FREMONT, CA: Since virtual reality (VR) technology is on a drive to improve and become more widely affordable, it is all set to get applied in healthcare, as the industry will through an explosive period of expansion in the next few years. Driving the expansion VR market as well as finding discoveries and its uses to diagnose and manage health conditions is essential.
Organizations have come up with the latest advances in the field, as healthcare providers have started to turn to VR for pain management, stress reduction, mindfulness, and addiction. Companies are helping patients who are suffering from the opioid epidemic with an exclusive program that makes use of conventional medication-driven detox in combination with VR technology to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Particularly, VR has orchestrated multiple advantages in patients who have experienced and are still going through anxiety disorders, specific phobias, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders. Standard therapies or medications rely on different drugs to lessen the symptoms of opiate withdrawal and are then followed by or supplemented with VR. The process further reduces apprehension, pain, anxiety, and panic during withdrawal. VR technology has made progress by bringing down the stress in the patient’s condition and has been an impactful intervention for mental health.
The VR tools offer a completely immersive 360-degree experience, along with soothing music and visual imagery that helps in relaxation. The in-built texts or audios give instructions to the user to take inhale and exhale and other steps concerning progressive muscle relaxation. Patients who suffer from opiate withdrawal or have cramps in their abdomen can be treated by VR-adjunct tools to divert them from the occurring pain, as well as stick to lesser medication.
Studies have found that VR technology can effectively fight chronic pain. It additionally helps in lowering the pain levels for patients down with cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and orthopedic problems. Moreover, hospitals are making use of VR as digital therapy to soothe symptoms of diseases and treat post-traumatic stress disorder as well.