What’s the main problem of current physical therapy? The therapy is boring and painful so that patients are not able to follow the prescription to do repetitive movements for recovery. As a result, patients need more time to recover. Most of the patients feel boring, frustrating, and confusing for the exercise.
However, Mihaiu declared that video game can fix this problem by making the exercise more interesting and engaging.
When he was a child, he climbed a tree but fell from the tree and broke his arm. At first, his physical therapist worked with him, but then it’s up to him to do the exercises at home. At that time, he thought doing repetitive movements was boring, so he barely did it. As a result, he had to have another six weeks to regain the range of movement lost due to the injury.
In order to fix this problem, Mihaiu created a software — MIRA to make physical therapy interesting and engaging. This software is a platform where physicians are able to change prescription for physical exercises to digital video game. On this platform therapists can easily program video games in accordance with different needs from various patients. By making the physical extension and flexion more interesting, patients feel more engaged and more confident so that they are more likely to do the exercise.
In addition to the customization, this software also has three different categories targeting at different patients: children, adult, and senior. Most importantly, this platform provides data collected during patient’s exercise. The gathered data not only gives patients a sense of achievement, but provides valuable information for the physical therapist to adapt patient’s treatment.
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