A stroke usually results in movement difficulties in one side of the body (hemiplegia). Early after the incident, movement of the affected hand is clumsy and inefficient leading to unconscious avoidance of this part of the body and use of the healthy hand throughout most everyday activities. This compensation leads to further functional decrements as the muscles lose more of their strength, being underused.
CIMT has been primarily designed for people after stroke, in whom “learned non-use” of the hemiplegic hand is obvious after some time from the initial incidence. A large body of research has tested the effects of CIMT in stroke patients; the findings reveal substantial improvements in arm and hand movement, even when the patient seems to have reached a functional plateau long time ago. Our therapists’ evaluation will determine whether CIMT might be beneficial for you.