Virtual reality for gait rehabilitation - Promises, proofs and preferences

Wendy Powell, Vaughan Powell, Maureen Simmonds

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Abstract

Improving walking speed and quality after illness or injury presents a number of challenges, not least of which is keeping patients engaged with therapy which they may find boring or painful. The rapidly developing area of virtual reality offers technology which can track users movements and use them to drive interactions in virtual worlds. This paper examines the potential of virtual reality to ameliorate pain and to improve rehabilitation adherence and outcomes. The role of hardware and software in mediating movement is discussed, and key elements identified which may have a significant effect on optimising VR systems for rehabilitation outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450327466
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event7th ACM International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2014 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 27 May 201430 May 2014

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume2014-May

Conference

Conference7th ACM International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2014
CountryGreece
CityRhodes
Period27/05/1430/05/14

Keywords

  • Rehabilitation
  • Virtual reality
  • Walking

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