Curtin University uses VR to help spinal-injured people re-learn how to move – The Mandarin

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The immersive VR rehabilitation program, which uses cooking a virtual steak as a functional rehabilitation activity for people with cervical spinal cord injuries, was developed at Curtin through a feasibility study with one participant and will now be extended to five other participants in a pilot study.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Marina Ciccarelli from Curtin’s School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Speech Pathology said the technology was developed as an adjunct to conventional rehabilitation that can occur at home, which maximised opportunities for functional recovery, increased opportunity for daily rehabilitation, and minimised time, travel, and therapy costs.

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