Exergaming in Bethesda
Externally-Focused Exercise That Helps Reduce Pain
At Bethesda Physiocare®, exercise is always individualized, challenging, and – most importantly – fun. With research enlightening more on the efficacy of exergaming on physical health and functional outcomes, it’s no surprise that more people are turning to this method for recovery and rehabilitation.
Exergaming, a combination of “exercise” and “gaming,” has been proven to be more enjoyable and effective than traditional exercise. By switching to an external focus of control (targets/tasks/games), a greater improvement in motor learning and performance has been shown than compared to conventional methods.
What to Expect in Our Exergaming Treatment
Physical therapists at Bethesda Physiocare® are changing the game when it comes to exercise and physical rehabilitation. Our team has worked to adapt the principles of the motor learning theories, such as Optimizing Performance through Intrinsic Motivation and Attention for Learning (OPTIMAL). To summarize its overall goal, the OPTIMAL approach enhances expectancies and results when performing specific movement skills. In simple terms, patients are engaged and having fun without realizing they are performing rehabilitation! Our clinic utilizes various LED targets, virtual reality, motion tracking, and real-time feedback to make patients feel more like they are in an arcade than a PT office. By combining the OPTIMAL model with current concepts of pain neuroscience and biomechanics, our team has revolutionized exercise and physical rehabilitation, especially for individuals suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Dysautonomia.
Our therapists have been invited to present this innovative form of exercise at conferences worldwide. This has included the EDS Global Conference and many continuing education conventions for physical therapy. Additionally, Dr. Jan Dommerholt and Dr. Nathan Mayberry teach Exergaming – A Innovative Pain Management Approach at our international headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Our clinic’s program is used for the treatment of all kinds of orthopedic and neurological impairments, including:
- Balance problems
- Joint instability
- Range of other motion limitations.
Our experienced physical therapists are specifically interested in exergaming to help our hypermobile patients improve joint stability and proprioception. Many who have failed to progress using “traditional PT” see significant improvements with us in their pain and function after a few weeks of beginning our externally-focused exercise program. Exergaming can also be paired with other treatments we serve, such as sports injury physical therapy, to give you the best rehabilitation results for your needs.
Don’t Wait and Get Started Today with Bethesda Physiocare®
You don’t have to wait any longer to treat your chronic pain. Our exergaming treatment and other services can help you get back into moving and feeling better than ever with our expert physicians and equipment.