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Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy

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It was once believed that a stroke survivor could make no more improvements in ability after one year had passed. Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy proves that theory wrong.

photoConstraint-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:

  • Must have had a stroke at least six months prior to starting the program
  • Cannot have had bilateral strokes
  • Some shoulder/elbow/wrist/finger movement in your affected arm
  • Ability to stand, transfer, walk or propel a wheelchair without assistance
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • No major problems with pain
  • No major cognitive, hearing or visual deficits

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