Wii-habilitation has Edmonton patients on their toes


Who ever said video games were of no use. If you don’t have a Wii by now, then you are not human. Better yet this is a good excuse to tell the Mrs of why you and the “Family” (cough) need a Wii.

Therapists at a rehab hospital in Edmonton are using Nintendo’s Wii videogames to treat patients who have movement and balance problems.The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is using Nintendo Wii in therapy.The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is using Nintendo Wii in therapy.

As part of Albert Liaw’s rehab at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, a boxing video game has him punching into thin air in a battle with an onscreen opponent.

Instead of using a joystick or keyboard, Liaw’s onscreen character’s actions are controlled by his real life movement.

“When I first played I was in a wheelchair, now I’m standing and I can box normal,” he said.

A at least now people can’t bitch that video games are bad for you.

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