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Old 10-18-2010, 06:03 PM
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Default Physiotherapy, Wii Balance Board May Correct Balance and Prevent Falls in MS

Okay, this is a cool pair of studies... and another reason buy a toy (and keep doing PT)! - Dave

October 18, 2010 (Gothenburg, Sweden) Two new studies suggest physiotherapy or even home use of the commercial Wii Balance Board system are viable strategies to improve balance and reduce falls in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

In the first report, researchers led by Neasa Hogan, a PhD candidate from the University of Limerick, Galway, Ireland, report that physiotherapy given either in groups or on a one-on-one individualized basis can significantly reduce the risk, incidence, and overall number of falls for patients with MS.

A second paper, with lead study author Giampaolo Brichetto, MD, PhD, from the AISM Rehabilitation Center in Genoa, Italy, investigated the use of the commercial Wii Balance Board system (Sony) to address the same problem and showed that use of the system resulted in improved scores on the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), with more consistent results than were seen with a traditional rehabilitation program.

The reports were presented here as part of the 15th Conference of Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) program associated with the 26th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

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