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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive condition affecting the control of movement as a result of reduced production and uptake of dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical known as a neurotransmitter which aids transmission of nerve impulses in the body. As a result of declining dopamine levels movements become slower and more difficult and the limbs may have increased rigidity or stiffness. Coordination of movement may also be affected causing difficulties carrying out everyday tasks such as eating or drinking, dressing, writing or picking up objects.

Constraint induced movement therapy (“CI Therapy” or “CIMT”) is a treatment technique used for improving arm and hand function in people with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease. CIMT aims to improve hand and arm function in people with Parkinson's disease who have difficulties with fine movements, dexterity and grip strength in one of their arms. When faced with movement difficulties many people with Parkinson's disease will adopt coping strategies. In the upper limb this may involve compensation by using the less affected or stronger arm to complete tasks. Patients may use their weaker arm less frequently and as a result the arm becomes weaker; this is known as learned non-use.

Constraint mitts are used to strengthen the weaker hand

Constraint induced movement therapy is a treatment option for people with Parkinson's disease who wish to improve and maintain the function and strength of their arm and hand. To participate in our CIMT programme the person must already have a certain level of movement in the hand, therefore our therapists conduct a screening assessment to ensure all patients are suitable. In addition the person should be motivated to complete several hours of therapy every day during the treatment programme, outside of therapy sessions.

Our specially trained CIMT therapists will provide the necessary advice and support throughout the treatment programme to maximise the success of your CIMT treatment. For further information on how constraint induced movement therapy may benefit you please call 0330 223 0077 today to speak to one of our specialist CIMT therapists.

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