When is Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) Beneficial?

Not everyone that suffered a stroke or other paralysis of a limb can benefit from CIMT. However, if a comprehensive evaluation  performed by qualified physical therapists to determine appropriateness of strengths and weaknesses show that it can help then this relatively new method can speed the improved use of the affected limb.(CIMT is a system whereby the unaffected limb is restrained so that all exercising is concentrated on the affected limb).
There must be some shoulder, elbow or finger movement in order for the system to increase motion and strength. No memory loss, lack of eyesight or severe pain should be prevalent in order for CIMT to be effective. Once applied this therapy can increase nerve activity to the brain. New areas of the brain can be put into use with sustained and repetitive practice. Side benefits can include improvements in core strength, balance and functional mobility.
The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are recent innovations in the area of intensive and challenging exercises used by stroke victims to improve the functional ability of an affected limb.
 The TUTOR system has become a key system in neuromuscular rehabilitation and physical therapy for interactive rehabilitation exercises. These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive active exercises. These exercises are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive training tailored to the patient’s performance by the occupational and physical therapist to ensure that the patient stays motivated.
The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are now  part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. and foreign hospitals with the TUTORS being used in clinics and in the patient’s home through the use of tele-rehabilitation. See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.

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