a) About the program
Have you or someone you care for had a stroke?
Do you have one arm that is weak or that you tend not to use?
You are not alone. Up to 80% of people have some arm and hand use disability after a stroke.
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a well researched treatment method that can be used to recover some of the lost function from the weak arm.
Not everyone is suitable for the program, but the right candidates will achieve improved use of their weak arm by the end of the program.
For more information about CIMT download our participant fact sheet here.
Am I the right candidate?
This is a good question.
CIMT programs have a minimum criteria of arm movement to be able to attend. We will also need a full commitment from you as the program is very intensive, requiring you to attend for 4 hours each day and commit to restrain your good arm (in a soft mitt) for the rest of the day over the 2 week program period.
You need the following:
1.To be able to slightly bend your wrist backwards
2.To be able to slightly open your fingers and thumb
3.To be able to attend therapy for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 2 weeks
4.To commit to wearing a constraint mitt on your good hand for 90% of your day.
5. To be able to manage your own toileting needs