After a stroke, many patients lose the use of one of their hands, making everyday tasks a struggle. Researchers at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have developed a new video game that forces patients undergoing rehabilitation to use the side of their body affected by the stroke.
The scientists use a common game console to develop an uncommon approach to rehab. In the comfort of their homes, patients wear a glove with sensors on their affected hand, which they use to control the game. A mitt covers their healthy hand to prevent them from using it. They paddle an avatar down a river, picking up litter and fending off bats along the way. According to the researchers, it’s proven more effective than regular therapies, especially in the long term—and it’s also more exciting.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.