Recovering Stroke Through Virtual Reality Technique

Sports Physical Therapy has been gaining a lot of attention these days as a lot of sports enthusiasts are experiencing pain and injury from time to time. People suffer from injuries and tremendous and can even result to much harmful disability like stroke.

In the United States, stroke is the fifth cause of death and is also one of the leading causes of impairment among people in the country. A lot of people who already experienced stroke have reduced their muscle strengths on one side of their bodies. When these affected or paralyzed limbs are not used for a prolonged period of time, this will lead to further disability. Today however, researchers say that through virtual reality, stroke patients are able to regain the strength of the parts of their bodies that were impaired.

The researchers

The team of researchers was led by Belen Rubio of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain. They published a clinical pilot study which can be accessed through the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. The team noted that the non-use of limb is quite common among stroke patients and that this bad practice will furthermore reduce the quality of life.

The lead doctor said that there is a great need for designing new strategies in rehabilitation in order to promote the use of the limb that was affected with stroke. The affected limb should be brought back to its shape and then get back to perform daily tasks. Most of the time therapists neglect the outstanding contribution of the emotional and psychological state of the patients in recovering and regaining back their confidence.

Virtual reality technique

Using the so called “Rehabilitation Gaming System” with the help of a Microsoft Kinect sensor, the patients who underwent the virtual reality technique were successful in controlling a virtual body using their own movements and which comes from the perspective of a first-person.

Stroke facts:

– Stroke will occur when a certain blood vessel is blocked, considerably denying some part of the brain of oxygen.

– Every year, at least 700,000 Americans suffer recurrent or new stroke.

– It is estimated that Americans pay at least $73 billion five years ago for stroke related disability.

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