VR in Healthcare
The psyche and the Virtual Reality (in medicine)
Virtual reality allows patients to completely immerse themselves in the designed experience, distracting their brains from the other stimuli. It’s already proven, that the systematic use of VR relaxation apps reduces unpleasant sensations in people struggling with the chronic pain - decreasing its intensity by at least 25% and thus, sharply limits the usage of highly addictive drugs.
Overcome your fears with
VR supports the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric diseases such as PTSD, phobias, schizophrenia and autism. Medical VR is used in so-called exposure therapy, involving the patient being frequently exposed to a stimulus that frightens him (i.e., the heights, spiders, or..an massive audience). As a result, it no longer causes panic attacks, so when the patient comes into contact with it in real life, he can control his emotions.
Thanks to the use of VR in healthcare, the therapy can be more suited to the individual needs of the patient. For example, VR is teaching people with autism to identify the emotions of interlocutors, so they could communicate freely. Some solutions are dedicated to the children as well, which could play a dedicated therapeutic game to decrease the anxiety, vaccinate or even cure the lazy eye syndrome.
The body and the VR
Virtual Reality is being wildly used to improve the progress of rehabilitation of people after stroke, significantly improves their overall efficiency and the performance of daily activities. It also supports the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury - by observing patients performing precise movements in the virtual world, doctors are able to capture minor neurological deficits that are usually omitted in a standard study.
The bright future of the VR in medicine
Photo-realistic VR simulators helps doctors to acquire and improve their skills outside the operating room, without endangering the health and lives of patients. Virtual tools allow them to plan treatments on a previously unknown scale - including complex, multi-stage operations - and experiment differently with new techniques.
VR helps them better prepare for surgery and perform it faster. Or simply, to practice the difficult conversations with the patients. What's crucial, all activities performed in virtual reality, can be monitored and analysed in real time, so the supervisor (or teacher) has instant access to the trainee’s performance.
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