Facial expressions / Wellcome Images

After my stroke my face was a little weaker on one side. I was given pages of pictures, facial expressions to copy. Grimace! Grin! Frown! Pucker! Blow up you cheeks! Look surprised! Worried!

You are supposed to do these exercises a million times, so your facial muscles will strengthen and your brain will rewire itself, re-learning how to use your muscles. This is called plasticity, the brain’s ability to create new pathways when the old ones have been damaged.

Smile like a maniac! Kiss!