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Virtual Reality In Rehabilitation And Therapy

You may hear about Virtual Reality as a part of the entertainment, however, in fact, it can be used for medical purposes too.

Imagine your rehabilitation and physical therapy sessions in a game. Entertaining, right?

In this article, you are going to know how we can use Virtual Reality in rehabilitation and therapy.

What are Virtual Reality Devices?

Virtual Reality Headsets (VR) are devices that can be worn on heads and cover your eyes, so you can feel as if you are a part of the game.

The VR headsets contain screens, and most of them contain earpieces to supply auditory input and give you an integrated experience.

They have the ability to block the outside world and separate you completely, as they also simulate your moves.

Benefits of Virtual Reality in rehabilitation and therapy

Virtual Reality Devices can also be used in rehabilitation and physical therapy.

As the journey of rehabilitation and physical therapy could be somehow challenging, Virtual Reality can motivate you to stick to your rehabilitation.

Virtual Reality Devices have the ability to reduce stress levels and make your physical therapy easier, and more interesting.

Uses of Virtual Reality in rehabilitation and therapy

There are many medical conditions that can benefit from Virtual Reality such as the following:

1- Neurological Conditions:

People with neurological disorders may be suffering from arm impairments or difficulties in walking and balance.

In this case, using Virtual Reality Devices could be a helpful way of improving their balance and coordination in the upper or lower extremities, especially in the following cases:

⦿Stroke.
⦿Spinal cord injury.
⦿Cervical myelopathy.
⦿Multiple Sclerosis.
⦿Parkinson’s Disease.

2- Vestibular Rehab and balance system:

The main function of the Vestibular system is to coordinate the movements of your head and your positions with your eye movements.

Vertigo and trouble staying upright can occasionally result from a vestibular system disorder.

Gaze stabilization exercises can help in relearning your body the required proper head and eye movements to keep the upright position.

Virtual Reality Devices can help in creating situations to challenge the Visual System.

They are very useful in the following conditions:

⦿Balance problems.
⦿Vertigo and Dizziness.
⦿Motor dysfunctions.

3- Orthopedic Conditions:

Virtual Reality Devices can help people with pain in their shoulders, and balance problems after an ankle sprain, or knee surgery, for example. They may enjoy a Virtual Reality rehabilitation and physical therapy session.

VR sessions are very helpful in the following conditions:

⦿Shoulder Pain.
⦿Chronic pain management.
⦿After hip, knee, or ankle surgery.

Looking for the best Physical therapy?

Hands of Hope is here to provide all our clients with the best rehabilitation and physical therapy services, including Virtual Reality Rehabilitation NYC.

Our goal is to transform hope into permanent recovery, whatever the challenge is.

Our team sets specific treatment plans for your physical progress, so don’t hesitate to contact us, to know more about our services.

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