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WSU study expands time window for facial nerve rehabilitation
Date:5/10/2011

e regions throughout the seven-week intensive exercise program in Phase I. Strength was maintained, though not increased, during a subsequent two-week rest period and during and after Phase II of the treatment. Though the authors chose to include strengthening exercises onlyexcluding those focused on increasing range of motionthey also observed an increase in lip raise, making Perry's smile more symmetrical.

"I'm very excited about these results and the prospects they offer for others affected by facial nerve damage," said Perry.

Preliminary results of the study were also presented at the 2010 International Conference on Motor Speech. As a result of that presentation, several leading rehabilitation hospitals are currently looking into adopting the study protocol.


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Contact: Nancy Potter
nlpotter@wsu.edu
509-368-6894
Washington State University
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