Constraint induced movement therapy (“CIMT” or “CI Therapy”) involves intensive practice with an affected arm and hand while wearing a constraint mitt on the unaffected side. CIMT programmes are between 2 to 3 weeks, with therapy sessions lasting 3 hours a day, 5 days a week.
The constraint mitt is worn for 90% of the waking hours for the full duration of the programme, including weekends. Therefore you are expected to continue to practice with your affected arm even outside of therapy.
During your therapy session, your therapist will allocate you specific tasks to practice at home each day. The tasks tend to be “functional”, meaning they are everyday tasks. For example, you might be asked to load and unload a washing machine, or take items in and out of a cupboard. You will be given a timeframe to practice these tasks, usually between 15 to 30 minutes per task.