Virtual reality helps you overcome real-world difficulties.

- Jan 25, 2018 -

Virtual reality helps you overcome real-world difficulties.

Relieve the pain

Virtual reality can ease patients' pain. There are sufficient scientific evidence suggests that when a patient is immersed in the virtual reality in the brain associated with pain perception of the organization, the somatosensory cortex of the brain and insula would have been suppressed, degree of activity. Even in some cases, immersing yourself in virtual reality can help people endure some very painful medical procedures.

For amputees, there is extra help. They have been amputated by accident, not only because they lose limbs, but also because they are psychologically unable to adapt to the "new life". It's hard to pacify, and painkillers don't help. But research shows that virtual reality technology can ease their mental pain and benefit amputees. Now a new technique for "virtual mirror therapy" has been developed, with amputees wearing VR devices to control their virtual limbs. This can give them a smooth transition period and avoid pain.

Physical therapy

Virtual reality can give people a "real" experience and "interact" in it. If a tracking technique is attached, the VR device can record the physical activity of the patient, which is a very effective method of detection and treatment. For example, in order to get the patient to move his arms, he could design a "shooting" movement (according to his preference), so he would try to raise his arm, raise his head above his head, and grab a shot.

The "exercise" in virtual reality is more interesting than exercise in the gym, which helps patients recover faster. Some patients with lower limb injuries, for example, often worry that they will not be able to walk the road, allowing them to use virtual reality to improve the situation. "Transforming" the virtual reality environment makes them feel like they are walking slowly, but actually walk faster, that is, normal walking speed. Thus, they can avoid negative emotions such as worry, anxiety and even pain. This helps both patients recover and improves their confidence, because when one day shows them the truth, they must be surprised at their ability.

To overcome the fear

If you're afraid of something or something, you can overcome it with virtual reality. It has a very good therapeutic effect on phobias, such as fear of height, fear of spiders, which is generally irrational and can be difficult to break through. For example, cockroaches, even if they know it is non-toxic, do not pose a threat to life, but some people see it as a source of fear. If you see a few cockroaches, you might get the creeps. At this point, virtual reality may be the most effective treatment.

The usual treatment for fear is graded exposure therapy. Combined with virtual reality technology, this treatment becomes a specially designed virtual environment. Through VR devices, patients can be treated as "real". The therapist will gradually change the virtual environment, gradually introduce the patient's fear into it, and then expose the patient to fear and gradually overcome it.

In this regard, virtual reality is a perfect technology. It can be calibrated precisely to meet the needs of each patient. It can be deployed in the doctor's office at any time, or even remotely, in a patient's home.


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