Pain Movement Therapy ( Cimt )

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795,000. The number of people that suffer a stroke each year according to statistics from Stroke Center.org. Currently “stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States” (Internet Stroke Center). While there are many different forms of therapy that are used to treat stroke victims, one such emerging treatment is called Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT). This therapy was developed specifically to target arm movement impairments as a result of a stroke (Kwakkel et al., p. 224).. K 224 People often relate the loss of arm mobility to stroke patients because it is so noticeable when a person cannot use one of their arms properly. Statistics show, “motor deficits are common following stroke. Approximately 43% to 69% of people suffering from a stroke have upper-extremity impairment, 1, 2 and 4 years after a stroke, 67% still experience non-use of the affected arm as a major problem” (Siebers et al., 389). In these cases, CIMT can be more beneficial than less invasive therapies. CIMT looks to force movement and use of the affected side of the body after a stroke in order to promote rehabilitation while limiting the unaffected limb. However, this type of therapy does not come easily as CIMT is a very rigorous therapy. In the article, Stroke patients ' and therapists ' opinions of constraint-induced movement therapy, it was stated this therapy is intense because the unaffected arm is restrained while the patient participates in about 6 hours

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