9 Benefits of Stroke Rehabilitation with Virtual Reality Gamification

Are you ready to help your stroke patients regain their quality of life? Then keep on reading…

Physical rehabilitation after a stroke can often be a long and hard process. Patients tend to lose motivation and getting them to do high numbers of repetitions can be a big challenge for therapists. However, with the introduction of sensor based systems, physical rehabilitation can be gamified to make the process more engaging and fun for patients. By playing games that require physical movement of their injured limbs, your patients will be able to regain their range of motion, improve their coordination and get their life back in a fun, motivating way.

In this post, we will show the main 9 reasons why you should use virtual reality systems for gamification of physical rehabilitation with your patients:

  1. Motivating environment – the gaming system will offer your patients an environment where they will feel more encouraged to perform therapy and will be able to achieve better results.
  2. It’s fun– your patients will engage in virtual tasks which are more interesting and enjoyable than doing simple repetitions over and over again.
  3. Monitor progress – keeping track of your patients’ improvement over time will become an easy task that will allow you to adjust the therapy settings to continue to achieve the best results for your patients.
  4. Cognitive training –  patients will don’t just make repetitive movements; they are also stimulating their brains by focusing on the games and solving the scenarios presented.
  5. No need for supervision – some therapy programs are designed to allow the therapist to leave the room, which allows for higher dosage of therapy without increasing levels of staffing in your clinic.
  6. Customizable – you will be able to adapt the gaming scenarios to the level of difficulty and recovery stage of each patient.
  7. Safety – patients can improve their arm function and activities of daily living in a completely safe environment.
  8. Controlled environment – as a clinician you can test tasks that would be potentially dangerous if they were performed in real life, such as cutting fruit with a knife.
  9. No adverse effects – your patients will not be at risk of experiencing any side effects.

To put it in fewer and simpler words: by implementing sensor based rehabilitation systems in your clinic you will be able to offer your patients the best available rehabilitation treatments to help them recover their quality of life at a faster pace and without losing motivation.

At Kinestica we are specialized in manufacturing sensor based rehabilitation systems for clinical use in the area of neurological rehabilitation, occupational and physical therapy, which is why we encourage you to visit the following links to learn more about our unique arm rehabilitation and balance training systems.