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Wiis used to rehab stroke patients

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 May 2007 17:00 User comments (8)

Wiis used to rehab stroke patients Thanks to Dr. Janet Coyle, a hospitalist at Riley Hospital's Tom C. Maynor Rehabilitation Center, the Nintendo Wii has been incorporated into the center's rehabilitation program for patients who have suffered strokes.
“Dr. Coyle got one (Wii) for Christmas and after playing on it for awhile, she realized that it would be wonderful for our stroke patients,” said Ben Rucks, director of rehabilitation services at Riley.

Since its introduction late last year, the Wii has been cited as useful in losing weight and has also been used to treat children who suffer from the paralyzing hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

“Unlike other video games — which only use the thumbs — the Wii requires use of the whole body, balance and hand-eye coordination,” Rucks said. “This is especially ideal for stroke patients in their recovery.”

Im glad to see the console being put to so much good outside of its intended goals.

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8 user comments

127.5.2007 17:49

edited cause im an idiot ;)

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 May 2007 @ 18:27

227.5.2007 18:09

Nice going andy. Now I have to scroll through the page to read it. :(

327.5.2007 19:08

This is gives me even more reason to get one.

427.5.2007 19:31

*will show dad to convince him that it is worth getting*

527.5.2007 20:14

hahahaha very funny

627.5.2007 22:54

Thats pretty cool, more reason for doctors to have Wii's installed their waiting rooms..... I never go to the doc, but Ill be glad to start going.....

728.5.2007 8:41

I work as a physiotherapist and have long thought that the PS2 eyetoy or Wii would be helpful in the rehab of patients (not to mention lunch-time rivalries). Now, if only I could get my boss to spring for a big screen set and console!

818.6.2007 18:18

Proving once and for all that video games are good for you.

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