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August 29, 2011 at 3:15 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Modern Day Therapy

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Game for Gain Blog Series

For any of those who have been through physical therapy, you know how painful the process can be. Physical therapy can sometimes be like relearning how to use the injured area and can lead to some intense frustration when you know that you were able to perform the simple action before, but just can't seem to get it right now. This frustration can lead a lot to quit and just accept where they are at, which usually leads to re-injuring the area and having to repeat the process. Thanks to some amazing new interactive tech, this may never happen again.

Researchers in Edmonton recently unveiled a multi-million dollar rehabilitation system that will change the face, and reputation, of the once hated exercise routine. Patients strap themselves into a harness that prevents any fall injuries and allows for added security and comfort during the therapy. They then step onto a moving platform that is controlled by the therapist so all the movements that need working on are hit during the exercise. They face a massively large, movie theater type screen, pick their peripheral of choice (tool they will be using during the exercise) and then begin to be rehabilitated. Patients can choose driving exercises, shooter type games and a plethora of others.

This rehabilitation technique is being used heavily to help troops returning from the war get used to the new prosthetics they have been fit with and is said to be in development to help treat PTSD. The rehabilitation has been so successful that it has found its way into every day rehabilitation as well, treating basic running injuries all the way to arthritis pains.

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