Constraint-Induced Therapy (CI)
Constraint-Induced Therapy (CI) is a method in which stroke related physical impairment is treated by binding or constraining the movement of the unaffected limbs (with a sling for example) which causes the patient to use and regain strength in their less functional limb. CI was developed by Edward Taub because in many instances after stroke damage patients will attempt to use their affected limb, be unsuccessful at this, and give up on the usage of it. This "learned non-use" doesn't allow the patient to regain strength and dexterity back in their affected limb. By constraining the unaffected side patients are 'forced' to use their affected limb which can lead to improvement in movement and strength.