Constrained Induced Movement Therapy

Constrained Induced Movement Therapy

The first in Poland rehabilitation program created on the basis of the principles of the Constrained Induced Movement Therapy. The therapy has been developed with the qualified team of therapists working in our center. It is based on the leading motif of Pirates, who set out on a sea voyage in search of adventures. The therapy is used in many countries in Western Europe, Australia and US.

The Constrained Induced Movement Therapy is earmarked for children with craniocerebral traumas, brachial plexus injuries or neurological problems. In children you can observe a developing syndrome of “learned non-use” of the weaker upper limb. Despite their motor and functional capabilities, the child prefers to use the limb that is more skillful to be more efficient or faster in daily life. The therapy aims to activate the other upper limb through intensive training, shaping and graduation of the desired movements, excluding the stronger limb (through blocking it e.g. with a plaster cast, sling etc.).

Through specially prepared scenery, accessories, clothes and music, the therapy is a form of creative rehabilitation. Playing is a natural form of activity for each child. It is a strong motivator to perform activities (planned in advance by therapists). Work in a group is an additional stimulant of activity.
Each day of the camp has a different script. Pirates prepare to set out in a ship, they coming across difficulties, tasks to be performed based on a mysterious map and hints to find a treasure.

The rehabilitation camp lasts two weeks, two hours a day + assessment of the upper limb before and after the camp, using the AHA – Assisting Hand Assessment scale. Four patients take part in the sessions at the same time. Each child is under the care of a physiotherapist with a completed NDT Bobath course.