Virtual Reality and Metaverse Are Redefining Rehabilitation Therapy
This article, How Virtual Reality and the Metaverse are Changing Rehabilitation, was written by Taryn Plumb on 11/15/2022 and originally published on VentureBeat.com.
Dr. Nora Foster, the Executive Director of Northbound Health and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, has experienced the impact of Virtual Reality (VR) in physical therapy first-hand.
“Patients are highly engaged in virtual reality,” she mentioned. “The immersive VR experience encourages and pushes patients to maximize the potential of their rehabilitative therapy.”
As a result, Penumbra has launched the first ever full-body, hands-free, non-tethered VR rehabilitation platform called the REAL System y-Series. It has advanced hardware and sensor technology that allows clinicians to track the full-body movement and progress in real-time. The system consists of a headset and five sensors and can treat both upper and lower extremities with activities such as a patient with balance problems standing on a bosu ball while batting a pufferfish between two penguins, another while seated holding a weighted ball and kicking pinball controls with their feet, or standing on one foot following a footpath on a beach, making a ham-and-cheese sandwich in a food cart, or playing tarot cards.
Adam Elsesser, the CEO of Penumbra, believes this technology will help to make a difference.
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