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CIMT has gone Russian!

Read about it in the CSP's Front Line

A book about constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT), written by two British therapists, is gaining global attention and has now been translated into Russian. How to do constraint-induced movement therapy: A practical guide was co-authored by Annie Meharg, a private physio and associate for course provider at Harrison Training, and occupational therapist Jill Kings, the clinical director of Neural Pathways. It is the only published guide on how to do CIMT, which is the best-evidenced intervention for recovery of arm function after stroke. The book was positively reviewed in Frontline (18 May 2016 issue) by Adine Adonis, vice-chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology. Mrs Meharg told Frontline: ‘It’s vital that therapists have the practical know how to undertake CIMT and that people with stroke and other neurological disorders get the opportunity to benefit from this high-intensity, task-specific intervention. ‘And it’s very rewarding to feel that we’ve contributed to the use of CIMT, not just in the UK but beyond.’

How to do Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) for Children with unilateral Cerebral Palsy

25th of March 2017

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a treatment technique involving restraint of the less affected upper limb combined with task practice to promote upper limb function in the hemiplegic arm after stroke or brain injury. This course focuses on the use of this technique with children who are neurologically impaired. It is designed for occupational therapists and physiotherapists and will provide an update of the CIMT evidence base and its application to working with children. It will also facilitate the development of work place CIMT treatment protocols to enable participants to set up their own CIMT service

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy who may benefit functionally from a constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) approach
  • Revise current evidence regarding neuroplasticity and how CIMT maximises this for optimum functioning in children and young people with hemiplegic cerebral palsy
  • Explore current evidence and critically evaluate protocols for constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT), specifically with children
  • Develop knowledge for the successful implementation of CIMT protocols into practice
  • Gain practical skills and experience of task specific therapy and shaping techniques used in the CIMT approach. Participate in role-play activities and in the discussion of case scenarios of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy who have received (or may benefit from) a programme of CIMT

CIMT book review

CSP's Frontline Magazine has just reviewed our new CIMT book.

"This book delivers what it says on the tin. It is useful for therapists thinking of setting up a constraint induced therapy (CIMT) programme or those interested in what it may look like but are unsure where to start."
"If you need examples of intensive exercises, patient information leaflets or checklists, I would highly recommend this book."
Adine Adonis - Vice chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.

Click the link to see the full review.
CIMT Book Review

How to do Constraint Induced Movement Therapy - a practical guide. Just £28.80 (including VAT)

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new book on CIMT. The book is aimed at any therapist who wants to find out more about CIMT or to implement a CIMT programme into their service. The book is structured to help you understand what CIMT is and is not and is supported throughout by tips and ideas from therapists and clients who have used this technique. It is intended to bridge the gap between the evidence base for CIMT and day-to-day practice. To find out more or to place an order please contact us.

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)

‘Enormous benefit’ of therapy overlooked.

An innovative and evidence-based treatment for stroke is being underused, says a physio who has developed a training course in the technique.

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy is recommended in the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke, says Annie Meharg,Physiotherapist, who has 20 years’ NHS experience in neurological rehab units at hospitals such as Homerton and the Royal Free in London.

But physios don’t feel confident about using this challenging treatment, says Annie Meharg, who developed the one-day course with colleague Jill Kings, an occupational therapist.

Aimed at highly motivated patients after hemiplegia, CIMT involves restraining the unaffected arm while giving intensive task practice to promote use of the affected arm.

‘We’re giving people a task on the border between possible and impossible,’ says Annie Meharg. ‘That’s challenging for physios too. But it has the potential to be of enormous benefit for some patients.’ The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology says CIMT is an ‘emerging tool’ that is well researched for treating certain stroke patients.

Reference: Frontline Magazine, 21 July 2010, authors Annie Meharg and Jill Kings (Frontline author: Joy Ogden)

For more information about CIMT courses and when they are running please follow the link for an Application Form, or contact Harrison Training if you are interested in reserving a place.

Click here to read a review of a recent CIMT course
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