Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy have included computer games to boost attractiveness, engagement, and motivation. All these elements make a therapy patient-compliant and captivating. Games in rehabilitative care are designed to stimulate our reward-related dopaminergic process, which facilitates the brain’s natural learning abilities.
In rehabilitative therapy, experts use Immersion in games and Reward in-games
Immersion in game is used to advance attention level & focus
In rehabilitative care, focus and concentration are very important. Unfortunately, patients get easily distracted by their pain. Thus, experts use Immersion in-game multisensory therapy to engage patients physically and emotionally.
An immersive game refers to a game in which patients feel as engaged as they would feel in reality. It is associated with Virtual Reality(VR).
Immersive game is an excellent technique to increase focus, attention, and engagement and minimize the distraction level.
Reward in-games; The best way to stimulate dopamine release
Why is dopamine release so important in rehab therapy?
Because It facilitates neural plasticity, which in turn boosts patients’ learning ability, the brain releases dopamine when it gets rewards. Games have the potential to stimulate dopamine release, which consequently manipulates patients’ behavior in a positive way towards treatment. Dopamine release is great to increase learning ability and offers a better healing effect in pain management.
Therefore, rehab care is incomplete without dopamine actions because healing is a matter of not only physical but also psychological.