Dave Morris Czech Rep 11 2012Dave Morris, center, helped trained PT's in the Czech Republic on constraint-induced therapy.David Morris, PT, Ph.D., just returned to the states after training several physical therapists in the Czech Republic on constraint-induced (CI) movement therapy. Morris, vice chair and associate professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, spent four days training PT’s at the Klimkovice Health Spa near Ostrava.


CI therapy was developed at UAB by neuroscientist Edward Taub, Ph.D., to improve motor function in adults following a stroke, multiple sclerosis or traumatic brain injury. Patients can learn to improve movement of the weaker parts of their bodies by constraining the stronger side.


The Klimkovice facility is a rehabilitation center and health spa for individuals with disabilities from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The institution is developing a CI therapy program based on the one developed at UAB. Morris is the training coordinator for the UAB CI Therapy Research Team.