Virtual Reality (VR) for pain relief? Is that even possible? Of course. With technology advancements at a rapid pace, it seems like anything is possible these days.

VR allows the user to be fully immersed in a virtual world. Full immersive means the user is disconnected from the real world and immersed into a virtual environment, often playing the role of a virtual role player (i.e. pilot, game character, virtual tourist). This can lead to scenarios that can be replayed in the virtual world to help someone get over a fear, post-traumatic stress disorder or a serious injury that has left an emotional scar.

VR is a computer technology that uses headsets, sometimes in combination with physical spaces or multi-projected environments, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to “look around” the artificial world, and with high quality, VR moves about in it and interact with virtual features or items. VR headsets are head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes. Programs may include audio and sound through speakers or headphones.

There are numerous companies that make hardware systems for virtual reality. It is advancing so rapidly that it might be a case where the technology is ahead of the problem. So many possibilities for uses that are yet to be discovered. One of these is the use of VR for pain relief. Many hospitals are testing out the technology to see if it actually can provide pain relief. VR goggles and a game as a prescription. That would interesting.

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