More Games, Less Pain

In this 18 minute video PlatinumParagon discusses research studies around how video games can help in aiding with pain reduction, helping the disabled as well as providing alternative rehabilitation for cancer patients.

I felt this was interesting enough to re-post on my blog given that most people see gaming as just an entertainment platform. Not realizing the psychological and physical aspects that give people pleasure in gaming. This could definitely give incentive to test and see if providing a stimuli or distraction in gaming may help in easing the pain of rehab.

One of the most interesting parts of the video I found was a study done on ICU rehabilitation. To combat ICU-acquired weakness which by the videos definition is “Muscle deterioration due to extended in-bed stay”, a method of in-bed cycling has been used. A study was conducted to see if gameifying the in-bed cycling would provided more efficient rehab participation. A total of 16 participants were used for the study. If only going to the gym was gameified, I’m sure I’d be there on a much more regular basis than I currently go!

The above embedded video links to the YouTube page where I found the video . For more information on the work carried out by PlantinumParagon, they can be found at this website.

Do you believe more studies should be conducted to incorporate video games into more rehabilitation programs? Let me know in the comments as will as which study you found to be most interesting!

6 thoughts on “More Games, Less Pain

  1. This is a very interesting read! If it works why not?


    1. I was thinking the same thing. Definitely a win win for everyone involved.


  2. This is great! When I owed the Wii, I found myself getting active, whether is through Zumba or even playing tennis. Those were great workouts!


    1. Yeah I believe it’s a great idea as well. Gives an alternate, cost effective way to make the pains of physio and rehab a more enjoyable experience.


  3. Interesting! I think the sedentary nature of playing so many games for so long can be bad over time but if used wisely, can definitely help someone be more active or improve! I’m thinking Xbox or the wii.


    1. I also believe as virtual reality becomes more mainstream and cost effective that could also be a route taken to provide alternative means for dealing with pain and creating programs for rehabilitation.


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