How virtual reality facilitates post-stroke rehabilitation

June 5

Specialists of Branch No.3 of the Moscow Scientific and Practical Centre for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine started to use VR technology in post-stroke rehabilitation.

The system continuously monitors a patient's physiological parameters and helps to restore the ability to control body movements in real-time mode. The program has a game controller module.


During rehabilitation, a patient is placed in a virtual environment that is a coast with a dolphin. Each patient does specially selected exercises aimed at overcoming motor and cognitive deficits. A doctor chooses one of the three levels of difficulty, focusing on the affected side of the body. Each training unit has five levels of difficulty for patients with varying dysfunction degrees and forms. Before performing tasks, you can watch a video with instructions.

The program assesses rehabilitation's efficiency and progress, as the system records the position of the maximum limb movement before and after training, as well as movement's  correctness. If the exercises are done successfully, a patient gets points, the so called 'health points'.

According to the observations of experts, virtual reality  used in post-stroke rehabilitation stimulates patients to continue the treatment.


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