Exer-games for rehabilitation in hospital

...interactive computer/ video games, driven by the player's body movements, employed in rehabilitation

A recent study from South Australia has explored the ability of so-called 'Exer-games' in helping patients in a rehabilitation hospital to regain their mobility and found a specific beneficial effect on balance.

A new study from South Australia shows that:

  • Exer-games individually prescribed by a physiotherapist to target each patient's problems and rehabilitation goals could be safely incorporated into inpatient neurological and geriatric rehabilitation;
  • Adding Exer-games to usual rehabilitation led to task-specific improvements in balance (but not in overall mobility). The lack of an effect on mobility is disappointing but improvement in balance is valuable for falls prevention.

The results also looked promising for walking speed, stepping and self-rated health status of the participants who used Exer-games, so these will be the topic of subsequent research.

> From: Van den Berg et al., J Physiother 62 (2016-03-04 11:14:05) 20-28 . All rights reserved to Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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