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Bilateral upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke using a movement-based game controller

Juha M. Hijmans, PhD, et al.


Figure 1. CyWee Z game controller (CyWee Group Ltd; Taipei, Taiwan) incorporated into handlebar. (a) ???Hands vertical??? for exercising radial and ulnar deviation (combined with elbow and shoulder flexion/extension). (b) ???Hands horizontal??? for exercising wrist flexion/extension (combined with elbow and shoulder flexion/extension).

The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of exercises using a movement-based game controller incorporated into a handlebar on arm functioning in people more than 1 year poststroke. Fourteen participants received the intervention, which consisted of playing computer games with the CyWee Z, a movement-based game controller similar to the Nintendo Wii remote, that was incorporated into a handlebar, making bilateral exercises possible. The unaffected side supported and assisted the affected side. The intervention comprised 8 to 10 sessions of 45 to 60 minutes over a period of 2.5 weeks. It can be concluded from this pilot study that upper-limb motor performance of adults with chronic stroke improves with repetitive, game-assisted, self-supported bilateral exercises.

Volume 48 Number 8, 2011
   Pages 1005 — 1014


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Hijmans JM, Hale LA, Satherley JA, McMillan NJ, King MJ. Bilateral upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke using a movement-based game controller. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(8):1005-14.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.06.0109
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