But how exactly can virtual reality - which creates a seemingly real world in the virtual sphere - help people recover from brain attacks like a stroke?
One company has created a glove which works alongside virtual reality goggles to give a user a sense of texture and depth. The device, called Gloveone, slips on a person's hand, and sensation and texture is created by a series of complex vibrations.
"Imagine someone with brain damage who has no memory of what they ate five minutes ago, but can remember when they were five years old and playing with their dog. This is a good memory and brings good sensations. In VR (virtual reality) we can reproduce this dog and this person could interact and touch the dog," Francisco Antonio, chief scientific officer at NeuroDigital, told CNBC.
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Antonio explained that any virtual situation can be created with their software, which can be used by doctors in a way that they see fit for treating a patient with conditions such as Alzheimer's or autism.
The company is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on Monday to raise $150,000. Each device costs around $199, highlighting the relative affordability of such technology.
Patents awarded to companies around "neurotechnology" have soared in number -- from 800 in 2010 to 1,600 last year -- as investment in the area grows, according to analysis from market research firm SharpBrains.
Companies including Google, HTC and Samsung have unveiled virtual reality headsets which are being used in a number of ways from gaming to filmmaking.