Video games are proving to be a worthwhile investment, especially if you suffer from multiple sclerosis. According to Ruchika Prakash, an assistant professor of psychology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, "individuals with MS have a lot of balance issues and vertigo problems. There's numbness in the extremities…And then there's spasticity, or the stiffness of the muscles, as a result of which the movement of the joints becomes challenging, becomes restricted.”
Ruchika Prakash and her colleagues at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study regarding the effects of the game Dance Dance Revolution on MS patients.
One such patient was Tracy Blackwell, 51, who was diagnosed with MS in 2001 at age 39. The mother of three was forced to retire because of extreme fatigue and her physical being unable to perform the required duties. She tried everything, medications and injections until her doctor recommended she participate in the Dance Dance Revolution Study at OSU.
Blackwell is a testament to the game's positive effects on MS patients. She proudly describes the changes she's undergone since participating in the study, “before I participated in the study, I'd say I walked maybe to the mailbox – and that's not very far – and now I walk a half a mile every day, and I do DDR ('Dance Dance Revolution') every day.”
Video games have come a long way. As evidenced here they can be used to help you get fit as well as gain control of your motor functions. Video games can also help with balance. The best part is it does all of that without feeling like work.