The use of virtual reality in the work on the perception of one’s own body

  • Luba Jakubowska Wrocław Medical University
  • Magdalena Kaziemierska-Zając Department of Nervous System Diseases, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wroclaw Medical University, Bartla 5, Wroclaw, Poland https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3758-2975

Abstract

Thesis. Eating disorders are an increasing contemporary problem, and therapy does not  always bring desired effects, which is why it appears necessary to introduce new methods of therapy.

 

Aim. The aim of this paper is to present the benefits provided by virtual reality (VR) in the perception of one’s own body, which can be used in therapy and prevention of eating disorders.

 

Conclusions.

Virtual reality can be useful in the case of persons who wish to experience the image of their potential bodies when planning change (diet, exercise), as well as individuals who wish to actualise the image of their bodies after the change.

            VR can play a role supportive to therapy of eating disorders, focusing on the reduction of adverse eating habits and a change in the perception of the body. The use of VR makes it possible to integrate the actions from both the areas in a safe and interesting environment. Accompanying the techniques which have been employed for years in the therapy of eating disorders, VR presents entirely new opportunities for patients to see and experience their bodies “in a new light” without delay, which does not only allow them to understand themselves, but also to increase their motivation to persevere.

 

Author Biographies

Luba Jakubowska, Wrocław Medical University

asisstant professor

Magdalena Kaziemierska-Zając, Department of Nervous System Diseases, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wroclaw Medical University, Bartla 5, Wroclaw, Poland

Holder of a doctorate degree in health sciences, Magdalena Kazimierska-Zając is a clinical speech therapist and an employee of Wrocław Medical University. She is interested in speech impairments in neurological diseases and the use of new technologies in therapy and rehabilitation.

Published
2019-04-23
How to Cite
Jakubowska, L., & Kaziemierska-Zając, M. (2019). The use of virtual reality in the work on the perception of one’s own body. E-Methodology, 5(5), 35-43. https://doi.org/10.15503/emet.v5i5.520
Section
“About the Internet” – Theory