Minneapolis-based CBS affiliate WCCO reported on October 13 that the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, has been using the Wii in its physical rehabilitation program with tremendous success. The institute calls the program "Wii-hab" and uses the Wii's freeform motion controls as "a safe but realistic way to retrain" the bodies of people suffering from serious injury.
Therapists reported that Wii-hab is working.
"I've seen spinal cord patients really regain the ability to move - gain movement from everything that help them wash their face, brush their teeth, to get in and out of the chair to start a car," said Occupational Therapist Jennifer Smith.
The Sister Kenny Research Center is tracking the results of "Wii-hab" and may report their findings next year.