Computer games against Parkinson's disease

American study has shown that specially designed computer games can have a therapeutic effect and relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Scientists from the University of California in conjunction with the company-developer of computer games have conducted studies on the possible impact of special games on patients with Parkinson's disease.

Unlike traditional popular games, special computer games aimed at the implementation of certain movements.

Evidence-based physical movements in these games should have a similar effect, and with physical therapy to help people with functional damage caused by the disease.

These games improve motor coordination in patients with Parkinson's disease and impaired symptoms such as tremor, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness.

The games were considered exercise and movement, which have a positive effect on the symptoms of the disease in previous studies.


Therapeutic games include several levels of difficulty, so that doctors could prescribe

a certain level, depending on the patient's condition.

During the game, the patients had to perform certain movements at a certain speed to increase the score.If the patient could cope with the assigned level of difficulty, then he moved to the higher, which brought even greater therapeutic effect.So while an interesting game in parallel, patients improved coordination, gait and balance.

In the study, 20 people took part in Northern California, suffering from Parkinson's disease.Participants played the therapeutic games three times a week for 12 weeks.As a result, 65% of participants increased stride length, 55% increased walking speed, and 55% reported an improvement of balance.

game as therapy

Equally notable positive findings allow scientists to count on further developments in this direction.Perhaps in the near future, treatment of symptoms and signs of Parkinson's disease and other diseases with the help of the games become real.

In the future, computer games can be really useful, and disease therapy - interesting and exciting.

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