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Local therapist is using the Wii Fit to heal patients

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Not only is the month of October shared by domestic violence awareness and breast cancer awareness, it is also National Physical Therapy Month. One Wilmington therapist said she is improving her therapy practices with a popular video game. Evelyn Yanowiak sees a physical therapist to treat her Achilles tendonitis, but recent visits have been anything but ordinary. Joan Taylor has gotten Evelyn off the table and up on her feet to play video games. Yes, video games. The Wii Fit to be exact. The Wii Fit is an interactive exercise video game Taylor thought would come in handy for her patients. "It distracts them from thinking more about painful type stuff, but then the therapist can also help modify their movements for reeducation, muscle reeducation basically,” said Taylor. Taylor added that the Wii Fit has helped patients with anything from hip to knee injuries. A balance board is used to help Evelyn strengthen and stretch the tendons in her ankles. "Every time we come and do something for PT we do something different and she said ‘Let's try the Wii.’ It was actually quite more shocking than I thought it would be," said Yanowiak. Taylor said physical therapy has truly evolved over time, and if using video game technology will help heal her patients, she will continue to have them ski or play soccer right in her office. “For me, it's just trying to educate people about the variety of things that physical therapy does. We are bringing in Pilates, inversion tables, the Wii system, and using physio balls. It's just so much more than hot packs, ultra sound and massage, that was a long time ago," Taylor said. "That's why the Wii Fit is out there, so it can teach you different things," Yanowiak said. Only time will tell if Wii Fit can do the trick to relieve Evelyn's pain.

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