Multiple sclerosis, virtual rehabilitation therapy, virtual reality therapy, stroke, Parkinson Disease


Occupational Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Dr. Daniel Bergman


In this review article, the effect of virtual rehabilitation therapy on multiple sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disorder, is explored. Multiple sclerosis is characterized by damaged nerves that result in incomplete signal processing between the brain and the spinal cord. The symptoms of this condition can include vision loss, decreased coordination, pain, fatigue, and deteriorating motor output. The severity of the symptoms and the rate of progression of multiple sclerosis can vary from person to person; some individuals live the majority of their lives with mild symptoms while others become bedridden and immobile. There is no cure for this disease, however implementation of virtual reality rehabilitation therapy shows promise in slowing the progression of deterioration in motor output and cognition. Through a variety of methods incorporating virtual reality, this review investigates the effects of this type of therapy on balance, manual dexterity, and mental health in patients with multiple sclerosis.