American hospital uses gambling machines for therapy
Date: 20-03-2017 | Posted in: News
Gambling machines can be found everywhere in the United States. Especially Las Vegas is heaven for people who love to make a gamble. You can find the machines in restaurants, cafés, at the airport and even in the hospital. The hospital/revalidation centre Health South Rehabilitation recently placed two videopoker machines in their building.
Way to relax
The hospital doesn’t sound like the perfect place for gambling machines. However, gambling can actually be a form of therapy. First of all, it helps the patients to relax. Gambling keeps their mind of the stressful therapy or painful operation they undergo in the hospital. More important, the video poker machines are a way to train cognitive and physical abilities.
Training of the memory
It makes sense, when you think of it. Patients can train their eye-hand coordination when they push the buttons of the video poker machines. At the same time they train their brain by making decisions. They need to keep their impulses under control. Besides that, decision making also trains the working memory. So the gambling machines at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital are not only there to relax, but have a practical function as well.