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Therapy exercises after a mouth burn injury

It is important to exercise your joints after a burn injury. If the skin over or near a joint has been damaged by a burn, it has the potential to become tight and eventually contract.

A contracture is a lack of movement at the joint and this will happen if it is not exercised regularly leading to the joint becoming stiff and limiting your everyday activities. It is always better to prevent a joint contracture from occurring than it is to treat it.

If a contracture develops, another surgery may be needed.

What should I do?

During your treatment you will have carried out some exercises with the therapist. It is very important that you continue your exercises at home.

These should be carried out little and often throughout the day to prevent stiffness.

When your burn wound has healed, as advised, use an unperfumed cream to moisturise and massage the area 2 to 3 times a day to keep your skin supple which will help with your stretches at home. It is very important that the old cream is washed off before applying more.

Exercises

Exercise 1

Sitting in a supported chair. Open your mouth as wide as possible.

Using your index fingers from both hands pull the inside corners of your mouth away from each other.

Photograph of person using their index fingers in their mouth to stretch the sides of their mouth as far as possible

Hold this position for seconds, then relax this position.

Repeat times.

Exercise 2

Sitting in a supported chair. Open your mouth emphasising each of the vowels, A, E, I, O and U.

Hold each of the position for seconds and relax.

Vowel A. Repeat times.

Photograph of person with their mouth open pronouncing the vowel A

Vowel E. Repeat times.

Photograph of person with their mouth open pronouncing the vowel E

Vowel I. Repeat times.

Photograph of person with their mouth open pronouncing the vowel I

Vowel O. Repeat times.

Photograph of person with their mouth open pronouncing the vowel O

Vowel U. Repeat times.

Photograph of person with their mouth open pronouncing the vowel U

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Sheffield Children’s Burns Therapy 0114 271 7148.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

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