• Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)

    Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is used with patients who have weakness on one side. CIMT includes:

    • Limiting use of the better arm by wearing a constraint
    • Providing intensive practice for the weaker arm

    An occupational therapist (OT) provides the therapy which can be done in an individual or group setting. Children’s has developed two CIMT protocols for patients and families. OTs at Children’s work closely with the family to choose which of the two protocols will work best for them. Caregivers and patients are given home program suggestions each week.

    Protocol 1  

    • Constraint worn for 2 hours a day
    • Structured activities done by the family while wearing the constraint
    • OT - 1x/week
    • Duration - 8 weeks

    Protocol 2

    • Constraint worn 24 hours a day (removable cast)
    • Recommended activities done by the family while wearing constraint                                                           
    • OT - 1x/week
    • Duration - 4 weeks

    The goals of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy are to improve:

    • Range of motion
    • Strength
    • Sensation
    • Awareness
    • Use of the weaker arm
    • Specific skills

    Why Choose Us? 

    Cincinnati Children's has developed an Evidence-Based Care Guideline (EBCG) for Constraint Induced Movement Therapy. A care guideline for CIMT reduces variation in care, improves patient outcomes, and promotes quality care based on current knowledge and research.

    Who Can Benefit? 

    Children with many conditions and/or diagnoses may benefit from CIMT including:

    • Cerebral palsy
    • Brachial plexus injury
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Hemiparesis
    • Childhood strokes
    • Other central nervous system conditions

    Location of Service

    Constraint Induced Movement Therapy is available at all outpatient neighborhood locations.

  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is provided by an occupational therapist in either an individual or group setting.

    Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is provided by an occupational therapist in either an individual or group setting. 

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  • Contact US

    For more information about the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, call 513-636-4651 or email us at otpt@cchmc.org.

    To schedule an appointment with OT, PT, or the Motion Analysis Lab, call 513-636-4651 and select option 1.

    To talk with a Financial Services Representative, call 513-636-4651 and select option 2.