“New methods for treating anxiety, trauma and mental illness are emerging at the intersection of games and therapy.
Deep, a virtual reality game developed for the Oculus Rift, has set out to do just that. It’s based on the same sort of deep breathing exercises that many anxiety sufferers—and meditation/yoga enthusiasts—are already familiar with, coupled with immersive visuals and audio that make you feel like you’re suspended in a dreamy, underwater world.
A belt secured around your body senses when you inhale and exhale, causing you to “rise” and “fall” rhythmically within the water as you explore a “zen garden” of coral and colored lights.”
BY LAURA HUDSON at Boingboing.net
Read more: http://boingboing.net/2015/03/26/virtual-reality-therapy.html
“Virtual reality headsets could soon become a common sight in operating theatres after a groundbreaking experiment in Spain.
As Josefa Ramírez lay on the operating table at the Perpetuo Socorro hospital in Gran Canaria, she saw above her a night sky scene, as if looking up into the stratosphere while lying on the ground. The sounds around her were not the bustle of surgeons and nurses, but Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Debussy’s Clair de lune and other classical lullabies. Occasionally, the sky lit up with shooting stars and confetti blasts of fireworks.”
By Simon Parkin, The Guardian
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/07/how-virtual-reality-can-soothe-nervous-patients
Why Dentists Are Using Virtual Reality As A Drug Alternative!
By Tara Long, D News
“Going to the dentist is a fear that many people share, due to the pain and discomfort during the visit! Could virtual reality be an alternative to drugs to reduce anxiety and pain during various procedures? Join Tara as she explains why this technology could soon be coming to a dentist near you!”
Study – Clinical Use of Virtual Reality Distraction System to Reduce Anxiety and Pain in Dental Procedures – Prof Mark D. Wiederhold
“Virtual reality (VR) has been used by clinicians to manage pain in clinical populations.”
Study- The Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for Dental Pain Control: A Case Study – Dr Hunter G. Hoffman
“The present study explored whether immersive virtual reality can serve as an effective nonpharmacologic analgesic for dental pain.”