By Dr. Joseph R. Spiegel, M.D.
The patient is an 85-year-old male with idiopathic Parkinsonism. The patient had generalized oral-neurological weakness with hypomimmia and dysarthria. Subjective speech-language pathology judged intelligibility at 60%. During the establishment of baseline strength, the patient performed 3 repetitions with Facial-Flex®, with a severe oral action tremor.
At the end of the 3-week exercise period, the patient was able to perform 20 repetitions. Significantly, the action tremor had completely resolved. Speech-language pathology’s subjective intelligibility evaluation had increased to 90%.