The Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a new type of intervention for patients suffering from hemiplegia.

The CIMT is based on the concept of “learned non-use”, i.e. a state experienced by many hemiplegia sufferers who fail to use their hemiplegic upper limb. The negative result of their efforts leads the patient to “reject” their hemiplegic limb by using it less and less, although the limb maybe rather functional.

The CIMT is a form of therapy of he upper limb and forces the patient to use the affected limb by restraining the unaffected with an arm-sling. The affected limb is then exercised intensely by encouraging the limb’s active engagement in routine activities. The result of numerous studies and clinical experiments show impressive improvement to the upper limb of hemiplegic children whose functionality remained stable for a long period of time due to their deficiency.

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