Improvements After CIMT is Independent of Infarct Location in Chronic Stroke Patients. (Link to article)
Good candidates are survivors of stroke, brain injury, multiple
sclerosis, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, or brain cancer
where the patient presents with one side of their body more
affected than the other side. The candidate needs to have at least
45 degrees of active shoulder flexion/abduction, 20 degrees of
elbow extension from a 90 degree flexed elbow starting position,
20 degrees of wrist extension from a fully flexed position and 10
degrees of finger extension. In addition, the patient must have
the cognition to be able to follow commands. The patient must
also be medically stable and have the endurance to endure this
2-3 week clinic, 3 hours/day with the therapist.
CIMT is based on the 40 years of extensive research that Dr Edward Taub, a neuro-behaviorist, has performed from the University of Alabama. Dr Taub has proven that by restraining the less affected extremity with a mitt and intensely training the more affected arm over a 2-3 week clinic for 3 hours/day that he has shown neuroplastic changes in the brain resulting
in greater functional return in the arm compared to
traditional therapy rehabilitation.
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