VR Stroke Recovery

VR technology may be used for more than simply games. It has been demonstrated to be beneficial in a range of uses, ranging from combat training to the treatment of anxiety disorders and phobias to functioning as an art form. Stroke Rehabilitation is another major avenue where virtual reality has demonstrated a lot of potential.

Stroke is a neurodegenerative condition that is the leading cause of disability globally, owing to musculoskeletal, cognitive, and sensory complications. Balance problems in stroke survivors increase the chance of falling, and physiotherapy is critical to reducing this risk. Virtual reality (VR) has proven to be a suitable alternative to traditional physiotherapy (CT) since it provides immersive surroundings and multisensory inputs to train balance in patients with stroke.

Understanding Stroke, its symptoms and after-effects : 

A block to the cerebral blood flow causes an illness in the central nervous system. Stroke occurs due to the obstruction (ischemic stroke) or burst (hemorrhagic stroke) of a cortical major artery. When there is an injury to the brain cortex, afferent and efferent nerve networks are disrupted, impairing motor, sensory, and cognitive functioning. Various studies have recognised stroke as the primary cause of impairment and the third leading cause of death in contemporary western nations, after only cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Signs of Stroke:

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there were an estimated 20,200 males and 18,400 females who suffered from a stroke, heart and other vascular diseases in 2018.

  1. Stroke events were higher in males than females and increased with age. They were most common in the age group of 85 or above the age (2,150 per 100,000 population).
  2. This was more than double the incidence of the 75–84-year-old age group (900 per 100,000 population). Nearly 6 times the rate of the 65–74-year-old age group (360 per 100,000 population)
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Effects of Stroke: 

Motor and cognitive abnormalities seen in post-stroke victims diminish their functional capacity, individual freedom, and social capacities, resulting in intensive care and therapy demands as well as a financial burden on society and families. Postural Instability is a core sensorimotor symptom in neurodegenerative illnesses such as stroke, with roughly 83% of stroke patients having balance problems. 

To maintain the upright posture, kinesthetic, visual and sensory neurones carry signals to the central nervous system. Thus, faults in the core organisation of this information might cause locomotion problems, increasing the risk of falling. Moreover, stroke survivors have a number of neuropsychological difficulties such as ocular neglect, sensory loss, diminished muscular strength, and stiffness, which further increases the chance of falling 1.5–2 times in post-stroke individuals compared to older persons without such symptoms. 

Due to the extra effects of falls in patients with stroke, fractures, tissue destruction, paralysis, and psychological phobia of falling emerge. Additionally, prolonged hospitalisation owing to injurious falls tends to be detrimental to patient rehabilitation. 

Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery VR

The objective of stroke rehabilitation is to restore independence and enhance the quality of life. This procedure frequently uses Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy. In case of a brain injury, patients must relearn their abilities.

Stroke patients are trying to take advantage of virtual reality technologies like Recovery VR. VR therapy allows patients to perform critical everyday behaviours, form new neural synaptic connections, and boost their confidence.

The degree of stroke consequences and each patient’s capacity to recover is different. There is an increasing number of heart, stroke and vascular disease survivors utilising immersive therapy to relearn their motor skills. Virtual Reality mobile applications designed by the Recovery VR ecosystem challenge key areas of rehabilitation. These apps are designed keeping in mind the various neurological and physiological needs of patients who suffer from Stroke.

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If you are interested in finding out more about how Recovery VR can help you with your rehabilitation, get in touch with us by calling 0415 736 939 or requesting a free demo on our website.

About the author : Christian

Christian Doran is a technologist and creator.

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