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Monday, July 18, 2016

Is Virtual Reality (VR) The Best Pain Killer?

Better Than Opioids? Virtual Reality Could Be Your Next Painkiller

In one study, virtual reality did about as well as narcotics in reducing pain

Rachel Metz | July 18, 2016



Not so far in the future, your doctor might prescribe playing a few games in virtual reality to ease aches and pains, rather than popping a pill.
That’s Matthew Stoudt’s hope, anyway. He’s the CEO of AppliedVR, a startup that’s building a library of virtual-reality content for alleviating pain and anxiety before, during, and after medical procedures. The company is working with hospitals and doctors to get patients using the technology on Samsung’s Gear VR headset and to study its effectiveness as well.

[Click to Enlarge] Source: http://appliedvr.io/

<more at https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601911/better-than-opioids-virtual-reality-could-be-your-next-painkiller/; related articles and links: http://appliedvr.io/ (AppliedVR website) and http://motherboard.vice.com/read/play-the-pain-away (Pain Is Not a Game, But VR Games May Help With America’s Opioid Addiction. June 11, 2016)>

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