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Date posted: 07/03/2008
The Nintendo Wii games console is being used as part of physiotherapy treatment for patients in South-East England.
Burns victims and those with hand injuries are being offered spells on the console to boost their recovery.
Playing on a Wii demands a user act out all the physical movements involved in sports such as tennis, golf and boxing.
Specialists say using the Wii brings back flexibility to damaged areas and that most importantly - patients actually enjoy their treatment.
"When recovering from an operation, such as a skin graft, patients may need recover normal use of their hands and arms," said Maureen Adams, head of therapy at Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead.
"Using the Wii is a way of significantly improving movement, while not seeing the activity as therapy, which helps motivate them. Wii can also be done at home, so patients are able to continue their own personal therapies."
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