Participation Opportunities

There is a research participation opportunity currently available with Emteq. Please direct ALL enquiries to Emteq via improve@emteq.net. Facial Palsy UK will not be able to answer questions about this project. Further information below.

What will you be doing?

Helping to develop a device (by giving user feedback) which will allow people living with facial palsy to carry out their exercises more easily.

Why is this needed?

Many people with facial palsy struggle with exercises to control involuntary facial movement (synkinesis) and relax tight facial muscles. Exercise regimes require people to look in the mirror in order to learn how to relax a muscle or stop involuntary movements. However, many people dislike using the mirror, as their reflection reminds them of their condition. People also find it difficult to consistently set aside time to carry out their exercises and mirror feedback does not tell you whether you are exercising correctly. All these issues create barriers to exercising in front of the mirror which may mean that people do not achieve their optimum outcome through lack of adherence to their facial therapy treatment programme.

How will this new device help?

The device will look like a pair of virtual reality goggles. There will be inbuilt sensors measuring the muscle activity. It will send a signal to the wearer through the display screen if a muscle becomes tight or contracts, prompting the person to relax.

Please see further information in images below. Please direct all enquiries to improve@emteq.net and not to Facial Palsy UK.

Improve Facial Palsy - Emteq Research Slide 1

Improve Facial Palsy - Emteq Research Slide 2Please join our community and opt-in to research communications if you want to be kept updated about future opportunities.

Last reviewed: 31-01-2020    ||    Next review due: 31-07-2020