Wii aids Rochdale amputees

By Will Astbury

Rochdale amputees are using the Nintendo Wii to improve their balance and stability.

The group meet once a week at Callaghan House, Heywood, to take part in an exercise course which improves stability and strength.

The aim of the course is to help people get used to life after having an amputation by getting fitter and making friends.

Lead Physiotherapist for Amputee Rehabilitation Sharon Wright told Rochdale Online that she often works with patients for up to two years so it is good to find new ways of keeping them interested in exercise.

She said the Wii sessions, which take place every Thursday, are a good way of getting amputees to gain independence and meet people who understand their situation.

Seventy-one-year-old Alan Carouthers, who is a five-month veteran of the Wii sessions, said the Wii Fit is great challenge and that the slalom and football games had helped with his balance, as well as being great fun.

Alan reiterated that it was important for amputees to be around people who know how they feel and that the sessions can really build confidence and boost moral.

The Wii was bought for the group by Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Community Healthcare using money donated from Joining Hands, a charity.

Greater Manchester Amputee Support Group supports amputees and their families. The group can be contacted via Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust on 01706 652800.

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