Treating Pain with virtual reality…

Can distraction actually help in relieving pain? Unlike TV, which is a distraction, Virtual Reality techniques completely immerse the person in a new environment. This multi-sensory experience is entertaining, interactive and relaxing. The brain simply has no room to process pain. The cost of VR has come down significantly and is now being used in combination with cognitive, hypnotic and physical therapy as well as treating debilitating chronic pain. What it actually does is give the brain a busy signal when it comes to registering pain. Virtual Reality therapy is not a cure, but it can help with difficult situations a doctor may have to face. For example, a burn victim may find relief while their burns are being cleaned by being immersed in a snowy environment. In so doing this temporary relief from suffering may help the person deal better with pain in the future by showing them coping techniques. The cost of the headsets run about $300. Using them on a regular basis can teach mindfulness and breathing techniques and the possibility of reducing pain medications.