Progressive supranuclear palsy and use of Nirvana Sensory Room in the patient’s rehabilitation process

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare neurodegenerative disease affecting 1 in 16 600 of the global elderly population. Its onset occurs in people between the ages of 50 and 70.

The main clinical features of the disease include: slipping during walking, imbalance, postural instability with backwards falls, rigidity, cognitive deterioration and the slowing down of vertical saccadic eye movements.

A study on a 67-year-old patient with PSP was conducted by the IRCCS Institute for Scientific Research and Treatment ‘Bonino Pulejo’ in Messina.

In the patient, the first symptoms  shown are  frequent falls, sleep disturbances, behavioral disturbances (impulsivity, apathy), hypomimia and ocular motility disorders. Subsequently, speech disorders, a slowing down  of motor functions and gait deficiency appeared. But also cognitive deficits affecting attention, language skills and executive function.

It was thus decided to test the use of virtual reality in the patient’s rehabilitation process. Two different approaches have been adopted: traditional cognitive training and training with VR Nirvana. There was a 2-week interval between one workout and the next. The patient underwent CTT with face-to-face interactions and paper and pencil exercises. So he underwent CTT and virtual reality training with Nirvana. Throughout the cognitive rehabilitation program, she continued to undergo traditional physical therapy to improve motor function and prevent falls.

At the end of the combined treatment, a significant improvement in cognitive functions emerged, in particular in executive function.

This study represents the testimony of how the use of virtual reality Nirvana can effectively contribute to the cognitive recovery of patients with PSP, thereby improving their quality of life.

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