Tag Archives: Phantom limb pain

Easing phantom pain with augmented reality (incl. video)


“It’s not just for immersive gaming that VR has its uses, it is also providing new ways to treat psychological conditions such as PTSD or vertigo.

Now, a new study suggests that phantom limb pain can be eased using augmented reality.

In the augmented reality environment, the patients can see themselves on a screen with a superimposed virtual arm, which is controlled by muscle signals from their arm stump.

The therapy uses augmented reality to visualise the phantom limb, in a similar way to mirror therapy.”

By Rozie Benyon at Science Focus

Read more: http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/human-body/easing-phantom-pain-augmented-reality

Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Cope With War Injuries


“For a soldier who has endured an amputation, severe phantom limb pain can be debilitating.

Virtual reality company MindMaze has designed a medical virtual reality, augmented reality, and motion capture video game system that immerses the amputee in a virtual environment, where moving the existing arm will move the non-existing arm of the avatar.

Neuroscientist and MindMaze founder and CEO Tej Tadi says this “mirroring” tricks the brain into believing the severed limb is actually there, and has proven benefits in phantom pain management.”

by John Gaudiosi at Fortune

Image: MindMaze

Read more: http://fortune.com/2016/02/22/mindmaze-treats-amputee-veterans-with-vr/

Uses of Virtual Reality Beyond Gaming Includes Therapy


“Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is setting his sights far beyond [use of VR for] immersive, first-person shooter video games.

After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences,” Zuckerberg [has] said. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.”

For years scientists and engineers have been exploring the possibilities of using virtual reality technology outside the gaming world, from PTSD therapy for soldiers to controlling robot avatars.”

Live Science brings you five possibilities:

1. Therapy for amputees and stroke victims
2. Controlling Robots on Mars
3. Seeing inside the body
4. Treatment for PTSD
5. Military training

By Megan Gannon at Live Science

Read more: http://www.livescience.com/44384-oculus-rift-virtual-reality-uses-beyond-gaming.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=most-popular