What is constraint induced therapy?
Following a Stroke or Brain injury the presence of weakness in the upper limb is highly prevalent and can lead to a significant reduction in a persons’ independence. Constraint induced therapy is an evidence based approach, widely used by Neurological Occupational Therapists as part of an upper limb rehabilitation programme.
How does it work?
A mitt is placed on the unaffected limb for up to 90% of waking hours, and a series of exercises as well as day to day functional tasks are carried out. Research has found that this technique can have statistically significant results in the improvement of an individuals arm motor function when used as apart of a wider rehabilitation programme.
What do we think?
As specialist OT’s within Neurological rehabilitation, in our experience constraint induced therapy is a very valuable treatment technique when applied to appropriate individuals following a thorough clinical assessment.
If you are interested in finding out if constraint induced therapy would be appropriate for you or someone you know, or would just like to find out more then please feel free to contact OT Partners.