Kaasa is clearly the place to be when it comes to WiiWare firsts. As well as bringing the service its first pelvic floor exercise game, tomorrow the company launches PHYSIO FUN Balance Training as an alternative to lengthy rehabilitation programmes.
Kaasa's tests have included a soft foam surrounding for the board itself, something that obviously won't be included in the WiiWare download. Still, Thomas Claus, from the Dr. Becker health clinic in Germany, had this to say about the software and Balance Board combo:
Especially with the more senior patients, the mat provides a higher degree of safety and reduces the inhibition threshold. It enables us to recommend and utilize the Wii Balance Board for aftercare treatment once rehabilitation has been completed.
The press release below explains more about the unique potential of this software, hopefully justifying its pricetag at 2,000 Wii Points. We'll be reviewing this one next week.
Balancing act: Wii Shop Channel exclusively presents PHYSIO FUN Balance Training on 10 September 2010
DÜSSELDORF – 03 September 2010 – a good message for all patients who have had to go through a frequently monotonous rehabilitation program in the past: on 10 September 2010, for a mere 2000 Wii Points™ (approximately 20 Euro), the PHYSIO FUN Balance Training will appear exclusively in the Wii Shop (Channel)! The special training and testing software, which has been developed by Kaasa Health GmbH of Düsseldorf, helps you complete the important but frequently monotonous balancing exercises in a playful manner and in doing so it ensures that you remain motivated.
In addition to this, because of the low purchase price, PHYSIO FUN Balance Training is also ideally suited as a recommendation by physiotherapists and rehabilitation centres. Instead of using expensive specialised equipment, PHYSIO FUN Balance Training is an entertaining way to provide exercises for post-operative patients, such as those with foot, knee or hip complaints.
What is more, the graphically diversified presentation leaves no room for boredom, and the daily training units become a real experience. In the so-called “Fun-Mode”, the whole family can demonstrate and improve its sense of balance and dexterity.
By means of the Balance Training, you are able to change the Wii Balance Board™ into a fully functional force platform and thus can measure your body’s centre of gravity over time. The Physio Fun Fitness Mat is placed around the Wii Balance Board, thus enlarging the surface. It provides an appropriate platform for risk-free training in addition to increasing both the safety for all players as well as the number of possible applications.
The extension for the Wii Balance Board is already being used in the daily routine of clinical life: “Especially with the more senior patients, the mat provides a higher degree of safety and reduces the inhibition threshold. It enables us to recommend and utilize the Wii Balance Board for aftercare treatment once rehabilitation has been completed," said Thomas Claus, from the Dr. Becker Klinikgesellschaft in Nümbrecht, explaining his experiences with the PHYSIO FUN Fitness Mat.