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Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR


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A virtual reality avatar.

University of Warwick researchers combined virtual reality with three-dimensional motion-capture technology to help patients perform physiotherapy exercises at home.

Credit: University of Warwick News & Events

Researchers at the Warwick Manufacturing Group of the U.K.’s University of Warwick have combined virtual reality (VR) with three-dimensional motion-capture technology to help patients perform physiotherapy exercises at home.

The researchers asked participants to step in time with an avatar viewed through a VR headset, while subtly slowing or speeding up one of the avatar's steps.

Observations showed that participants had difficulty keeping time when only presented with visual information, while the addition of footsteps allowed participants to accurately maintain pace with the avatar.

Said Warwick's Theo Arvanitis, "Our work and digitally-enabled technological solution can underpin transformative health innovations to impact the field of physiotherapy, and have a direct benefit to patients' rehabilitation."

From University of Warwick News & Events
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