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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

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.

To make a referral or for more information, call
Abbott Northwestern Hospital at 612-863-7642 or
United Hospital at
651-241-8292.

After a stroke or brain injury, regaining your strength and the use of your arm can be an ongoing challenge. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute 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 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
and United Hospital locations are required to be:

Participant comments:

"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."

  • at least three months post stroke or brain injury
  • over age 16
  • able to move affected arm
  • able to voluntarily open hand, at least to some extent
  • able to communicate your needs, answer questions about your arm and follow directions for testing
  • without other serious medical conditions that might influence performance in activities
  • independent in basic needs while at therapy.

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: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Jane Fjerstad, OTR/L, ATP
First Published: 03/22/2011
Last Reviewed: 03/01/2011