Wii-based Balance Therapy to Improve Balance Function of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Pilot Study

Tarakci D., Ozdincler A. , Tarakci E. , Tutuncuoglu F., Ozmen M.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY SCIENCE, vol.25, no.9, pp.1123-1127, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1589/jpts.25.1123
  • Page Numbers: pp.1123-1127


[Purpose] Cerebral palsy is a sensorimotor disorder that affects the control of posture and movement. The Nintendo (R) Wii Fit offers an inexpensive, enjoyable, suitable alternative to more complex systems for children with cerebral palsy. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacacy of Wii-based balance therapy for children with ambulatory cerebral palsy. [Subjects] This pilot study design included fourteen ambulatory patients with cerebral palsy (11 males, 3 females; mean age 12.07 +/- 3.36 years). [Methods] Balance functions before and after treatment were evaluated using one leg standing, the functional reach test, the timed up and go test, and the 6-minute walking test. The physiotherapist prescribed the Wii Fit activities,and supervised and supported the patients during the therapy sessions. Exercises were performed in a standardized program 2 times a week for 12 weeks. [Results] Balance ability of every patient improved. Statistically significant improvements were found in all outcome measures after 12 weeks. [Conclusion] The results suggest that the Nintendo (R) Wii Fit provides a safe, enjoyable, suitable and effective method that can be added to conventional treatments to improve the static balance of patients with cerebral palsy; however, further work is required.