Video game therapy aids in stroke recovery

Video game therapy aids in stroke recovery


Jeremy Reynolds is racking up points
playing this video game rowing down the river also has an important purpose this
game called recovery Rapids serves as his therapy I had a stroke in January of
2015 and I lost a lot of the use of a right arm and well mainly my right hand
with the constraint induce movement therapy developed at UAB Reynolds uses
his stroke affected side and he’s seen a difference a lot of little things that
you notice as far as just opening the fridge opening doors you know brushing
your hair or putting on clothes things like that you that you noticed you’re
starting to use that hand that more effective hand more than you previously
were Reynolds is part of a multi-site study to test if the at-home therapy
works as well as more traditional methods it’s a way that patients can do
the therapy in their home on their own schedule on their own top a therapist
can keep track of what the patient is doing at home and the software itself
can make changes to actually there’s a lot under the hood in this game so there
is artificial intelligence built into the software so the game senses how the
patient is doing and automatically adjust the level of difficulty to match
the needs that the patient has at that time Reynolds says playing the game
helped him stick with the program I believe it it was just a lot easier for
me to do the video game then it would have been to have a list of exercises to
practice on a daily basis it was a fun way to you know accomplish what I was
trying to do you

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