The science behind it all...
Neuroplasticity of the brain is the underlying concept for the creation of our therapy games. The brain has the ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, both functionally and physically in response to new learning or physical therapy following an injury to its brain cells.
Therefore, an individual has the chance to fully recover after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. But the brain forms new connections better when the task you are performing has a functional and meaningful end goal. Repetitively performing a certain motion or task mindlessly does not help the patient progress or form new synaptic connections in the brain.
With VR, complex virtual scenarios can be created with precise control over the stimulus and the cognitive load that the user experiences. Interacting with the world in the 3 dimensions, as a patient would in the real world is valuable compared to existing games that can be played only on a flat 2D screen. With customized games created particularly for therapy, we can also record physiological and kinematic responses and therefore quantify the progress of the patient with scores and metrics over time.
Patients usually spend about 30 to 60 minutes a day in formal therapy in a clinic. Research shows that the more hours a patient dedicates to therapy with a functional goal, the stronger the synapses and faster re-organization of the brain can be achieved. This being the same concept when we are trying to master a new skill. With portable headsets like the Gear VR, we provide the ability for the patient to can continue their therapy at home and therefore accelerate their recovery.