Virtual reality therapy using the Leap Motion Controller for post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation

  • Nayron Medeiros Soares Núcleo de Tecnologias Estratégicas em Saúde, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba
  • Gabriela Magalhães Pereira Instituto de Ciências Básicas da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Renata Italiano da Nóbrega Figueiredo Núcleo de Tecnologias Estratégicas da Saúde, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba
  • Gleydson Silva Morais Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba
  • Sandy Gonzaga de Melo Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba
Keywords: virtual reality exposure therapy, stroke, rehabilitation.


*** Virtual reality therapy using the Leap Motion Controller for post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation ***

AIMS: To evaluate the applicability of a virtual reality-based motion sensor for post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation.

CASES DESCRIPTION: Three post-stroke patients were subjected to virtual reality training for rehabilitation of their upper limbs using the Leap Motion Controller technology and the game Playground 3D® for 3 consecutive days. On the first and last days, the Box and Blocks test, the De Melo Eye-Hand Coordination Test, and transcranial magnetic stimulation were applied. On the last day, the patients were evaluated with the Experience Evaluation Form. After the proposed training, a lower motor threshold was observed in both cerebral hemispheres, as well as better performance in the tests that evaluated hand and eye-hand coordination skills. The proposed therapy was well received by the patients.

CONCLUSIONS: No adverse effects were observed, and promising and precise results were obtained for the virtual reality-based training using the Leap Motion Controller and Playground 3D®. The training allowed patients to have an active role in the rehabilitation of stroke-induced upper limb sequelae.


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How to Cite
Soares, N. M., Pereira, G. M., Figueiredo, R. I. da N., Morais, G. S., & de Melo, S. G. (2017). Virtual reality therapy using the Leap Motion Controller for post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation. Scientia Medica, 27(2), ID25935.
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