SOURCE: Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy

February 18, 2013 06:00 ET

Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn: Physical Therapy and Technology Partner to Improve Services Provided to Veterans

Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, Physical Therapy Professional, Sheds Light on the Way in Which Video Games Can Actually Contribute to Physical Health and Wellbeing

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 18, 2013) - Video games have, over the years, become somewhat synonymous with a sedentary lifestyle and the obesity epidemic that has, some may argue, swept the nation. But the leading developers of video game technology have made the changes necessary to their consoles to keep up with the public's growing interest in an increased activity level and personal health. As such, reports TheVerge.com in a recent article, this technology has actually been integrated into physical therapy programs. Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, comments on the value that these video game consoles can bring to a well-designed physical therapy treatment plan.

The article reports: "If all goes as planned, Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor camera will be used to help provide physical therapy for injured soldiers and veterans. According to Defense News, the company is working with the Air Force and the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center to create a therapy system that utilizes the camera, a standard PC, and off-the-shelf software."

The implications of this report are clear: the Microsoft Kinect is seen as a resource that can assist in the physical therapy treatments of members of the armed forces. More specifically, the article explains, the relatively low-cost Kinect can allow individuals who live geographically far from Veterans Affairs medical facilities to still take advantage of the benefits that physical therapy offers without having to trek to the nearest hospital or other healthcare center for their treatments.

"At Metro Physical Therapy, we have been using the Nintendo Wii for our 'Wii-habilitation' program with great results," asserts Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional. "Microsoft's Kinect is another great platform for simulated exercise for patients of all ages. I am a strong believer in the importance of creating exercise programs that are enjoyable. Plus, it feels great to play games, it makes almost all of us feel like kids again!"

Glasser-Mayrsohn believes that, if used properly, this technology can make physical therapy easier and more enjoyable -- which means that more people will be likely to follow through with the recommended exercises. As such, she strongly encourages professionals in this field to consider the value of video games and how they can best be integrated into their own treatment plans.

ABOUT:

Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, established Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy in 1982. Through her dedication, Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, provides a high quality of care to patients who require a diverse list of treatments. Specifically, she is committed to offering seniors throughout the community the services they need to age actively and enhance their overall wellbeing. As such, Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, physical therapy professional, shares geriatric services that pertain to wellness, Pilates, yoga, fall prevention, balance training, tai chi, and more.

Glasser-Mayrsohn earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Additionally, she earned a master of science in orthopedic physical therapy from The Institute of Graduate Health Sciences.