Video games can improve mobility in stroke patients: Study

After a stroke, also called cerebral infarction, injuries in areas that control attention also cause mobility problems.

Indo-Asian News Service
London, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 6:17PM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 6:17PM
Video games can improve mobility in stroke patients: StudyRepresentational Image

Playing video games may help stroke patients to improve their attention deficit disorders and movement control problems, claimed a new study.

After a stroke, also called cerebral infarction, injuries in areas that control attention also cause mobility problems. 

The study has opened the door to a new therapeutic pathway that consists of complementing the physical treatments received by stroke patients with therapies to overcome attention deficit disorders, such as working with video games.

Previous studies have shown that the control of movement and the attention control aspect were "different systems" with little relation to each other, and that the treatments enabled for the patients with cognitive injuries could not serve for those who had mobility problems.

However, in the new study, the team emphasised that the therapeutic routes that complemented mobility therapies based on physiotherapy with another type of cognitive training can also be effective in increasing the attention span of patients at the same time. 

One example would be working with the video games, the researchers noted.

"Patients with brain injuries in attention control areas also suffer motility control problems, even when the movement required by the task is very simple," said David Soto, Professor at the Imperial College London in the UK.

For the findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explored the extent and location of brain injuries in 167 stroke patients for more than three years.

They identified the affected part and the type and size of the lesion, and analysed the connectivity between the different areas of the brain.

Next, they subjected the patients to various motor tasks, some very simple, such as grabbing an object with force. After the tests, the researchers found that these tasks were "impaired" in those patients who had injuries in the area of the brain "involved" in attention.

The results confirmed that video games could be substituted for a new therapeutic treatment to mitigate the physical ailments suffered by stroke patients. 

Latest News

  1. ED imposes Rs 14.4 lakh penalty on Hurriyat (G) chairman Geelani
  2. ED imposes Rs 14.4 lakh penalty on Hurriyat (G) chairman Geelani
  1. PSO of Anantnag municipality chairman injured in suspected militant attack
  2. PSO of Anantnag municipality chairman injured in suspected militant attack
  1. Shopian gunfight ends, two militant bodies recovered; searches on
  2. Shopian gunfight ends, two militant bodies recovered; searches on
  1. Elect your candidates on promise versus performance basis: Altaf Bukhari to workers
  2. Elect your candidates on promise versus performance basis: Altaf Bukhari to workers
  1. Er Rasheed to fight Lok Sabha polls from Baramulla constituency
  2. Er Rasheed to fight Lok Sabha polls from Baramulla constituency
  1. Policemen hit by stone during clashes in Shopian
  2. Policemen hit by stone during clashes in Shopian
  1. Governor’s grievance cell disposes of 55195 complaints
  2. Governor’s grievance cell disposes of 55195 complaints
  1. New Delhi won’t achieve anything by banning JeI, mass arrests: Sajad Lone
  2. New Delhi won’t achieve anything by banning JeI, mass arrests: Sajad Lone
  1. Friday prayers barred at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, third time this month
  2. Friday prayers barred at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, third time this month
  1. Govt should come out with 'more facts' on Balakot strikes, 'baffled' by PM's reaction: Pitroda
  2. Govt should come out with 'more facts' on Balakot strikes, 'baffled' by PM's reaction: Pitroda
  1. Farooq leads campaigning of alliance candidates in Jammu
  2. Farooq leads campaigning of alliance candidates in Jammu
  1. Hajin Gunfight: Police identifies two slain militants
  2. Hajin Gunfight: Police identifies two slain militants
  1. Pulwama resident allegedly affiliated with Jaish held in south Delhi
  2. Pulwama resident allegedly affiliated with Jaish held in south Delhi
  1. Ten injured in Shopian clashes, one suffers gunshot wound in neck
  2. Ten injured in Shopian clashes, one suffers gunshot wound in neck
  1. Pakistan might discover a very big reserve of oil and gas: PM Imran Khan
  2. Pakistan might discover a very big reserve of oil and gas: PM Imran Khan
  1. India boycotts Pak Day event as Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders invited
  2. India boycotts Pak Day event as Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders invited
  1. Jammu and Kashmir: Four militants, minor boy killed in gunfights in Shopian, Bandipora
  2. Jammu and Kashmir: Four militants, minor boy killed in gunfights in Shopian, Bandipora
  1. Clashes break out near gunfight site in Shopian
  2. Clashes break out near gunfight site in Shopian
  1. Militant killed in ongoing Shopian gunfight: Army
  2. Militant killed in ongoing Shopian gunfight: Army
  1. Two militants, minor boy killed in Hajin gunfight
  2. Two militants, minor boy killed in Hajin gunfight
  1. Mirwaiz placed under house arrest ahead of JRL protest call
  2. Mirwaiz placed under house arrest ahead of JRL protest call
  1. 44 dead after blast rocks industrial park in China
  2. 44 dead after blast rocks industrial park in China
  1. 93 people dead as ferry sinks in Iraq: Minister
  2. 93 people dead as ferry sinks in Iraq: Minister
  1. Sopore resident among two militants slain in Baramulla gunfight; thousands attend last rites
  2. Sopore resident among two militants slain in Baramulla gunfight; thousands attend last rites
  1. Gunfight underway in south Kashmir's Shopian
  2. Gunfight underway in south Kashmir's Shopian
  1. Sopore gunfight: Fresh exchange of fire after nightlong lull
  2. Sopore gunfight: Fresh exchange of fire after nightlong lull
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine