Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), also called “forced use,” is designed to help stroke survivors regain the use of their weakened hand and arm. It is a behavioral technique that helps survivors to “re-wire” the brain.
Research conducted at the University of Alabama and in national clinical trials proved that CIMT helps people who had experienced a stroke 20 years ago or more regain varying amounts of function in their arms and hands.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program
CIMT at CarePartners is a two-week program guided by a trained therapist. The program includes daily intensive rehabilitation sessions that last for three and a half hours.
When you participate in CIMT, you will wear a padded mitt on your stronger arm, forcing you to use your weaker arm. The mitt is worn during rehabilitation sessions and for 90% of waking hours. While the amount of improvement will vary for each patient, a remarkable number of patients have shown a substantial increase in the functional use of their affected limb.
Is CIMT Right for You?
To be admitted into the CIMT Program, you must meet the following criteria: