CIMT provides effective rehabilitation for children who have one arm that is weaker than the other due to neurological conditions. CIMT involves intensive practice with the affected side, while restraining the unaffected side in a light weight cast.
Our CIMT programmes are between 3 and 4 weeks long, with therapy sessions occurring 5 days a week for 3 hours a day.
A cast is worn on the unaffected side for the full duration of the CIMT programme. Therefore even outside of therapy sessions your child is still using their affected side and continues to make progress.
To maximise the benefits of a CIMT programme your therapist will advise you to continue tasks with your child outside of the therapy sessions and over the weekends during the programme. Your CIMT therapist will give you advice and instruction on what activities and movements to concentrate on. The activities will tend to be play based, or your therapist will provide you with tips on how to engage your child’s arm in many different situations.