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Meet Lydia

“It was a brilliant experience for me and I feel that I have continued to use what I learnt at CIMT in everyday life now” - Lydia
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Lydia playing with her therapist during treatment.
“Physically, without a doubt she's become stronger and uses her hand more than she did”
Mark, Lydia’s Dad

The Challenge

Lydia had a reduced range of movement in her arm, wrist and hand making everyday tasks more difficult. Tightening of her left upper limb made movements effortful and a lack of finger mobility made zips and buttons hard to do up. Dressing, showering, washing and school work were difficult tasks and over the next 3 weeks we worked together with Lydia to make her life easier.

“Our experience on a whole was fantastic! The therapy were attentive and extremely professional for everything they did for Lydia and ourselves as a family.” - Elizabeth, Lydia’s Mum

Lydia celebrates after playing a board game.

The Goals

  • To be able to independently do and undo zips on her clothes.
  • To independently button and unbutton her school shirt.
  • Put up her own hair.
  • Carry her own food tray at school.

Our Approach

01

Strength training of hand and shoulder

Lydia reaching high using resistance bands
Lydia painting with her least dominant hand.

02

Repetitive dexterity practise

03

Range of movement exercises for forearm.

Lydia reaches out for her therapist.
Lydia focusing on a board game with her therapist.

04

Finger isolation exercises

“She's enjoyed everyday and had a lot of fun”
Elizabeth, Lydia’s Mum
Lydia having a bandage applied to her hand.

The Science-y Bit

We wanted to improve a wide range of aspects of Lydia’s affected limb to improve its general functionality and give her back some independence both at school and at home. Through looking closely at her goals, our physiotherapists ran a bespoke programme in order to improve Lydia’s hand, wrist and shoulder dexterity, control, strength and range of movement.

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Through the constraint of her non-affected limb Lydia was encouraged to utilise her affected limb in order to complete a number of specilised tasks, which stimulates the formation of new pathways for movement, “rewiring” the brain in order to complete the tasks. The static posture of the non-affected side in the cast, further assisted to reduce tone in Lydia’s left arm and hand consequently promoting functional use.

Nikki Owen portrait headshot

Nikki Owen - Paediatric Physiotherapist

The Achievements

  • Lydia developed the strength and coordination to be able to hold her school dinner tray independently.
  • Lydia’s gained confidence in her left arm, so she’s gained confidence in herself!
  • Lydia’s improved co-ordination and dexterity in her left hand meaning she can clean her teeth, dress herself and use cutlery.

The Parents Feedback

“CIMT has given us back some hope for improvement for Lydia. I’d say to any parent that wanted to do it, without a doubt, you’ve got to give it a go...you will see a difference, there is no doubt about that.” - Lydia’s Parents

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“I’d say to any parent that wanted to do it, without a doubt, you’ve got to give it a go...you will see a difference, there is no doubt about that.” - Mark, Lydia’s Dad
“It's a big financial outlet but in the big scheme of things without a doubt it was the right decision to do it..”
Mark, Lydia’s Dad
Uno the board game being used during therapy.

The Therapists Feedback

"Lydia and I have something in common, we love a good gossip! We bonded over musical theatre and our love of popcorn. It being CIMT Lydia was only allowed to eat popcorn using tweezers or chopsticks. Lydia was always happy to give anything a go and worked very hard to achieve her goals. I was most impressed with the improved strength in Lydia’s arm and the dexterity she gained in her fingers."

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"I was most impressed with the improved strength in Lydia’s arm and the dexterity she gained in her fingers." - Nikki, Lydia's Therapist
Nikki Owen portrait headshot

Nikki Owen - Paediatric Physiotherapist

Lydia playing connect 4 with her therapist.
Lydia and her therapist playing Connect 4 and concentrating.
“She's achieved lots of different things, small things, but massive in terms of Lydias progression and development.”
Mark, Lydia’s Dad

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