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Virtual Reality can help Improve Treadmill Treatment for those with Parkinson's Disease

posted Aug 12, 2016, 10:52 AM by Blog Poster   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 4:13 PM ]

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Virtual reality has many uses outside of gaming, including even medical uses. Old treatments are now being improved greatly thanks to the rebirth of virtual reality. Virtual reality can help improve treadmill treatment for patients of Parkinson's Disease and other cognitive impairments. 

The improved treatment adds virtual reality to the treadmill treatment used to help those with Parkinson's keep active. Falls are dangerous for all older adults, but are especially common and dangerous for those with Parkinson's.

The most common cause of falls is tripping on obstacles. With the integration of Virtual Reality into the treadmill treatment patients can not only practice walking, but practice detecting and avoiding obstacles in their way.

In a study of 282 participants, half of which had Parkinson's those who used only the treadmill treatment only saw a 22% improvement in falls. Those who used the treadmill treatment with virtual reality saw almost a 50% improvement in falls. There were 16 sessions conducted over 6 weeks with 45 minutes per session. You can read more information at "gizmodo.com.au" and at "The Lancet".

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