Researchers find new virtual reality based exercises for hand paralysis

A stroke is one of the most dreadful things that can happen to a person. Usually, when a person is affected by stroke, either one or both of their hands are left paralyzed. A group of researchers have developed new virtual based reality exercises that will help a person feel better after paralysis of the hand.

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Gandhinagar led by Uttama Lahiri has developed these new exercises that will help in effective rehabilitation of a patient with hand paralysis. The study was done in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi and AMRI in Kolkata.

The exercises are very similar to how one plays computer games. In the ‘reaching’ task, patients are made to stretch their hands and move to a particular location. In ‘coordination’ task, control of the hands is given more importance. For examples, tasks like taking a glass of water to their mouth and lifting simple objects are given to the patient.

According to the researchers, such exercises are a better alternative over physiotherapy sessions. These exercises can be done at home as well.