3D VR Videos
The following videos are experimental attempts to show first-person movement of a man’s lower-body (and one upper-body video) so that an individual suffering from neuropathic pain or phantom limb pain can mimic those movements in the hopes that doing so will decrease their pain. The ratings on the videos represent how helpful Rob has found these videos.
For therapeutic benefits, they should be viewed in the YouTube App in VR mode on a smart phone or a VR device, to allow a 180 degree 3D experience.
Lower Body Movements
One of the most important videos, this is a guided therapy moving toes, feet, knees and legs. Best done while sitting up in bed, this 10 minutes of therapy is tiring (if you’re really focusing on trying to mimic the movements), but effective.
Leg Press Against Window
Jim pushes away from the window leaning back in a chair. In addition to isolating the push movement, this video has the bonus view of Manhattan, NYC.
Experimental 180 degree 3D video to potentially help people with upper body neuropathic or phantom limb pain.
Steep Incline on Varied Surface
In this video, Jim starts walking around 1:25 into the video. It’s a great up-close view of climbing a steep surface with a varied surface. Focus on each push up, remembering the effort that involved. At the end of the video, Jim turns 180 to look down at the incline. When wearing the VR Goggles, be careful not to lose your balance if you’re sitting in your wheelchair.
Night Walk in the Snow
Jim takes the dogs for a long walk at night in the snow. No talking. Can be watched at slower speeds (select on YouTube app).
Walking Up Stairs Outside
Another great video of walking up an incline and stairs. The 3D experience is extra vivid with the foliage moving in the breeze and cars passing by along the top of the path. When doing this therapy, with each step, Rob will plant and roll his hand on his leg to mimic the foot walking.
Scrunching Toes on Ledge
Another good video of Jim scrunching his toes 10 times on the left foot, right foot, and then together. This video has the view of Manhattan, NYC.
A short video of 10 knee lifts for each leg. When doing this therapy, Rob really puts his body into the movement, tensing his one abdominal muscle that still works and remembering that sensation of doing a knee lift when lying down.
Scrunching Toes on Fritz
This video is a short exercise of scrunching toes on Fritz’s soft fur. In addition to mimicking the movement, if you have a pet to cuddle you can also feel the softness of fur and imagine it’s your feet that are feeling this.
Moving Feet to Music
In addition to Rob following the beat, he found that he could also make the video more real by tapping his hand on his leg. Also, with the song stuck in his head, he often finds himself visualizing tapping his feet when he’s doing other things during the day.
Rolling of The Feet
In this video, Jim focuses on rolling his feet in a circle to allow the user to visualize this movement, which will hopefully add in neuroplasticity and the reducing of neuropathic pain.