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FAQ

Updated regularly as we progress!

We are an innovative new social enterprise - bringing the latest virtual reality (VR) therapies to the children and people who would benefit most.

VR provides immersive environments which can be similar to the real world or imaginary, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality. With the choice of over 50 therapies, you can ensure a person-centered therapeutic experience which truly engages and improves both physical and mental wellbeing.

From reducing chronic pain, alleviating anxiety to supporting emotional and social development for those with autism - there is a therapy available for everyone. We pride ourselves on ensuring fully accessible experiences, regardless of disabilities or age.

At VR therapies, profits will go back into the community, ensuring children with special needs and adults with disabilities are able to access hydrotherapy - regardless of their financial situation. We are also proud to support a number of charities which promote disability rights and equality, as well as the amazing Dolphin Swim Club.

We cover Northampton and Milton Keynes currently. In the New Year we hope to open new premises where we will be able to provide the hydrotherapy and dolphin pods. We are working on this full time and applying for as much funding and grants as possible. We are grateful for any donations and all money will go directly to this social enterprise.

This was born out of the inspirational advances of VR and a severe lack of hydrotherapy in Northampton. VR therapy should be available to all children with special needs and adults, regardless of disabilities or finances. By combining it with hydrotherapy, it becomes an innovative & immersive therapy - such as swimming with dolphins. Medical VR is already available in hospitals and has shown amazing results. From supporting children through chemotherapy to improving social and behavioural difficulties in autism as well as reducing levels of pain, stress, depression and anxiety The profits from VR therapies will ensure it is affordable to the community as well as enable local charities to access VR therapies for free. This is the future of therapy and rehabilitation!

VR therapies is currently available to book whilst we await new premises. We are currently applying for funding and grants, which is not a quick process! We will be opening in 2020, check back regularly for updates. Please help us by donating!

The term hydrotherapy term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes. Hydrotherapy is a part of naturopathy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment.

Pools are heated to a constant therapeutic temperature of between 34 and 35 degrees. For many people, warm waters offer relaxation, freedom from pain and a brief escape from the ailments that stop them moving freely the rest of the time. People can experience these benefits while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water.

Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment, that incorporates mainly auditory and visual, but also other types of sensory feedback like haptic. This immersive environment can be similar to the real world or it can be fantastical, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality.

Current VR technology most commonly uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to "look around" the artificial world, move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items.

The dolphin VR technology designed by the not-for-profit Dolphin Swim Club in the Netherlands, allows anyone to experience swimming with dolphins in the ocean, whilst protecting their natural habitat.
VR therapies will provide all equipment required for ANY person with ANY disability to enjoy and benefit from our services. This includes the dolphin pods/pools and its hydrotherapy benefits, as well as the dolphin VR technology. Floatation pods enhance the experience and will also support anyone who does not wish to access the main pool. The salt water ensures the individual floats which is especially reassuring for parents, who are also able to float alongside their children in the pool. VR therapies will include for example but limited to â?? multiple hoists, many methods of access, specialist equipment, lifts which lower into the pool, pool pods, basically ALL the new equipment available for people with disabilities.
Health and Safety is of paramount importance at VR therapies, especially as many of our visitors have a variety of medical conditions. All staff are fully trained and experienced in first aid and BLS. There are a number of policies ensuring the design of VR therapies will protect the safety of visitors, whilst allowing positive risk taking. A medical questionnaire may be required for certain health conditions, which we are always happy to discuss prior to visiting. Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries.

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