Nintendo Wii's new avatar "part of inpatient therapy" in hospitals

It seems the Nintendo Wii games console may not just have fans amongst casual gamers, young kids and pensioners, but also physical therapists. The machines are actively being trialled as an effective rehabilitation system for stroke victims and a whole range of other injuries.Newsday are reporting that the Bridgeport Hospital's Rehabilitation Unit has introduced the […]

It seems the Nintendo Wii games console may not just have fans amongst casual gamers, young kids and pensioners, but also physical therapists. The machines are actively being trialled as an effective rehabilitation system for stroke victims and a whole range of other injuries.

Newsday are reporting that the Bridgeport Hospital's Rehabilitation Unit has introduced the Wii as part of it's inpatient therapy and is already seeing results.

It tells the story of Barbara Everlith, a stroke victim who finds standing, walking and grasping objects difficult since falling ill. One thing she has started to do though is play tennis, using the remote controller and a copy of Wii Sports on the Nintendo Wii which the hospital has installed.

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