Wii Therapy

A couple of weeks ago, we attended b5media‘s party to celebrate their new office space, and I found that the foozball tables of pre-boom tech offices have been replaced by a higher-tech equivalent: the Wii. I scored the high bowling score that night, in spite of having only bowled once in real life in the past 20 years, and everyone found the Wii to be a huge amount of fun. In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, the Wii is so popular because you play the games as if you were playing the real-life version: you bowl imaginary balls and swing imaginary an tennis or golf club with the “Wii-mote” in your hand.

We decided that a Wii would make a great gift for my parents as both a good party game and a bit of light exercise, and after much searching around we found one at Wal-Mart and installed it at our place so that we could make sure that everything worked properly and check via our wireless connection for upgrades. Oh yeah, and so we could become pros at all the games.

This past weekend, we took the Wii to my parent’s place and installed it, and had some fun with the games; as predicted, bowling was the big hit, although there were a few others that were popular as well. Dad has a bad shoulder with quite limited movement, and he had to beg off a few games, but I think that there’s been an overall beneficial effect, based on an email from my mom last night:

I think you have found the solution to your dad’s shoulder.  He went to the [physio]therapist today and she was pleased and said there was more movement in the shoulder.  He told what he had been doing, bowling, and she thought the game was so much fun and thought that maybe that was the answer…Will see what a daily round of these games will do for him by month’s end.

Now I just need to figure out how to have the Wii covered by OHIP.

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