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Wii-hab comes to Ridgefield Physical Therapy



Thu, Mar 24th, 2011

Ridgefield Press March 3, 2010

The Nintendo Wii entertainment system has brought physical activity to the world of video games, and now a local clinic is bringing that fun to their treatments.  Ridgefield Physical Therapy has incorporated this new technology, spicing up their patients’ treatment with “Wii-hab.”

Ridgefield Physical Therapy owner, Chuck Giordano, first saw the [KC1] gaming system used as a rehab device at the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association annual conference.  He saw the potential for his therapists to use the tool to provide individualized treatment in a safe and motivating fashion.

Not only are the programs fun and engaging but they have been proven to be effective in patient care.  Initial studies have shown patients improve in strength, balance and function after training with the Wii. “Our staff has seen good results thus far in our clinic in a wide variety of patients” said Giordano. “We know certain patients can benefit from the added functionality which the Wii can bring to their exercise programs, and we carefully apply this new method which can lead to improved outcomes,” adds Giordano.

Sam Powell, a senior physical therapy student from New England University, is currently completing his internship with Ridgefield Physical Therapy, and can attest to the program’s effectiveness. Sam completed his senior research project on the use of the Wii in rehabilitation and found several programs to be effective in training leg muscles.

The therapists at Ridgefield Physical Therapy have been very creative in the use of the Wii.  They have enhanced the benefits of the Wii specific exercise programs by adding challenging therapeutic equipment such as foam blocks, gym balls and resistance equipment. “Another plus is that many people have the Wii at home” said Giordano.  “If we prescribe beneficial exercises that patients can reproduce at home, that are also fun, they are more likely to be compliant and will see improvements faster.”

Hospitals, nursing homes, and other rehab centers have recently adopted “Wii-hab” to treat a wide range of diagnoses in all age groups.  The versatility of the tool allows it to appeal to children, adults and seniors - injecting fun and activity into their rehabilitation programs.

While “Wii-hab”is a new idea in physical therapy, it aligns with Ridgefield Physical Therapy’s core philosophy.  “Our number one priority is helping our patients regain and maintain their highest level of activity,” said Giordano “the Wii is helping us make injury prevention and rehabilitation a more dynamic and enjoyable process”.

About Ridgefield Physical Therapy

Opened in 2002 by owner Chuck Giordano, Ridgefield Physical Therapy provides the community with the highest level of care to treat movement dysfunctions and promote physical health and well being. Ridgefield Physical Therapy maintains a highly qualified staff and utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and equipment in a professional, compassionate, friendly and relaxing environment.  For more information please visit our website www.ridgefieldphysicaltherapy.com or call (203) 438-1898.

Ridgefield Physical Therapy patient Sally Hahn works with owner Chuck Giordano using the Wii system in her individualized therapy program.
Ridgefield Physical Therapy patient Sally Hahn works with owner Chuck Giordano using the Wii system in her individualized therapy program.

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