Constraint-Induced Movement therapy, a rehabilitation technique designed to improve the function of the weakened or affected arm of a stroke patient, has been shown to provide continued benefit for two years, according to a placebo-controlled follow-up study reported in this week's on-line issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

CI therapy involves restraining the patient's unaffected arm for up to two weeks of intense rehabilitation exercises, forcing the patient to use the affected limb.

"These findings reiterate our contention that chronic stroke patients benefit from CI therapy, regardless of the length of time that has passed since the onset of the stroke," said UAB professor of psychology Edward Taub, Ph.D., who developed the therapy.

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