A research from St. Michael`s Hospital has indicated that virtual reality and other video games can significantly improve motor function in stroke patients.
Current research suggests effective therapy needs to be challenging, repetitive, task-specific and novel. Video games apply these concepts, helping the brain to heal through a process called neuroplasticity – the brain`s ability to remodel itself after injury by creating new nerve cell connections. "Recovery of motor skill depends on neurological recovery, adaptation, and learning new strategies," said Saposnik. "Virtual reality systems drive neuroplasticity and lead to benefits in motor function improvement after stroke," added Saposnik. The study has been published in the April edition of Stroke : Journal of the American Heart Association. ANI
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