Upper Limb Rehabilitation
How we use our hands is so important to our everyday life and who we are. Your upper limb therapy program may target movement, sensation and function and likely a combination of these. Your therapist will use therapeutic handling and facilitation and incorporate techniques such as practising normal movement patterns, mental rehearsal, sensory retraining (SENSe), Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), Mirror Box therapy and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES).
…a note about mCIMT
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic approach to rehabilitation of upper limb movement after stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The techniques of CIMT are a family of treatments that teach the brain to ‘rewire’ after injury and can be used together for a powerful 2-3 week patient program, or taken as elements to boost the impact of your upper limb therapy.
The Taub Therapy Institute at the University of Alabama in the US have developed the CIMT protocol and tested it rigorously over 20 years. See https://www.uab.edu/citherapy/ for more detail. Robyn (your Neurotherapy OT) completed formal CIMT training with Taub Institute International Trainer Dr David Morris in 2015. Since this time, she has used mCIMT in both private practice and public health and trained many therapists in its use.
As a quick check, the program may work well for you if you are able to roughly pick up a flannel with your affected hand.
If you are interested in participating in an intensive UL program with Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, please contact us on 0421 960 396.