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Physical Therapists Use Video Games to Target Goals For Patients

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 10, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Video Games, Gaming, Physical Therapy, Healthcare StaffingMotion sensor technology has made games more interactive. From the "up and at 'em" style play that the Wii initiated to the Kinnect motion bar add-on with the Xbox 360, the name of the game in entertainment is technology that puts you in the game without the encumbrance of a controller. The newest gaming systems all include this style of play and it has been celebrated by fitness experts, parents and children alike.

This innovation in gaming has a lot of potential for use within physical therapy.

Games make the challenge of therapy a little more fun and can serve to distract patients from the more difficult aspects of undergoing physical therapy.

A recent article in the US Pharm publication, entitled, "50 Awesome Video Games For Physical Therapy and Rehab" outlines some of the best game titles for therapeutic use. It refers to traditional games like Wii boxing and Dance Dance Revolution that therapists can incorporate into the protocols they design for patients.

It also lists games that were designed specifically for therapeutic use like "Stroke Rehabilitation" an Xbox title that was designed by researchers at Rutgers and another game that uses a flexible pressure mat to help improve the short-sitting balance for patients that have experienced spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries.

A little research can unearth all kinds of therapy applications for video games. There may even be a game designed specifically with your patient's goals in mind.

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