Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) Protocol

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  • Traditional CIMT is provided for more than 2 hours/day and should not be used within the first month following stroke.
  • Modified CIMT is a less intense program which varies in terms of the time of constraint, the intensity of associated therapy, and duration of the intervention (weeks). Modified CIMT may be initiated in the first month following a stroke in appropriate patients.


  • 20° wrist extension
  • 10° finger extension


  • Participants wear a mitt on the less-affected arm 90% of their waking hours
  • Perform repetitive task-oriented training with the affected arm 6-7 hours per day
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