Whether virtual rehabilitation is beneficial has not been determined.
To investigate the psychological benefits of virtual reality in rehabilitation.
An experimental group underwent therapy with a virtual-reality-based exercise bike, and a control group underwent the therapy without virtual-reality equipment.
30 patients suffering from spinal-cord injury.
A designed rehabilitation therapy.
Main Outcome Measures:
Endurance, Borg's rating-of-perceived-exertion scale, the Activation–Deactivation Adjective Check List (AD-ACL), and the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire.
The differences between the experimental and control groups were significant for AD-ACL calmness and tension.
A virtual-reality-based rehabilitation program can ease patients' tension and induce calm.
Chen and Jeng are with the Dept of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Chung-Li 32054, Taiwan. Fung is with the Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Oriental Institute of Technology, Pan-Chiao 22061, Taiwan. Doong is with the Dept of Industrial Design, Tatung University, Tai-Pei 10452, Taiwan. Chuang is with the Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterans General Hospital Taipei, Taipei 11217, Taiwan.