Constraint-induced Movement Therapy is a specialized approach that increases the use of a limb that’s been affected or weakened by a brain injury or stroke.
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 program designed to “re-wire” your brain to restore greater function. It’s a task-oriented approach to improve the functional use and control of your arm or leg. This highly specialized, targeted therapy improves your coordination, movement, strength and flexibility.
Who we serve
Adult patients who’ve completed a traditional therapy program may be an appropriate fit for this program, especially if they’ve been affected by one of the following conditions:
An occupational therapist will conduct an evaluation to determine if you meet the qualifications required for participation. Additional considerations include your current degree of movement, your pain and how well you can use the affected limb.
What to expect
After successful completing an evaluation, you’ll be asked to sign a behavioral contract outlining program expectations and participation requirements. Once the program begins, you’ll attend three-hour therapy sessions, five days a week, for two continuous weeks.
You’ll also need to wear a constraint mitt — a large device that restricts the movement of your unaffected limb — for 90 percent of the time you’re awake. This consistency and intensity reinforces the intended “re-wiring” of the brain.
The support of your caregiver and family will help you succeed. That’s why we will ask your caregiver to attend your initial evaluation and the first treatment session, and why we offer educational support to your loved ones. We also need your caregiver to be available in your home to help you during the two-week CIMT period.
Referrals and payment
Patients with a doctor’s referral may schedule an assessment for CIMT.
Most patients will need to pay for CIMT, because it’s not typically covered by insurance. Please contact our office to discuss payment options.