Research by Canadian scientists shows that playing simple card games helps stroke patients with their recovery.
They revealed to the Lancet Neurology that the type of task used for motor rehabilitation might be less relevant, as long as it is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving. The researchers designed their study to test whether virtual reality gaming, which is increasingly being employed as a rehab therapy for stroke patients, is any better than more traditional games for honing upper limb motor skills.
“We all like technology and have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that’s not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology,” Alexis Wieroniey of the UK’s stroke association revealed.
Stroke A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off either by a clot or a bleed. This can cause symptoms such as drooping of the face muscles, slurred speech and numbness and weakness of the arms.