Ashleigh and her team loved having Sharon W in rooms over the last 2 week for CIMT therapy. There were a lot of fun times during therapy including Birthday lunch for Mum Varuna.
What is constraint-induced movement therapy?
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is an intensive supervised therapy program that improves hand and arm recovery after stroke and acquired brain impairment. The program aims to change your brain (i.e. neuroplasticity) and explore ways for you to use your stroke-affected/ brain-injury affected hand and arm at home and in everyday tasks much more. We provided a modified version (mCIMT), involving fewer hours (3-4 hours instead of 6 hours per day), which has also been shown to be just as effective as the 6 hour program, for rehabilitation of the upper limb. The CIMT program involves two weeks of intensive training for your stroke-affected/ brain-injury affected hand (like ‘boot camp’), while your ‘good’ arm and hand are placed in a constraint ‘mitt’/cast (like a vacation for your less affected hand).
Activities include putting pegs on a washing line, wooden peg board, rice in bucket, filling cups, flipping dominos, picking up coins, beans, chickpeas and lentils, cast, nuts and bolts, writing, wrist extension with straw as target, and marbles. All these activities improve fine motor control, improves pinches, and muscle strength. Check out these great pictures.