Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a rehabilitation technique created and extensively researched by behavioral neuroscientist Dr. Edward Taub and his team at the University of Alabama. CIMT is based on the concept of neuroplasticity - the ability of the brain to change as a result of intensive, targeted skill practice.
Practicing exercises with the affected limb while constraining (either with a restraining mitt for the unaffected hand, or with intensive, "forced-use" of the affected leg) causes the brain to rewire and relearn motor skills lost to neurological/other illness or injury.
CIMT is most effective when begun at least 6 months after injury and in people who have at least some active movement of their affected limb.
People taking part in CIMT work with a trained physiotherapist daily for 3.5 hours, 10-15 days for 2-3 weeks. CIMT is suitable for a variety of conditions such as stroke and acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebal palsy (CP), ataxia, Parksinson's-like conditions, and post-surgeries, all with significantly good results.
The keys to success with CIMT include:
A commitment to improve arm or leg and balance function
A determination to succeed
A willingness to focus and follow instructions
Work at home outside the clinic