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Brain Injury

Brain injuries can be caused by a traumatic injury, or acquired by a bleed or clot. Some brain injuries can occur in the area of the brain responsible for controlling movements in the arm and hand. Such brain injury can disrupt the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles in the upper limb causing weakness or paralysis of the arm, called hemiplegia. As a result the person may be unable to use their arm efficiently making functional tasks such as dressing, feeding or carrying more difficult.

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The person learns to compensate for this by using the stronger arm to complete the tasks. This leads to learned non-use of the weaker side and less opportunities to practice using the weaker arm in function, which can hinder the recovery process.

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy is a form of intensive treatment for people with brain injury who have shown recovery or preservation of some movements in the affected arm and hand. It is most appropriate for people who have weakness primarily affecting one arm, for example hemiplegia. Our specialist CIMT therapists will conduct a thorough screening assessment to determine suitability and alternative treatments may be recommended if the person is not suitable for Constraint Induced Movement Therapy.

Constraint induced movement therapy is an intensive programme which requires commitment and high motivation to overcome the difficulties that can be experienced as a result of a brain injury. Our CIMT therapists will provide the necessary support, encouragement and advice to achieve the best possible results which are realistic for the person undergoing the treatment. CIMT can have many significant benefits including improved independence, which can make considerable difference to a person's quality of life.

To find out if you are suitable for CIMT please call 0330 223 0077 today to speak to one of our specialist CIMT therapists.

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