Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)

Aim

Constraint-induced movement therapy is a therapy technique for people who have a unilateral (one-sided) weakness because of a brain injury (at birth, in childhood or as an adult). The technique involves restraining the "good" arm to "force" movement in the recovering arm.

Research outline

This research will use case study methodology to ensure that the unique challenges individuals face is taken into consideration and what the benefits and barriers may be. We have been recruiting to this study for a 6 month period and we have included all the children who were admitted to the rehabilitation programme with a unilateral motor difficulty.

Outcome

So far the research shows that the therapy needs to be continued for many hours a day. We are aiming to find out if it is feasible to do a shortened version of the therapy to fit in the busy day of the children who are having a rehabilitation placement and still see some benefit.
We have completed the 6 month study and we are in the process of analysing the results. We will be presenting our results at the European Academy of Childhood Disability in June 2016. We will publish the results in a peer reviewed therapy journal.

Investigators

Clinical team at TCT
Lorna Wales, Senior Research Associate
Gemma Kelly, physiotherapist
Aisling Ryan, occupational therapist
This research has been sponsored by Slater & Gordon Health & Research project fund