May 13, 2008 11:00 ET

Wii-HAB: How Video Games Are Revolutionizing Injury Rehabilitation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Injury rehabilitation is often a long and difficult process. The strenuous physical and mental demands combined with the tedious and repetitive prescribed exercises can wear away at a patient's motivation and compromise compliance. That's why the chiropractors at the(clinic) designed the rehabilitation facilities in their practice to focus on the Nintendo Wii video game system. According to Dr. Rhuel Maano, President and Co-founder of the(clinic), the Wii's movement-detecting wireless controllers which allow for interactive game-play have proven to be an invaluable tool in helping patients effectively recover from injuries in a fun and immersive way.

Dr. Maano says that response from patients to their innovative approach to injury rehabilitation has been overwhelmingly positive. "Patients are much more eager and actually look forward to doing their rehab exercises. They enjoy playing the different games so much that they sometimes forget that they're also working towards recovering from their injuries at the same time. Patients become so absorbed into the game-play that it really helps take their mind off what would otherwise be an uncomfortable or even painful session."

Standard injury rehabilitation exercises are designed to regain a patient's strength and range of motion to pre-injury levels. Unfortunately, they are typically quite boring and patients can lose interest quickly. The entertainment component of Wii-based injury rehabilitation vastly improves patient compliance which is a key factor in ensuring program success. "I've used standard rehabilitation programs in the past and the response I get from patients now is much more enthusiastic. I've never come across a patient who was excited to work with a medicine ball, but everyone loves using the Wii for rehab. Given the choice between stretching an exercise band or playing video games, everyone always picks the video games."

the(clinic) was founded in 2008 by Dr. Rhuel Maano and Dr. Liza Egbogah as Toronto's first and only executive chiropractic practice. Besides chiropractic care, the(clinic) also offers corporate wellness programs, aqua massage therapy, injury rehabilitation, and custom orthotics, all in the heart of Toronto's Financial District.

If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Rhuel Maano, please call him at 416.366.1710 or email him at

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