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What is CIMT?



Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (“CIMT” or “CI Therapy”) is an effective form of rehabilitation for the upper limb in hemiplegic presentations. CIMT is supported by a robust evidence base showing its effectiveness for a range of patients, with results that carry-over in follow ups that are months and years after treatment.

Constraint induced movement therapy is suitable for children and adults with hemiplegia caused by a variety of neurological conditions. CIMT involves intensive rehabilitation of the affected upper limb while restraining the unaffected side.

As well as significant physical and functional changes, CIMT has been shown to cause cortical reorganisation. In order for these changes to occur, evidence has shown that a programme must be prolonged and intensive, therefore our CIMT programmes follow the protocols details in the evidence.

We provide CIMT programmes lasting between 2 to 4 weeks, with daily therapy sessions and continuous use of a restraint.

Constraint induced movement therapy can have a significant impact on functional use of an upper limb. However the treatment will not restore a limb to its level pre-injury, and the level of activity that can be gained is dependent on the level of activity present to begin with. Our CIMT therapists are experienced in constraint induced movement therapy and will be able to provide guidance as to realistic goals that would be expected for your patient from a treatment programme.

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