“Those with dementia in northern England have begun test-driving [a] revolutionary rehabilitation system to help with their condition – throwing them into a futuristic world where they can fight sharks, drive high-speed cars and try downhill skiing.
A specialist brain charity in Salford has installed the contraption – which is called Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment. The CAREN device, the first of its kind to be used by the public in the UK.
The charity, BASIC, says the machine is already helping patients both physically and mentally. The aim is to test the long-term benefits. It is also being used to support stroke victims and people recovering from brain injuries.”
By Dean Kirby for The Independent
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“Basildon Hospital has enlisted the help of high-tech virtual reality to help patients living with debilitating conditions such as spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s and Multiple scelrosis.
Basildon is one of only three hospitals in the country to offer the VirtualRehab therapy and the first in east of England.
The specially-designed software tracks 25 different joints in the body and is proved to greatly benefit people with a range of head and spinal injuries, as well as those recovering from a stroke.”
By Emma Palmer at Braintree and Witham Times
Read more: www.braintreeandwithamtimes.co.uk/news/14373032.Basildon_is_the_first_hospital_in_the_east_of_England_to_offer_high_tech_virtual_reality_therapy_for_patients/?ref=erec