Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy (mCIT)

There is a large body of research suggesting that, in addition to the initial damage to motor regions produced by brain injury, further functional decline can occur via “learned disuse,” a form of negative neuroplasticity. Because use of an affected limb is often difficult, painful, and inefficient, injured individuals will stop using that limb, resulting in diminished efferent connections.

Clients at CORE Health Care with hemiparesis will participate in modified constraint-induced therapy (mCIT), whereby their unaffected limb will be voluntarily rendered non-functional via a splint or large mitt, forcing use of their affected limb for three hours per day. Motor skills and self-perception of motor abilities will be measured before and after the intervention to measure effectiveness of the intervention.