What is CI Therapy?
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CI Therapy) is a form of rehabilitation therapy that has the potential to improve a person’s function in their arms or legs following a stroke, brain injury or multiple sclerosis by increasing the use of their affected extremity. It has been proven to work on chronic patients with long standing side effects post brain injury.
This technique was based on the research developed by Dr. Edward Taub, PH.D., director of Taub Therapy Clinic and CI Therapy Research Group in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The research has its basis on the concept of neuroplasticity or rewiring of the brain after an injury or deterioration.
The main focus of CI Therapy is to address the overall non-use of the affected limb after an injury. The therapeutic techniques explore the client’s learnt patterns of movement over time. It then focuses on teaching new movement habits which translate to marked increase in functional use on everyday activities.
The Therapy program consists of 2-3 weeks of intense upper limb daily therapy (Monday – Friday) with a health professional. Participants are encouraged to complete work assignments each day after the therapy session.