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Physical Therapy Uses Nintendo Wii

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December 7, 2010

One of the newer advancements in physical therapy treatment is the use of the Nintendo Wii in patient therapy sessions. The McFarland Clinic North Ames Physical Therapy department is the first McFarland location to offer the Wii.

“McFarland Physical Therapy strives to provide the most current treatment options for our patients and the Nintendo Wii is an example of cutting edge technology that can be used to enhance rehabilitation,” said Jill Robinson, DPT, McFarland Clinic physical therapist.


The Wii can be used for almost any diagnosis. Using the Wii can help to enhance functional outcomes by improving balance, gait, range of motion, coordination and proprioception.

The McFarland Physical Therapy department uses the Wii for:
  • Balance disorders
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Generalized strengthening
  • Shoulder, knee and ankle injuries
  • Post-operative rehabilitations
“The Nintendo Wii blends well into our practice model in that it allows therapists to vary treatment making it up-beat and fun while still focusing on functional outcomes,” said Robinson, “Research is still limited on using the Wii in a physical therapy setting but there are two early studies that have shown benefits in motor learning, standing tolerance, rigidity and improved mental health in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.”
For more information about the Nintendo Wii please contact the McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy North Ames location at (515) 956-4970.

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