Introduction to the Facial Nerve

Online Course: Introduction to the Facial Nerve

Increase your understanding of the Seventh Cranial Nerve to better manage Facial Palsy

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Presented by:

Wendy Walker

Wendy is a neurological physiotherapist, specialising in Facial Palsy, Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Neurology and Complex Conditions.

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The Facial Nerve (7th cranial nerve) is one of the most continuously used nerves in the body, providing motor innervation to the muscles of facial expression which are also involved in mastication, speech and the expression of our emotions as well as innervating the salivary glands and taste buds. The course and anatomical relations of the Facial Nerve expose it to various possible sites of injury, leading to facial palsy. Knowledge of the facial nerve, its course, function and vulnerabilities, is essential for the optimal management of any facial palsy.


The aim of this course is to increase your understanding of the Facial Nerve, its anatomy and vulnerabilities, facial palsy as well as the time frames and course of recovery following injury.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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