An innovative use of virtual reality is emerging as a major technique in brain recovery for stroke patients, Dr. Mindy Levin told the Canadian Stroke Congress.

“Our brains have an extraordinary plasticity which can limit the damage caused by some types of stroke,” says Dr. Levin, professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University.

“Together with Dr. Heidi Sviestrup from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, our rehab program taps into the power of plasticity to gain the best recovery of movement of the arm by increasing a patients’ motivation to continue with the long repetitive training tasks needed to restructure their brains.”

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