The Story of Rana
All materials are used with Rana’s permission.
Rana is a PhD student at University of Tehran, Iran. She had Bell’s palsy in August 2014.
Due to the residuals of the disease she cannot concentrate on her studies. But Rana is especially concerned about her little son, who begins to mimic his mother’s asymmetric facial expressions.
With her story, Rana became the second winner of the Crystal Touch complimentary rehabilitation program. Rana will be treated free of charge, thanks to out humanitarian project ‘Bring back your Smile!’ Here you can follow her recovery story live. After each visit to the clinic, you can read about her recovery progress
Let’s wish Rana success on her road of recovery!
Dear Dr. Pashov,
I really appreciate your kind offer on the Bell’s palsy support group. I’ve been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy about 19 months ago (August 2014). partly recovered but still have evident synkinesis while smiling, chewing and so on…
I live in Iran, and unfortunately couldn’t find a proper local solution for my problem here in Tehran. I’m a PhD student, and this Bell’s palsy has had a very intense effect on my concentration. Most of the time I wake up at midnight trying to smile and checking my face movement… but maybe the most miserable part of my case is my 5 year old son who unconsciously imitates my way of asymmetric smiling and talking and this makes me very sad and anxious…
It was a very nice sign of hope for me while I was searching your clinic’s contact information today after reading your article (Facial nerve – a cable with 10,000 wires) redirected from Facebook, and decided to fill in the free assessment form on the website (http://crystal-touch.nl/about#clinic) and dreaming of having a trip there, I came across to your kind offer in the Bell’s palsy group.
I really need your help because I feel frustrated and tired of just searching and searching for a proper solution…
I attached photos of my face for your information. Thank you very much doctor.
Hope that this meets you in the best of heath,
Visit 1: Rana’s intake
This is Rana’s intake interview with Crystal Touch during her first visit. Rana tells about who she is and about her history with Bell’s palsy.
The neurological tests are performed. Thus, the condition of Rana’s facial muscles and her recovery are recorded. The condition of her muscles is also measured electronically with am electromyogram (EMG). This is the objective measure and a starting point, based on which after the treatment Rana’s recovery can be judged. The specialists also use their own technique, based on their experience, to see how well Rana has recovered and what can be done in her case.
Intake: neurological tests
Rana’s feedback on her first visit to the clinic:
Dear Dr. Pashov,
Thank you so much. I feel It has been one of God’s best blessings ever in my life to get acquainted to you and this wonderful method of yours.
Just for your information, yesterday I did the whole reservations necessary for the next time in July 🙂
Rana also wrote a review on Google:
8 June at 21:42 – 5 star
I could find the most convincing and helpful experience of treatment since my Bell’s palsy out-break from two years ago here in Crystal Touch Clinic. Once there, you can quickly understand that it does worth coming all the way long from your country here to take help from the real specialists about Bell’s Palsy and the problems associated with a non-covered facial paralysis.
They received me very warmly and friendly at the clinic, and once there, I could really feel at home! no more stress and anxiety while talking to both the Clinics specialists: Alex Pashov, to whom I had the chance to get acquainted with from the really scientific texts describing all the different aspects of this kind of facial paralysis on Facebook, conducted different types of Nerve Conduction Studies and measurements and assessed the whole situation of my face, and Dr. Elena Pashova, kindly received me as a friend; started to describe the basics of their Neuro-Proprioceptive facial Rehabilitation Method and started the treatments in 3 sessions for my face. The very first treatment, and I can’t still believe that the whole painful points on my chin and eyelids were totally gone!! I could feel so much relaxed while she was doing the treatment on my face that I really wished the time would stopped for hours and hours so that I wouldn’t miss that wonderful feeling of calmness and relief….
I really look forward for my second appointment at the clinic, and of course, I will not sit idle just waiting for the good time, and meanwhile I am doing the very helpful exercises they taught me to be able to re-establish the balance between the two halves of my face
Visit 3: Rana’s results so far
(Rana requested not to record her second visit)
Rana took first steps towards positive results and began to make noticeable changes.
I felt relaxed in my face and vigorous in the whole body. I was drowsy after the first treatment day, but not after 2 others.
On the day of the procedure I could feel the same on both sides; especially after the inside mouth massages. I felt the thickness of cheek muscles was the same on two sides, but the next day again the affected side felt a little thicker than the other side.
In the next morning I felt I could smile more naturally, completely normal appearance of my eyes and minimum synkinesis; and relaxed skin.
In the video, Rana tells about her third visit and her progress. She now has no pain in her face, she is much more confident in her facial expressions and her feelings about herself, and her smile is gradually becoming better. There is also a change noticeable in her affected eye. The movements are much less intense.
Rana has been achieving great results, and everyone can see that now. Below are the results of Rana’s neurological tests during the treatment. The first series of tests, at the top of the page, are from the first intake meeting with Rana. Here is the second series of neurological tests done at the third visit. In just five months Rana has made great progress in her recovery of Bell’s palsy complications.