Virtual reality helps stroke patients use weakened limbs


“Virtual reality could help stroke patients recover by “tricking” them into thinking their affected limb is more accurate than it really is.

Researchers in Spain found that making the affected limb appear more effective on screen increased the chance the patient would use it in real life.

This is important because stroke victims often underuse their affected limbs, making them even weaker.

A stroke charity welcomed the study and called for more research.”

By BBC News Health
Image: Belén Rubio Ballester

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More information: The visual amplification of goal-oriented movements counteracts acquired non-use in hemiparetic stroke patients, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2015 –