CIMT: Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
CIMT is a rehabilitation technique designed to reduce functional problems, reverse 'learned non-use' and stimulate neuroplastic change. This is achieved by constraining the less-affected limb, whilst carrying out intensive tasks/ activities using the most affected limb.
To find out more click here:
A Personal Experience: CIMT and Me
Researchers have made huge steps in bringing to light the brains own natural capacity to repair nerve damage.
Neuroplasticity is a new term that describes the ability of nerve cells to change and modify their activity, in response to changes in the environment.
CIMT is just one of many therapies that is proving just how incredible the brain is. For me CIMT opened up new horizons, it brought me a feeling of achievement, amazement and confidence but, most of all being a 'whole' person again. Initially, I found the programme extremely difficult, I have to admit I felt like 'throwing in the towel' on the second day but, and this is so important, I persevered. Many of the raw emotions experienced in the early days of my recovery, that sense of hopelessness, anger and frustration re-emerged in the first few days. Then the changes began, I cannot express how I felt seeing the improvements from day to day. It only opened up new horizons, it gave me hope.
I feel this therapy can benefit many people in their after-stroke recovery. It demands commitment and motivation, it's not a miracle cure but it can, as I experienced, open up new horizons and hope.