Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Virtual Cures for Real Illness

Therapy exposing patients to virtual reality environments is gaining ground. Originally used to treat psychological disorders, it is now also used to help rehabilitation for some physical conditions such as paralysis and stroke.

The treatment typically means creating a virtual situation patients fear or are averse to. Thus acrophobia sufferers may be put in a virtual glass elevator at a dizzying height, or those suffering from motion sickness are put in a veering car. For paralysis and stroke patients, a virtual sport such as swimming, soccer, ski or walking can aid rehabilitation treatment. They are put in a customized virtual reality environment that adjusts to their pulse and respiration recorded every 1/1,000 of second by a sensor attached to their body. They can press a button to let the doctor know when they have problems."

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