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Use gaming as your physical therapy!

10 Mar 2015

'It sounds like something you’d only ever dream about but you can actually kill that back pain while gaming. Behind this bizarre method is something called Valedo, created by Swiss-based medical company Hocoma.'

Valedo is a pair of sensors paired with an app that helps you train your back to reduce back pain. The sensors feature a 3D gyroscope, 3D accelerometer, plus a 3D magnetometer which use “highly evolved” algorithms. Place a sensor on your chest and the other on your lower back, start up the app and the characters you play in the games are actually controlled by your body. The games are designed with 17 unique movements incorporated into 45 therapeutic exercises. So while you’re reaching to the right or swooping down low during the game, you’re actually treating your back pain.

The program has therapeutic goals which include mobilisation, stabilisation, body control, improvement in movement awareness, stretching, and balance.

But you won’t even know you’re doing all that because the games are quite impressive – for a health app, anyway.

Read the full press review here.

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