Playing Video Games Can Help Stroke Survivors with Motor Disability

Researchers from St. Michaelai??i??s Hospital have found that playing video games can improve the motor functions of stroke patients by five times in comparison to the patients recovering from the attack through standard treatments.

The results of the study are published in the April 2011 edition of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The findings are going to affect 55-75 percent of stroke survivors who experience motor issues in their arms.

The experts believe that playing video games can be a promising, enjoyable and effective technique for treating motor problems. Existing remedies like occupational therapy and physiotherapy are partially effective in meeting their objective.

Video games help the brain in remodeling itself after getting hurt by making new connections of the nerve cells. The process is called neuroplasticity.

The results of the study were arrived at by examining patients who experienced mild to moderate strokes. Further research can be carried out on this topic to include patients with severe cases as well.

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