A computer game which improves and overcomes the physical symptoms of a stroke using circus tricks has been launched as an innovative way of helping people overcome a stroke.
After a stroke, a patient can recover control of the weak arm or hand even after a long time but this requires many months of expert, daily therapy. Providing the support and motivation to enable people to carry out such a demanding programme is costly and difficult and this often limits recovery. This is where the newly-developed suite of computer games called “Circus Challenge” can make a real difference.
This is the first game designed as a therapy to be played at home while still being fun, Newcastle University said. "With our video game, people get engrossed in the competition and action of the circus characters and forget that the purpose of the game is for therapy."