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Wii Used for Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Out — Wiihabilitation In?

When I tore my rotator cuff, I had to do some serious physical therapy to help it heal. Although it worked, I have to say the exercises were so repetitive and boring that it was difficult to motivate myself to do them. Now rehab therapy is trying to spice things up by using the Nintendo Wii. Strangely enough, many of the movements required to play Wii are similar to movements in traditional physical-therapy exercises. Since many of the games require you to beat the opponent on the screen, it creates a sense of competitiveness that makes patients want to move their bodies. Plus it's more fun so patients play longer and heal faster.

Wiihabilitation, as it's called, can be used for patients who are recovering from broken bones, surgery, strokes, or other ailments and injuries. The Wii Sports games, such as tennis, baseball, boxing, and golf are the most useful, and it's great for patients of all ages, too, since the games are pretty simple. So the next time you break a leg, don't be surprised if your physical therapist hands you a Wii controller.


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sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I would love to do this BUT i can never find a WII!!!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I totally believe it! My arms/upper body gets quite a workout when playing the Wii. My 6yo is very competitive, so playing against him is always tough! LOL There are days I wake up with a sore arm!
emalove emalove 9 years
I love Wii! I have to go to my sister's house to play too, Afrochic. We love to play the Wii tennis together, we were both avid tennis players throughout high school. We get a little competitive! Wii baseball and bowling are fun too.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
That's kind of a cool idea. My husband's friend has a Wii and it's really fun to play.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
Only if I could find a wii of my own instead of having to go to my sister's house all the time.
aeschere aeschere 9 years
this is great! i commend Nintendo on making a console that has thousands of uses :)
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Okay this is awesome. ;-)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've read about this...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I guess it's not a bad idea :)
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