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Adventure Begins at Home With Constraint-Induced
Movement Therapy Video Game
Researchers at Ohio State are studying new tools that make rehab more engaging
and beneficial to patients. Neurorehabilitation aims to utilize neural plasticity for
the purposes of recovery and development of compensatory strategies following
damage to the central nervous system. Incorporating video game technology and
art through an interactive platform can motivate patients to participate and realize
maximum benefits. Ohio State faculty from the Department of Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation are developing new neurotechnologies that facilitate innovative,
engaging and effective rehabilitation techniques.
Lynne Gauthier, PhD, and a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, computer scientists, an
electrical engineer and a biomechanist developed an in-home, 3-D gaming system
that delivers constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy) to individuals who
suffer from post-stroke hemiparesis. Participants were instructed to play the game in
their homes for a target of 30 hours over the course of two weeks with the weaker
arm and to engage it more in daily activities. Participants played for approximately 17
hours on average and achieved clinically significant motor function gains that were
approximately equivalent to those following in-clinic CI therapy.
Lynne Gauthier, PhD