Tag Archives: virtual reality pain distraction

Using VR To Replace Pain Medication For Seriously Ill Children (incl. video)

‘Starlight is a well-known charity organization with the mission to create “moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families” through a variety of initiatives [which] include bringing the magic of virtual reality to the hospital.

Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight in an interview with UploadVR [said] “We see children getting immersed in VR during painful medical procedures and the immersive distraction therapy lessens the need for heavy painkillers and anesthesia. VR can even take the place of pain killers in some cases.”

“Just because you’re in the hospital doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to experience the wonder and magic of child life,” says Helfrich.

By David Jagneaux at UploadVR

Image & video by Starlight

Read more: https://uploadvr.com/starlight-vr-replace-pain-medication-children/

Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients (video)


“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!”

Read more:

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.”