Constraint Induced Therapy

Intensive Movement Therapy for Treatment of Hemiplegia

arm in slingConstraint induced (CI) movement therapy teaches the brain to "rewire" itself when one arm has limited functional use. It improves the quality and frequency of movement of the affected arm and hand. A removable, polyester cast is custom fabricated for the child to wear 24 hours a day, while in the program. The child participates in an intensive, daily therapy program for use of the arm and hand including activities of daily living, strength and coordination.

Constraint induced movement therapy takes place five days a week, three hours a day for three weeks.

Candidate Criteria for CI Therapy

  • Hemiplegia - limited use of one arm
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke, head injury
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • At least 2 years old, able to follow directions
  • Maintain attention for at least 15 minutes
  • Able to participate in treatment for three hours with brief rest periods

Intensive movement therapy is performed by licensed occupational therapists specializing in neurological disorders with extensive training in CI therapy and incorporates:

  • Rigorous, evidenced-based research for 30 years
  • Individualized goals and program
  • Parent participation

For more information, contact the Play to Learn Center:

2560 Colorado Blvd.
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 255-1134
Traci.Martinez@ah.org