Constraint Therapy

What Is Constraint-induced Movement Therapy?

Catholic Health Constraint Physical Therapy

Constraint therapy, or constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), is a rehabilitation technique used for stroke patients. It is most beneficial to adults who after having a stroke, continue to experience weakness in one arm, or on one side of the body.

This therapy program involves constraining the movements of the less-affected arm, usually with the use of a mitt or a sling. The patient then practices achievement of basic locomotor tasks on the affected side. Several research studies have shown that patients who complete this program are able to achieve a significant improvement in function of their arm.

Constraint therapy is repetitive, task-oriented training. Patients are active participants who can be encouraged or assisted by a therapist to complete activities that help restore quality of life, such as:

  • Grasping objects of different shapes and sizes
  • Typing on a keyboard
  • Feeding oneself
  • Catching a ball

Our constraint therapy programs may be provided by one of our physical therapists, occupational therapists, or speech language pathologists. First and foremost, we are dedicated to providing an encouraging, uplifting environment for stroke patients to work in.