Physical Therapy

Combine the 3dRudder with a VR experience for occupational therapy, exposure therapy, physical therapy or relaxation exercises

The 3dRudder proves convenience for physical therapy

Ankle and feet mobility

For patients experiencing reduced ankle and feet mobility due to long period of physical inactivity or following surgery, the 3dRudder is a great way to start reeducation with soft, pain free exercises

Coordination exercises

The 3dRudder proves helpful to stimulate lower-limb motor functions and work on coordination and balance exercises for patients recovering from strokes or the elderly

3dRudder for physical therapy testimonial

Track your patient's progress

Strength and power

picto strengthThe 3dRudder includes 6 pressure sensors that register the applied force to the board. The measure of each sensor can be retrieved independently, enabling you to finely track the progress of your patient for each type of strength-training exercise.

Range of motion

picto-range-motionThe 3dRudder has a rounded basis that allows wide range-of-motion exercises. Angles of inclination and rotation are tracked to help you measure improvement towards full range-of-motion recovery.

The 3dRudder is a great addition to VR exposure therapy

Create a safe environment

picto parachute safeExposure therapy conducted in public places may have unpredictable effects; and exposing the patient to real situations is not always easily feasible. Using Virtual reality simulations in combination with the 3dRudder significantly lessens the risk level and gives both the patient and the therapist the ability to control the grade of exposure while comfortably seated in an office. As a foot motion controller used seated, the 3dRudder avoids any kind of falling injury, or loss of balance, and is safe and easy to operate.

Give control to your patients

3dRudder is a room-saverVR exposure therapy is mostly thought of as a series of simulations controlled by the therapist according to the patient’s reaction to a given level of stress. The 3dRudder aims at giving the patient, under the supervision of the therapist, the ability to withdraw from an anxiogenic situation when they feels they have reached their limit or to take upon himself to go further when they feel ready to. Creating this sense of control over the patient’s own fears is a new approach to the therapy that may have a significant impact on the treatment of anxiety disorders.

How does the 3dRudder work in VR exposure therapy?

The patient is equipped with a head-mounted display and led through a virtual environment that relates directly to his fears.
Let’s take the example of a patient suffering from agoraphobia. The objective of the simulation is to gradually take the patient to enter a crowded hall. During the simulation phase, the 3dRudder comes as a controller given to the patient to literally walk around in the VR experience and decide where he wants to go and when. If the patient feels ready to step into the crowded hall, he tilts the 3dRudder forward to ‘walk’ forward and enter the hall. If the situation becomes too frightening, he just tilts the device backward to walk away.

VR exposure therapy with 3drudder

The 3dRudder enhances VR relaxation exercises


Relaxation exercises are one promising use of virtual reality. Putting on the VR headset immediately puts you into soothing environments, and the 3dRudder lets you wander into them, giving you the opportunity to stroll peacefully, and enjoy the relaxing effects at their fullest.


By allowing you to journey within the experience, the 3dRudder turns you from a spectator to a traveler. Your mind slowly drifts away from daily stress, leaving you with a feeling of well-being.

As easy to use as walking

Safe to use

3dRudder VR motion controller is safe to useThe 3dRudder is a motion-controller used seated, which makes it safe to use regardless of the patient’s condition


Moving in a VR or 3D simulation with the 3dRudder is surprisingly intuitive, and takes less than 1 minute to learn, no matter the age of the patient


picto intuitiveSimple movements of the feet suffice to trigger the 3dRudder: tilting, rotating or exerting pressure are all it takes to move in the application

Did you know?

The 3dRudder accounts for less than 10% of the price of Windows VR equipment.

Business case

Greener Games

Greener Games is a VR game studio, developer of Nature Treks VR, a relaxing VR experience.
Here is how Greener Games integrated the 3dRudder as a VR motion controller into Nature Treks VR.
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Greener games

Greener games was founded by John Carline, a Senior Lead artist with many years of experience at AAA studios, with the intent of developing original, creative and memorable experiences that would help people feel better. Nature Treks VR , available on Steam VR and the Oculus Store is their first release.

How they use the 3dRudder

Greener games integrated the 3dRudder as motion controller in Nature Treks VR. Before that, blink teleportation was the only supported locomotion solution. Now that the 3dRudder was integrated, users just need to plug in the 3dRudder, launch the game, and start navigating in the experience with their feet on the board.
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Someone on the Nature Treks VR Steam forums mentioned the 3dRudder. I had a look through the details and demo videos and thought it looked very interesting. I integrated the 3dRudder as a motion controller for Nature Treks VR shortly after. The team at 3dRudder was incredibly helpful in supporting me through the integration.
Moving with the 3drudder is a unique experience. It’s very comfortable and intuitive. I'd say it’s a very unique and natural way of navigating around a 3d space.

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John Carline

Founder of Greener Games