Can synkinesis actually improve?
Synkinesis is by far one of the most devastating residuals after long-standing facial palsy. “Can synkinesis improve?” is a question that concerns almost everyone who has been faced with this issue. At Crystal Touch clinic we are confident that synkinesis CAN be reduced. We have published scientific articles and held many presentations at various international Neuro-Rehabilitation and Neurology congresses on this topic. The results of our patients are yet another proof that synkinesis is not a life sentence – it is a habit.
Like any habit, synkinesis can be changed. It cannot be done overnight, it requires hard work, persistence and guidance. One can not expect to run a marathon after just one day of practice. The same is with synkinesis – you need to work on it every day if you want to see results.
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Why do my facial muscles become so stiff and tired?
Very often the patients after long-standing facial palsy complain about the stiffness of the facial muscles on the affected side and about being tired so quickly. There are a few reasons for that.
Your brain is exaggerating every movement
Firstly, the brain uses too much power. It uses a “mimetic amplifier” – it overdoses each and every effort that is intended. You want to close the eye and instead of doing it gently and simply, the brain puts all hands on deck to just CLOSE THE EYE! If you want to smile, not just smile, JUST SMILE!
Your muscles do not have a possibility to relax
So actually the brain, instead of speaking to the muscles normally, it is shouting to the muscles and gives the facial muscles no time to relax. Imagine this: if I keep my arm extended for any serious amount of time, I become tired. It’s the same thing – if the muscles do not have time to relax, to drop the tension, they become tired.
The emotional boomerang also makes you feel tired
Another thing is that when our facial muscles are contracted it has a boomerang effect on our emotional condition. Because it is not only that what we experience as emotion goes as a signal to the face. It is the other way around as well. Whatever our face is producing, whichever is our facial expression – the same emotion we may feel.
The paradox with the facial palsy patient is that one part of our face, the healthy side produces regular emotions. Respectively, it sends regular sensory feedback to the brain. While the affected part of our face produces a disrupted spectrum of contractions. So actually, it shows a disrupted emotional pattern only on one half of the face and so the contradicting sensory signals arrive to the brain. The brain becomes confused, uses a lot of power to process that confusing information. So, of course, we become very emotionally tired. Especially by the end of the day or after we have experienced strong emotions.
– Alex Pashov
Crystal Touch Bell’s palsy clinic