Experts are using traditional recreation activities and modern technology to treat stroke patients. Both activities are said to aid stroke patients regain their motor skills, but which is a better method?

The study, which was conducted by Canadian researchers and published in the Lancet Neurology, aimed to find out which of virtual reality gaming and traditional recreation activities is better for stroke patients’ motor rehabilitation.

Researchers studied two groups separately: patients who underwent virtual reality therapy and patients provided with traditional recreation activities.

Virtual Reality Treatment vs. Traditional Recreation Activities

The research found no notable differences between the two groups. Patients in both groups have better dexterity, strength and motor skills after undergoing the treatments.

Basically, any type of motor rehabilitation post-stroke works on patients as long as it is being done intensively and repeatedly, CTV News reported. Stroke rehabilitation care and support is more effective when done alongside traditional or virtual reality treatment sessions, which can last for an hour.

Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, the study’s lead author, said there were assumptions that virtual reality therapy is better for stroke patients than traditional ones. Saposnik said it’s common for us to associate modern technology with a treatment’s effectiveness, but that doesn’t mean that old-fashioned treatments aren’t beneficial anymore.

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