Monday, January 30, 2012

Does CIMT Effect Gait and Balance?

What an interesting question to raise...does constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) effect gait characteristics, balance and functional locomotor ability? The researchers evaluated 16 children, who participated in a 3 week CIMT program, with the Standardized Walking Obstacle Course (SWOC), the Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) and the GAITRite Gold system. The children underwent a pretest and post test during the 3 week CIMT program. The results indicated a significant difference in faster cadence and faster velocity. No changes were recorded on the PBS or the SWOC. Reference: Zipp, Genevieve Pinto; Winning, Sue. Effects of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy on Gait, Balance, and Functional Locomotor Mobility. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 24(1):64-68, Spring 2012. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31823e0245


Barbara said...

A pretty good study, but less interesting to me because of the combination of CIMT with gait. Meaning I find neurophysiology more supportive for UE benefit with this technique than for the LE.

I suspect the same results are possible with any technique to modify gait.

I read the original article to get to this opinion. (Yawn.) Sorry, Margaret.

Your Therapy Source Inc said...

Thanks for the comment. Would love to hear more from your vast knowledge of neurophysiology on why CIMT is more beneficial for UE versus LE. I know not for blog comments but would love to learn more from you regarding this topic. Maybe you will do a blog post expanding this on your website.