Simulations recreate specific conditions or scenarios. They immerse people into new or familiar experiences, allowing them to interact with the simulated recreation. In therapy, simulations come in numerous forms and offer a range of therapeutic benefits. They recreate settings with which patients can interact, providing exposure, physical exercise, and more.
A common misconception about hippotherapy, a therapeutic technique that uses horse simulators, is that the simulations are not effective. However, that’s far from the truth. Simulations offer many advantages beyond traditional therapeutic work. Here are three benefits simulation technology adds to therapy sessions and how it advances the industry.
Simulations bring experiences to people, no matter their location. They broaden opportunities, allowing people to immerse themselves in new encounters.
Like many other forms of technology, simulations provide a range of abilities, expanding one’s capabilities. It provides people with access to more skill-enhancing experiences, exposures, and learning scenarios. Instead of going out to find these encounters, like horse riding, simulators bring them to you. They allow therapists to offer more within their office.
Reality consists of numerous unpredictabilities and anomalies out of one’s control. Simulations, however, grant you all the power to manipulate and manage a (simulated) experience. The more power to control, the fewer accidents.
In therapy sessions that use movement simulators, therapists can monitor everything and ensure their client’s safety. They control when to stop the device and the experience. They alter its speed, intensity, and various other factors offered. The heightened authority given to therapists allows them to create safer therapeutic training sessions and more customized learning opportunities for those they work with.
Immersive experiences boost a person’s engagement with entertainment. Compared to doing repetitive exercise, riding a simulation offers more excitement. Similarly, actually reenacting certain scenarios versus talking about hypothetical situations offers more engagement and fun.
Simulations allow clients to further participate in their rehabilitation or training with more enjoyment and excitement. On top of providing fun and engaging sessions, the simulation’s entertainment further entices people to return for more, increasing a therapy’s retention rate.
Simulations offer a wide range of benefits to the therapeutic industry. It provides more opportunities, increases the safety and customizability of sessions, and brings in entertainment. No matter the type or need for therapy, simulations enhance therapeutic experiences, providing effective and beneficial therapy sessions. Plus, the benefits a simulation offers to therapy further apply to scenarios outside the healthcare industry, allowing everyone to reap the advantages of simulated technology.