There are about 50,000 people who experience stroke each year around half of whom will experience ongoing disability after 12 months. In some patients stroke results in loss of function in the hand, arm and legs. Patients undergoing rehabiltiation where thought to reach the maximum recovery by 12 months. However a relatively new therapy, constraint induced movement therapy (CI Therapy), is dispelling this myth. Now what was once thought of as impossible is now possible, showing that the brain can change at any stage regardless of the patients age or number of years post stroke. CI Therapy featured prominently in the popular book The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr Norman Doidge.
So what is CI Therapy? What does it involve? Who can potentially do the therapy and what are the potential benefits of it? To answer these questions and more we are joined by David Morris, Researcher at the University of Alibama and Philip Fay, Occupational Therapist.