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Patients practice walking again using the Wii Fit

NintendoWorldReport is reporting that physiotherapists at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds England have begun using the Nintendo Wii Fit as part of their physical therapy rehabilitation process.

The Seacroft medical professionals are among the first in the country to use the Wii Fit game and balance board for rehabilitation purposes. Senior physiotherapist Lynn Hirst stated that many times patients have trouble "getting their weight through the prosthetic limb." The Wii Fit allows patients to see where their body weight is being placed aiding the process.

The many balance based games for the Nintendo Wii Fit allow patients to practice the cooperation needed between a real and prosthetic limb. The Wii Fit also allows patients to visually see where their center of gravity is providing more than just their trainer’s opinion when attempting to track their progress. Progress that is reinforced by visual evidence provides an additional incentive for patients to push themselves during therapy.

Patients using the Nintendo Wii Fit have had positive experiences using the balance board for their rehabilitation. David Crossland, a 60 year old patient at Seacroft, described the treatment as "marvelous".  He also said, "It makes sure you have got your balance, which is very important when you are learning to walk again. The Wii gives you confidence in yourself to go out and feel you are not going to fall on the floor, which is a great thing."



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Video games are bad for you!
By hameed on 1/6/2009 9:54:22 AM , Rating: 5
If only big media could care about these kind of stories as much as they care about "OMG GTA taught me how to shoot a gun!"




By bigjaicher on 1/6/2009 10:19:12 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, but these stories don't have the ability to incite panic in dumb (in technology) people.

Besides, this isn't that new of a thing, a month ago a physical therapist I knew was raving about how good the Wii was for her patients.


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By FaceMaster on 1/6/2009 10:21:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
If only big media could care about these kind of stories as much as they care about "OMG GTA taught me how to shoot a gun!"


Speaking of which I'd like a Wii sex simulator.


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By Gzus666 on 1/6/2009 10:31:56 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Speaking of which I'd like a Wii sex simulator.


To teach you how to have sex...?


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By Motoman on 1/6/2009 11:04:46 AM , Rating: 3
...with an Adrienne Barbobot <sp>

...or 7 of 9.

...or that cute Dranei Hunter with the pet Nightstalker.


By amanojaku on 1/6/2009 11:23:20 AM , Rating: 2
You've thought about this a bit too much...


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By heffeque on 1/6/2009 11:26:13 AM , Rating: 3
You mean "Adrienne Barbeaubot" :-P


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By Murloc on 1/6/2009 11:34:46 AM , Rating: 2
you played too much wow.


By FaceMaster on 1/6/2009 11:47:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
To teach you how to have sex...?


Just as Grand Theft Auto teaches you how to kill.


By Whaaambulance on 1/6/2009 12:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
Forum troll is obvious.


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By MrBlastman on 1/6/2009 11:04:48 AM , Rating: 2
So your name is changing to MasterBater? :P


By Chocobollz on 1/6/2009 12:20:36 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe, PissMuster? :p


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By Smartless on 1/6/2009 1:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
Lol I just asked my friend if he's tried Wii Fit. He said, "I haven't touched my Wii in awhile." Well good for him.


By peterfile09 on 1/6/2009 2:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
Probably too busy molesting women


By Crysalis99 on 1/6/2009 4:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
I remember seeing something on Kotaku.com awhile back about some sex simulation device, for both women and men for one of the gaming consoles. The PS3 perhaps?


By AstroCreep on 1/6/2009 9:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
Call it a Wii-ner?

Wokka-wokka. :p


By AstroCreep on 1/6/2009 9:24:17 PM , Rating: 3
Well, in all fairness, knowing how to shoot a gun may allow me to defend my family and my home someday!

Knowing how to treat hookers is simply an added benefit.


RE: Video games are bad for you!
By jlips6 on 1/8/2009 10:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
if you think you can learn to shoot a gun from GTA, why don't you try using the skills from all those dating simulators to get yourself a girlfriend? Can't be that hard, right?
Guns are a just a leeeeetle bit more complex than just pulling the trigger. Sorry to be a downer.


XBox + PS3
By wordsworm on 1/6/2009 1:36:43 PM , Rating: 3
Don't folks get tired of hearing these two armies of fans spewing on about how inferior Wii is? I don't see those two boxes coming out with stuff like this. Quite amazing what those Nintendo folks are coming out with. I'm starting to wonder if I should get one for myself. I haven't had a game box since the original Nintendo. Computers have always offered better strategic, RPG, etc., games than the boxes. But these kinds of innovations - Wii fit (yeah, I'm about 90lbs/41kg overweight)... have fun getting fit without spending an arm+leg=good times.




RE: XBox + PS3
By The0ne on 1/6/2009 2:42:42 PM , Rating: 3
They're fanboys, not really gamers. Gamers could care less about which console they're playing on. I'm a gamer and I'll play whatever game on whatever console that is fun for me.

A gamer having arguments over which console is best is ridiculous. It doesn't even make sense much less sound right. As a gamer you be happy to have 3 consoles out there plus the the hand-helds and the PC side (Mac and Windows).

Besides Wii Fit, the boxing sport game that comes with the Wii is a good workout as well. If you don't skimp on the actual motions it's pretty fun and burn calories like mad :) I love the boxing game.


RE: XBox + PS3
By FaceMaster on 1/6/2009 7:28:29 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Besides Wii Fit, the boxing sport game that comes with the Wii is a good workout as well. If you don't skimp on the actual motions it's pretty fun and burn calories like mad :) I love the boxing game.


Shut up, fanboy. I prefer games where you don't thrust your hand up and down like you're having a perpetual, eternal wank. Unless it's a sex-sim.


RE: XBox + PS3
By Crysalis99 on 1/6/2009 8:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
God, this system bashing just never ends, does it? Did people name bash like this when the NES and the Sega Master System, or SNES and Genesis were rivals? No.

The youth today (and when I say that, that means anyone who was born from 1990 and up) just do not appreciate games like we used to. Everything has to be about better graphics, better apps. Back in my day we were just lucky enough if we could get our system to run the damn game without having to blow into the cart. for eternity to get it to work.

The gaming populace today is too spoiled for thier own good. What once was a small niche has been over run with imbeciles. No different than locker-rooms being over ran by over driven testosterone teenagers...


RE: XBox + PS3
By themaster08 on 1/6/2009 8:35:26 PM , Rating: 3
It's because many people nowadays fail to realise that the world isn't full of people who like what they like. Their minds don't hold the capacity to accept the fact that there are people out there that like different things, so therefore troll their small-minded opinions across these articles bashing everyhitng everyone else says.

Moving on. I have to say, I have had more fun out of my MegaDrive than I have, or ever will out of any of the latest consoles.

The Wii, in my opinion, brings back the "classic" gaming experience which was innocent, non-competitive and just generally fun. It is able to appeal to many people with it's uniuqeness.


RE: XBox + PS3
By peterfile09 on 1/6/09, Rating: 0
RE: XBox + PS3
By The0ne on 1/6/2009 3:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
oh how quickly they come about replying, I'm pretty sure MS or MS could sell anything off of people like this :) /lmao


RE: XBox + PS3
By Gzus666 on 1/6/09, Rating: 0
RE: XBox + PS3
By themaster08 on 1/6/2009 9:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on the Folding@home in some respects, but it's just an add-on which existed long before the PS3 was even released. It's not original like the Wii Fit, but it's a great use of resources, and considering the PS3 has one hell-of-a-resource which is it's CPU, it only makes sense that Folding@home is available on the PS3.


RE: XBox + PS3
By Gzus666 on 1/7/2009 9:22:18 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I agree with you on the Folding@home in some respects, but it's just an add-on which existed long before the PS3 was even released.


Granted, but the Wii Fit was not made directly to rehabilitate, it just fell into it. Rehabilitation has been around long before the Wii, it just picked it up as well.


RE: XBox + PS3
By themaster08 on 1/7/2009 12:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
Good point.

+1 if I could ;)

But the Wii Fit is still there to benefit people with their fitness. The rehabilitation is just a bonus.


Not surprise
By The0ne on 1/6/2009 1:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
Few of my colleagues as well as friends have their wives and kids on the Wii and loving it. It really is amazing the age range this console is appealing too.




RE: Not surprise
By FaceMaster on 1/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: Not surprise
By 3kliksphilip on 1/6/2009 2:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It really is amazing the age range this console is appealing too.


'nuff said. I'm guessing you're about 3.


RE: Not surprise
By The0ne on 1/6/2009 3:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
/points and laugh at all three


RE: Not surprise
By peterfile09 on 1/6/2009 2:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
That's sick! Did you wii all over the kids as well?


RE: Not surprise
By FaceMaster on 1/6/2009 2:42:44 PM , Rating: 1
Not hairy enough.


RE: Not surprise
By peterfile09 on 1/6/2009 2:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Or old enough


RE: Not surprise
By FaceMaster on 1/6/2009 2:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
Age doesn't matter.


RE: Not surprise
By Crysalis99 on 1/6/2009 4:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
But size does...


RE: Not surprise
By FaceMaster on 1/6/2009 7:00:30 PM , Rating: 1
If it does then why am I going for his Mum?


RE: Not surprise
By Crysalis99 on 1/6/2009 7:54:00 PM , Rating: 1
I thought it was his wife...


RE: Not surprise
By FaceMaster on 1/7/2009 6:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
You think I'm limited to one person?


RE: Not surprise
By 3kliksphilip on 1/7/2009 6:14:22 AM , Rating: 2
You're certainly limited to one joke.


Texas
By strikeback03 on 1/6/2009 11:43:10 AM , Rating: 2
One of my friends is a physical therapist in Texas, she said the chain of clinics she works for is opening a new location (San Antonio IIRC) to use the Wii for rehabbing injuries.




RE: Texas
By sgw2n5 on 1/6/2009 12:46:58 PM , Rating: 2
My wife has been using the Wii for treatment purposes since the console was released.

Using the Wii for rehab is old news in the PT world.


RE: Texas
By Gzus666 on 1/6/2009 12:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a giant gimmick. What exactly can the Wii do that nothing else in physical therapy or a gym not do?


RE: Texas
By mircea on 1/6/2009 1:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you read trough you might have come across this passage:
quote:
The Wii Fit allows patients to visually see where their center of gravity is providing more than just their trainer’s opinion when attempting to track their progress. Progress that is reinforced by visual evidence provides an additional incentive for patients to push themselves during therapy.


So you are right it's not something else it's just supporting the therapy.


SMB
By ixelion on 1/6/2009 12:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
I remember Supermonkey Ball on the Game Cube was being used to help surgeons develop acurracy and precision with their hands.

Nintendo seems to be doing alot for the medical profession.




RE: SMB
By themaster08 on 1/6/2009 3:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
I like that Wii for the fact that I already have a PC I can play all of the latest FPS's on. It gives everyone an alternative, and appeals more to families with it's wide range of party and family games.


basic human instinct
By obiwankenobi on 1/6/2009 2:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
quote: Speaking of which I'd like a Wii sex simulator


does this show how dumb you are? the most basic instinct of a human being to survive and multiply his genes is to find where to stick his penis.




RE: basic human instinct
By FaceMaster on 1/6/09, Rating: 0
proof
By wickedceltics on 1/7/2009 8:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
that Nintendo is the best and the most innovative, I say. Who else is making video games which are as beneficial as Wii Fit? That why it's the number 1 game! Makes sense to me.

This is a video I just posted this week about my own Wii Fit obsession. Thought you might like.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DYN7hP-swo




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