Constraint-Induced Therapy (CI Therapy)

Constraint-Induced therapy (CI therapy, or CIT) is a family of rehabilitation therapies designed to help “rewire” the brain and thus regain some level of limb function in those who have had an injury or illness such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, brain tumor, or multiple sclerosis. Research pioneered at UAB over the last 25 years by Edward Taub, PhD, has shown that patients can “rewire” their brains and “learn” to improve the function of the more affected parts of their bodies rather than depending on the less-affected parts. These results have been found to be true for both movement of the affected arm or leg as well as the use of language, and the therapy typically produces excellent results. Brain imaging studies have confirmed Constraint-Induced therapy’s effect on the brain as a result of this therapy, indicating that there is “rewiring” of the brain taking place. Constraint-Induced therapy has been found to be effective no matter how long ago the injury or illness occurred so long as the treatment criteria are met.

The Taub Therapy Clinic treats patients age 14 and over who qualify for treatment. Patients who have participated range from veterans with TBI and stroke patients to individuals with multiple sclerosis and those who have undergone tumor resection (removal of tissue). The clinic is located within the Spain Rehabilitation Center, one of the Southeast’s foremost providers of comprehensive rehabilitation care. Pediatric CI therapy patients are treated at Children’s of Alabama.

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