The Rise of Virtual Reality Therapy
The use of Virtual Reality Therapy as an option to help patients with a range of conditions has been increasing over the past years. Virtual Reality offers more than just entertainment it’s being used as a tool to improve patient’s health and well-being.
According to Global Industry Analysts, the global market for Virtual Reality in Healthcare is projected to reach US$3.8 billion by 2020. Medical clinics and companies are adopting the use of VR to treat phobias as part of their exposure therapy, part of some phobias treated are fear of flying, driving, arachnophobia, and fear of heights.
Some others examples of medical applications and treatment using VR are:
#1 Physical Therapy
#2 Pain Management
Researches and studies suggest that VR can help to relieve pain, as it can reduce pain-related brain activity in different regions.
#3 Fears and Phobia
#4 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Virtual Reality has also being used to help treat people that suffer from a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, one example is to assistant patients that have experienced combat traumas. The method using VR allows patients to experience a safe and controlled scenario again furthermore it can be adjusted to similar aspects of the patient trauma memory.
This treatment brings opportunities to war soldiers to overcome their trauma, the VR exposure treatment involves the immersion of the patient in a war simulation. By confronting and dealing with the trauma the brain can start to decrease the level of anxiety and response to those memories.