Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Virtual Stroke Rehabilitation

A cross-functional team of researchers from the University of Ulster's Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute and School of Computing and Information Engineering have won a Northern Ireland Healthcare Award for their work using virtual reality to help stroke patients regain the use of their upper limbs.

The program's focus on the upper limbs is unique -- 30-66% of stroke survivors never regain the use of their affected arm. Most rehabilitation programs focus on restoring mobility. The virtual reality system provides a low cost, highly stimulative environment for people to do the highly repetitive excercises on their own, receiving stimulation and feedback from the device, a visor/helmet and glove.

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