Constraint-Induced Stroke Therapy Improves Function

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Stroke Therapy

The benefits of a stroke rehabilitation technique that restrains one arm to strengthen the other lasted throughout a two-year, placebo-controlled follow-up, researchers reported in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The study is the first placebo-controlled trial of Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (CI therapy), a technique that requires patients wear a hand splint or sling on their arm unaffected by stroke for 90 percent of waking hours during a 14-day treatment period.

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