Preliminary Results Show That Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Benefit from Semi-immersive Virtual Reality Cognitive Training

Conventional physiotherapy, which includes muscle-strengthening exercises, static and dynamic balance activities, and gait training, is highly important for those suffering from spinal cord injury.  From a rehabilitation point of view, such therapy prevents complications such as muscle atrophy, pressure ulcers, and deterioration of the autonomic nervous system.  The latest technological developments in this field, virtual reality (VR) systems, are finding their way into healthcare facilities.  They provide intensive, repetitive, and task-oriented exercises.  Are they effective?  This recent study observes a significant improvement in global cognitive functions.

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