A one-week intensive exercise program based on virtual reality (VR) failed to improve posture control in children with cerebral palsy (CP).
These are the preliminary findings of a larger study assessing the effects of a six-week, therapist-monitored home VR gaming program designed for children and adolescents with CP.
The study, “The Effects of a 5-Day Virtual-Reality Based Exercise Program on Kinematics and Postural Muscle Activity in Youth with Cerebral Palsy,” was published in Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics.
Cerebral palsy comprises a group of disorders that affect posture and restrict movement caused by non-progressive brain lesions that occur during pregnancy or infancy. Children and adolescents affected by CP are more likely to fall and injure themselves due to their lack of balance and posture.