Saturday, November 09, 2013

Video Games for Rehabilitation - Video

Video Games Tested as Stroke Rehab Alternative 

Published on Jun 18, 2013

A new study in Canada will look at the effects of playing physically interactive video games, like the Nintendo Wii, on people who have suffered a stroke and are in the process of recovery.

A new study in Canada will look at the effects of playing physically interactive video games like the Nintendo Wii on people who have suffered a stroke and are in the process of recovery. 140 stroke patients are expected to participate in the study that will compare the effects of playing video games with other game activities like playing cards or dominoes.

Previous research has shown that video games might be a promising rehabilitation treatment for stroke patients. Dr. Sean Dukelow, stroke specialist with the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute said: "I'm betting on the virtual reality... Certainly, what we've seen is viable. It enhances the recovery of the brain... We are actually re-wiring areas of the brain that died from a stroke."

Another project called Limbs Alive creates video games and controllers specifically designed as physical therapy for stroke patients. Limbs Alive has worked with researchers from Newcastle University to design games that provide a stimulating and challenging way to make rehabilitation more fun.

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Limbs Alive: Video Games Aid Stroke Recovery 

Published on May 17, 2012

Stroke frequently damages the area of the brain controlling movement; as a consequence there are thousands of people with weakness down one side of their body. This has a major impact on their lives because everyday activities require two hands.

The brain can relearn control of the weak arm, but this needs frequent therapy over many months. There are not enough therapists to provide this on a one-to-one basis and fewer than 20% of patients regain independence after a stroke. Professor Janet Eyre and her team at University of Newcastle have developed a library of video-games to be played at home, which provide highly motivating therapy for relearning arm and hand movements. The aim of the project is to analyse information about patients' performance of arm and hand movements during the video games in order to provide feedback to the patient and their therapist via the internet. This will enable effective rehabilitation of arm and hand movements to be delivered at home at times and places to suit patients, whilst still maintaining expert supervision from a therapist.

The need for hospital visits will be greatly reduced, patients will have the opportunity to undertake more frequent therapy sessions, therapists will be able to supervise more patients and patients should regain greater independence.

A film by Barry J Gibb.

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Limbs Alive Stroke Rehabilitation 

Uploaded on Feb 15, 2012

How do you help stroke patients to re-learn movements they may have lost? The answer is through a special computer game that's been designed to recreate physical therapy and rehab exercises - allowing patients to have fun rehabilitating in their own homes.

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Good Bye Rehab - Hello Wii-Hab ! 

Uploaded on Dec 23, 2010

No longer the stuff of child's play, the Nintendo™ Wii has become an exciting tool used by physical and occupational therapists in rehabilitation settings. This new treatment approach is often called "Wii-hab."

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Virtual Rehabilitation Program Uses Games

Published on Jul 8, 2013

Can rehab be fun? That's part of the goal of a new physical therapy program for stroke patients devised by a Korean doctor. The program uses video games to get patients moving again.

Ji Myung-kil has more. This woman has had a stroke, and now she has difficulty moving her arms and legs. As part of her rehabilitation program, she's playing a series of games developed by a doctor at Seoul National University hospital in Bundang, south of Seoul. With this game, she uses her hands to move blocks from one side of the wall to the other. The activity will help her to overcome the partial paralysis in her hands and fingertips as a result of the stroke.

Here, she controls a spaceship with her arms to avoid meteorites,... which helps her to regain muscle control and improve her reaction time. The virtual rehabilitation therapy can be easily done at home without the need to visit a hospital.

"This virtual rehabilitation game is fun and comfortable to use. I can do it by myself when I'm at home."

This game is based on the Kinect technology from Microsoft, which can detect a patient's movements and translate them into actions on screen.

"When a patient suffers a stroke,... it is likely that they will have some paralysis in their arms or legs. Using the Kinect camera device,.. patients can easily undergo rehabilitation by playing games."

Stroke patients can also play the virtual rehabilitation games in pairs,... which can add to the fun. The games also provide information on the accuracy of a patient's movements and the patient's overall performance. The games will be ready for commercialization within two years.

Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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Wii-Based Movement Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation 

Uploaded on Feb 2, 2012

Neuroscience Research Australia's Dr Penelope McNulty is using Wii-based movement therapy to help those living with stroke related disabilities regain use of their affected limbs.

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Wii & Stroke Therapy 

Uploaded on Mar 8, 2010

KCRA's Edie Lambert reports on the use of "Wii-hab" at Mercy General Hospital for treating stroke patients. Edie talks with Physical Therapist Briana Miller, as well as some of the patients benefitting from this fun and effective treatment tool.

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Hand, Arm and Shoulder Therapy - ReJoyce 

Published on Aug 21, 2013

ReJoyce is an upper extremity rehabilitation workstation developed for patients with movement impairments resulting from stroke, spinal cord (SCI), brain, and other neurological injuries. ReJoyce features a range of exercise games with adjustable difficulty levels and a standardized hand and arm function test for maximization of motor recovery.

The ReJoyce Therapy is based on the follwing five core principles:
  1. Provide standardized upper lim exercises representing activities of daily life (ADL) 
  2. Disguise intensive training with motivating games 
  3. Track functional improvements with an automated, objective hand and arm function test 
  4. Offer patients the opportunity to continue ReJoyce exercise therapy in their own homes after leaving the clinic, tele-supervised over the Internet 
  5. Enable therapists to tele-supervise from anywhere: the clinic, their own home, or even while travelling

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Recovering From Stroke, Video Game Style 

Published on Jun 5, 2012

Video games are fun, and this makes them valuable health tools. NeuRA researcher Dr Penelope McNulty's research into Wii-based Movement Therapy and stroke rehabilitation was profiled in a story on brain plasticity on the program The Project. This story aired on 16 May 2012 and was produced by The Project's Jac Tonks. Learn more at

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Video Games Aid Stroke Patients' Recovery 

Published on Apr 13, 2012

Canoeist Sam Chick's hobby skimmed to a halt 12 years ago, in the wake of a debilitating stroke. It left him unable to move the left side of his body, including his arm and leg - and unable to paddle the light, slender, pointy-ended boat. Like most stroke victims, there was no advance warning. He was not diabetic, did not suffer from heart disease, and had no family history of strokes.

"I suddenly fell down while playing with my daughter, and lost consciousness. My wife sent me to the hospital immediately," Mr Chick said.

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Video Games Help Stroke Patients 

Uploaded on May 24, 2010

Video games help stroke patients.

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iCTuS - Virtual Reality Stroke Rehabilitation 

Uploaded on Apr 2, 2009

Virtual reality stroke rehabilitation system based on activation of the human mirror neuron system. More information:

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