is less detailed. The Q&A videos will further help you to get the answers to your existing questions.
In summary, the “Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course” provides more detailed information and better explanations of just a couple of topics, while the “Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures” cover a much wider area of topics and explain everything that is connected to Bell’s palsy, its residuals and their recovery.
That is why we advise following both courses: you will learn everything you need to know about Bell’s palsy with the help of “Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures” course, while “Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course” will explain to you the main concepts in more details and will be easier to understand.
You can expect some overlap in “Bell’s Palsy Video Lectures” that involves explanations of the main anatomy and functions of facial nerve and facial muscles, but this information is not as detailed. Its main focus is in the explanation of processes of facial palsy onset and recovery.
Our free gift is available only if you purchase the 2 courses at the same time, or within 2 hours.
If you purchased 2 courses within 2 hours, you will not receive an automatic invitation for online consultations. You will need to send us an email stating the date of your purchases, so we can schedule an online consultation for you.
After the purchase, you will be able to watch the video courses on our website. The videos will always be available to watch, at any time. You will not have to save them somewhere on your computer. All you will need is your account (your email or username and password, that you will create during the check-out). After login, you will have access to the pages with the videos.
If you lose your account or password, you can always ask us to help you with the access, by providing your name or email you used during the registration.
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Both video courses are filmed in English language only. All animations and clarifications in the videos are also in English.
Both courses include English subtitles.
“Bell’s Palsy Knowledge Base Video Course” also includes Portuguese subtitles.