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Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)
A new treatment approach for persons with hemiparesis
A doctor's referral is required to participate in the CIMT program.
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After a stroke or brain injury, regaining your strength and the use of your arm can be an ongoing challenge. Sister Kenny offers an intensive treatment approach for people who struggle with limited arm function.
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is designed to improve functional ability for persons who have had a brain injury or stroke.
People who participate in this therapy can achieve 20 to 40 percent improvement in the use of their affected arm.
Program participants are required to be:
"I use my left hand now like I did before my stroke."
"I scratched my nose with my weak arm without even thinking about it!"
"This is the best thing I've ever done."
"I never thought my arm would get better after 14 years."
CIMT requires a good deal of self-discipline. Therapy is scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for four hours each day. It lasts for six to ten weeks depending on individual needs.
Participants must wear a restraint device (mitt) on the non-affected hand during therapy and at home. Activities and exercises are set up for both home and clinic.
Source: Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Jane Fjerstad, OTR/L, ATP
First Published: 03/22/2011
Last Reviewed: 03/01/2011