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Constraint-induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a specialized approach used to increase the use of a limb affected or weakened as the result of a stroke or brain injury. CIMT aims at decreasing the effects of learned non-use.

CIMT is based on a task-oriented approach to improve functional use and control of an affected extremity. Developed by Dr. Edward Taub, a behavioral neuroscientist, professor and director of the Taub Training Clinic, CIMT is a highly-specialized, targeted therapy to improve coordination, movement, strength and flexibility after brain injury or stroke.

Highly-targeted, Intense Therapy

A brain injury or stroke can make it difficult or impossible for you to effectively use both sides of your body. CIMT is an intense two-week program designed to “re-wire” your brain to restore greater function to the affected extremity.

Patients We Serve

CIMT Constraint induced Movement Therapy Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital stroke therapyAdult patients who’ve completed a traditional therapy program may be an appropriate fit for this program. Patients affected by the following conditions may benefit from CIMT:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Non-traumatic brain injury

Our skilled occupational therapist will conduct an evaluation to determine if you meet the qualifications required for participation in this intense program. Additional considerations include your current degree of movement, pain and coordination in the affected arm.

Your Rehabilitation

CIMT is a rigorous program carefully designed to maximize your outcome.

After successful completion of an evaluation, you’ll be asked to sign a behavioral contract outlining program expectations and participation requirements. Once the program begins, you’ll attend 3-hour therapy sessions 5 days a week for two continuous weeks.

You’ll also be instructed to wear your constraint mitt on your unaffected limb during 90 percent of your waking hours. This consistency and intensity reinforces the intended “re-wiring” of the brain.

Caregiver and Family Support

Your family and caregiver’s support is important to your success. We offer educational support to your loved ones. We also ask that a caregiver attend your initial evaluation and the first treatment session. Your caregiver should be available in your home to offer assistance during the two-week CIMT period.

Referral & Payment Information

CIMT is a self-pay program for most patients. Please contact our office to discuss payment options. Patients with a doctor’s referral may schedule an assessment for CIMT.

SCHEDULING & QUESTIONS

For more program information, please call:

616.840.8005 
800.668.6001

For payment and information:

616.840.8320 

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