Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a therapy program that can be used to improve the strength, use and function of a weak arm and hand following a stroke or acquired brain injury.
It is an intensive program that will be run over a 2 week clinic at Prince of Wales Hospital, St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital in 2018.
It involves the encouragement of use of the weak (or affected arm) and restraint of the strong (or unaffected arm). Participants will be required to participate in 4 hours of therapy per day, with an additional 1 hour of homework and commit to wearing the restraint (in the form of a soft mitt) for most of the day.
Though intensive, the results for the right people are better than usual therapy, and have strong supporting evidence from the 2017 Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management (National Stroke Foundation Australia).
Participants must have some movement in their wrist and fingers and be able to consent to the program.
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