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Regaining function in weak arm by constraining "good" arm

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:24pm
source : Accelerated Cure Project
Published Story by hollie - http://msnews.acceleratedcure.org/node/3296

Constraint-Induced Movement therapy can improve hemiparetic progressive multiple sclerosis.
Preliminary findings. PubMed - 2008 Jun 23.

Mark VW, Taub E, Bashir K, Uswatte G, Delgado A, Bowman MH, Bryson CC, McKay S, Cutter GR.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Objective
To evaluate whether Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (CI therapy) may benefit chronic upper extremity hemiparesis in progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).

Methods Five patients with progressive MS, who had chronic upper extremity hemiparesis and evidence for learned non-use of the paretic limb in the life situation, underwent 30 hours of repetitive task training and shaping for the paretic limb over 2-10 consecutive weeks, along with physical restraint of the less-affected arm and a "transfer package" of behavioral techniques to reinforce treatment adherence.

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