Virtual reality is helping people who have strokes regain the use of
their upper limbs.

Patients can practice arm and hand movements in a virtual world, which
can provide a more stimulating environment to relieve the boredom
associated with repetitive tasks.



“Stroke is the most common cause of disability in adults and can lead
to permanent changes in a person’s lifestyle,” says Jacqueline Crosbie
from the University of Ulster, who is leading the research team.



The new technology involves the patient wearing a head-mounted display
that provides a sense of immersion into a virtual world. The patient
also wears a flexible glove and sensors connected to the shoulder for
tracking hand and arm movements in virtual reality. Patients who
practice and focus on specific movements or tasks may increase the
chances of a return to full use of arms and hands, according to
Crosbie.



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