Posted: Apr 9, 2011 10:40 AM by by NBC News posted by Andy Koen
Playing interactive video games may be a good way for stroke survivors to strengthen their arms. Canadian researchers reviewed studies on the effects of video games, such as the Nintendo Wii on stroke survivors. Overall, the patients improved their motor strength and function when they played interactive video games compared to patients who only received standard physical therapy.
The researchers think the key may be the immediate positive reinforcement that patients get from video games along with the multi-sensory aspects of video gaming. It is estimated that between 55 and 75 percent of stroke survivors continue to experience motor deficits that reduce their quality of life.