Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)
What Is Constraint Induced Movement Therapy?
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a therapy technique to treat children who have neuromotor conditions that affect one side of their body. Sometimes CIMT is referred to as “movement therapy” or “constraint therapy.”
Some children who have neuromotor conditions avoid using two hands during play and other daily activities. Often, they use their stronger hand but neglect to use their weaker hand. This is called developmental—or learned—nonuse.
CIMT uses a cast to limit the use of the stronger hand for four weeks. This encourages children to use their weaker, affected hand, which helps them strengthen it and learn to use it more skillfully. During CIMT, children build new skills for play, and they practice everyday tasks such as getting dressed, combing their hair and feeding themselves.