A virtual reality device developed by a Japanese startup is transforming rehabilitation. Patients wear the device and play games that require them to move their upper bodies. Facilities that have introduced the device have seen significant improvement in stroke and other patients. There have also been reports that say combining VR with therapy has improved symptoms in depression patients. The mechanism behind VR's effects is unknown, but we look at its potential to improve medicine.
A patient undergoes VR rehabilitation with guidance from a physical therapist
This doctor developed the VR rehabilitation device
VR rehabilitation enabled this cerebral palsy patient to walk using crutches
A woman suffering from depression undergoes therapy using VR