Recovery after a stroke: a virtual way

Health And Medical Video: Using Virtual Reality To Help In Stroke Recovery (January 2019).


Restoration after a stroke, namely improvement of motor functions of hands, possibly with the help of various high-tech devices.

It turns out that physiotherapy is much more successful if it is supplemented with various modern technical devices, such as 3D glasses, robotic gloves, and games with a player tracking system.

Using these high-tech devices for recovery after a stroke can improve the strength and motor activity of the whole arm much faster and more efficiently.

Recovery after a stroke with computer games

Researchers at the McGill School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at Montreal, Canada have studied the results of five studies on rehabilitation of patients after a stroke. Age-stroke patients ranged from 26 to 88 years.

It turned out that in those patients whose rehabilitation took place with the participation of virtual technologies, impaired motor functions were recovered almost 5 times faster and more efficiently than patients with the background of traditional physiotherapy.

Such therapy includes, for example, playing on a virtual piano with the help of special robotic gloves or catching simulated beetles in 3D glasses.

"This technology is very pleasing to the patients, because it makes them think creatively. As a result, they are working to restore the disturbed functions more persistently and persistently," says lead researcher Professor Mindy Levin. She explains that the whole thing is in the plasticity of the structures of the brain that have the ability to rebuild. That is what virtual therapy is doing.

Various studies show that after stroke, 55-75% of patients develop motor disorders of varying degrees of severity, such as paralysis, muscle weakness and coordination impairment. Despite the fact that physiotherapy and occupational therapy helps patients to cope with these disorders, improvements are usually quite moderate.

More and more works suggest that the brain has a great potential for recovery after injury. However, to achieve these goals, high-intensity recurring activities are required, which can not be achieved through traditional rehabilitation measures. And here it is, according to Professor Levin, and they come to the scene of technology of virtual reality, which can effectively help the patient in the most friendly and acceptable form for him.

Research results of Canadian scientists were published in the journal Stroke.

Recovery after a stroke: a virtual way
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