Study: VR twice as effective as morphine at treating pain

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. SnowWorld attempted to divert a patient’s attention from the pain they were experiencing, and into a magical world that saw them flying through a virtual canyon while throwing snowballs at penguins and snowmen. It’s early, but according to Quartz, others have had similar success: the Pain Studies Lab at Simon Fraser University in Canada, Virtual Reality Medical Center in San Diego, and others have all reported significant improvement for patients using VR simulations to treat pain.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The power of VR is to transport you in another world. VR has been shown to help treat phobias such as vertigo but now it looks like it can also help with pain reduction. Great idea IMHO.

Farid Mheir
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