VR4MS - Cash Grab
Upper body rehab can be monotonous and boring. As a result, patients rarely keep up the exercises required to help them fully. In an attempt to help, this test experience is designed to gamify rehab, making it fun, repeatable, and show demonstrable results.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can have a profound impact on a person's quality of life, particularly when it comes to physical function. One area that is often affected is upper body movement, which can make simple tasks like getting dressed, cooking, or even brushing teeth, challenging. However, recent advancements in technology have led to possibility of what Swedish and MXT have developed, a virtual reality (VR) upper body rehab experience called "Cash Grab" that can help alleviate these challenges.
One of the most significant advantages of VR upper body rehab experiences is that they provide a safe and controlled environment for individuals to practice and improve their upper body movements. VR technology allows individuals to perform various exercises and movements from anywhere. This gamified approach can help individuals to correct their movements and improve their form, which can ultimately lead to better outcomes.
Another advantage of VR upper body rehab experiences is that they can help reduce stress and anxiety. MS can be a stressful and overwhelming condition, and finding ways to manage stress is crucial for overall well-being. VR rehab experiences can help individuals to relax and focus on the task at hand, which can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, many VR rehab experiences incorporate music and other relaxing elements to enhance the therapeutic benefits of the experience (see our VR4MS Music Room for details).
VR upper body rehab experiences can also provide a challenging and engaging workout. Upper body strength is essential for daily activities and maintaining independence. However, traditional physical therapy exercises can be repetitive and dull, making it challenging to stay motivated. VR rehab experiences offer a fun and interactive gamified way to improve upper body strength, making it more engaging and enjoyable for individuals with MS.
Finally, VR upper body rehab experiences can help build a sense of community and support. While this experience is designed as a solo activity, we have developed other experiences that offer multi-player engagement, allowing individuals to connect with others who are also going through similar challenges. This can help individuals feel less isolated and provide a sense of camaraderie and support.
In summary, VR upper body rehab experiences can provide several advantages for people with MS. From providing a safe and controlled environment to practice movements, reducing stress and anxiety, offering a challenging workout, and building a sense of community, VR rehab experiences such as our cash grab can be an effective tool for improving the physical and emotional well-being of individuals with MS. If you or someone you know is struggling with upper body movement challenges, consider exploring VR upper body rehab experiences to see if they could be beneficial.
Key Project Info
People who want more money
Think Rehab is dull
Of OTs and PTs who like the idea of gamifying rehab
Cash Grab was designed as a way
OT at Swedish Health Services
Key Things to Remember
- (1) Fun upper body rehab
(2) Progress through levels of increasing complexity
(3) Make rehab fun