Scientists at the University Pompeu Fabra lead by ICREA researcher Prof. Paul Verschure have published a study that demonstrates the clinical efficacy of novel approach towards neurorehabilitation of stroke. Using a neuroscience based approach
Verschure team’s innovative use of virtual reality (VR) mobilizes the power of brain plasticity and reorganization to speed up functional recovery after stroke. This study is the first to show that rehabilitation using virtual reality, and in particular the RGS method, has a significant impact on functional recovery, according to standard clinical assessment scales. Hence, this opens up the way for the introduction of this novel technology in clinical practise.
Find the publication here:
Virtual reality based rehabilitation speeds up functional recovery of the upper extremities after stroke: A randomized controlled pilot study in the acute phase of stroke using the Rehabilitation Gaming System.
Mónica da Silva Cameirão, Sergi Bermúdez i Badia Esther Duarte, Paul F.M.J. Verschure
Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Volume 29, Number 5 / 2011
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