MapleCare physiotherapy clinic is now providing Virtual Reality Training! Virtual Reality Training is an emerging physiotherapy.tool Being accessible, easier, interesting and effective.
What is Virtual Reality Training (VRT)?
Virtual Reality Training (VRT) is a training of movement and activity in a virtual environment. Using a TV, computer and a camera, a virtual environment has been created using computer technology with which the patient can interact and receive feedback regarding his/her performance. It enables simulated practice of functional task training and is a highly engaging system where game characteristics can be matched to patient goals. It is an interesting and effective therapy tool.
Our physiotherapists assess with care and formulate a personalized training program with due input from the patient according to his/her needs.
Benefits of Virtual Reality Training (VRT):
- It is fun and engaging
- Exercises can be done sitting or standing
- Exercises can be done using an assistive device if needed
- The games are highly engaging, increasing motivation and endurance
- The games and activities can be altered to meet the needs and challenges of each individual
- The game characteristics can be matched to patient goals
- It encourages the patient to do adequate amount of training through interesting games
- The use of virtual reality encourages a high number of exercise repetitions
- VRT aligns well with the principles of motor learning to support rehab goals.
- It can be used as alternative or adjunct to conventional therapy.
It can be used as a therapy tool to address different objectives like
- Increase Standing Time
- Muscle Strength and Endurance
- Postural Control
- Bilateral Co-ordination
- Improve Walking
- Upper Extremity ROM and Endurance
- Fall Prevention
VRT is also an emerging treatment option for post stroke patients being engaging and enjoyable. The Virtual Reality system adapts to patients in all phases of stroke recovery having a list of both challenging games as well as easy ones. In addition, a therapist can guide the patient through the recovery sessions according to the needs of the patient.
MapleCare Physiotherapy Clinic is also working on a study with Bruyere Research Institute on "The clinical application of virtual reality for stroke rehabilitation: A multi-site knowledge translation study."