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Monday, February 20, 2017

VIRTUAL REALITY AIDS PARKINSON'S DISEASE


18th February 2017 - New research 



Virtual reality (VR) technology has been proposed as a new means of rehabilitating people with Parkinson's Disease that has added value over that of physiotherapy. It potentially optimises motor learning in a safe environment, and by replicating real-life scenarios could help improve functional activities of daily living.

Virtual reality (VR) means experiencing things through computers that don't really exist. It is a believable, and interactive 3D computer-created world that you can explore so that you feel you really are there, both mentally and physically. 

For more information go to : http://www.explainthatstuff.com/virtualreality.html 


Most of the studies intended to improve motor function using commercially available devices were compared with the use of physiotherapy. The interventions lasted for between 4 and 12 weeks. In comparison to physiotherapy, Virtual Reality may lead to a moderate improvement in step and stride length. Virtual Reality and physiotherapy may have similar effects on gait, balance, and quality of life. However, the authors concluded that there was low-quality evidence of a positive effect of short-term Virtual Reality exercise on step and stride length.

Reference : The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [2016] 12 : CD010760 (K.Dock, E.M.Bekkers, V.Van den Bergh, P.Ginis, L.Rochester, J.M.Hausdorff, A.Mirelman, A. Nieuwboer) Complete abstract : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28000926

http://www.viartis.net/parkinsons.disease/news/170218.pdf mail@viartis.net

©2017 Viartis 

http://www.viartis.net/parkinsons.disease/news/170218.pdf

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