Virtual Reality And Health Care

Virtual Reality And Health Care
The uses for virtual reality in healthcare continue to advance by leaps and bounds as new technology is released. As an experienced neurosurgeon, Dr. Amir Vokshoor, the founder of Neurovella Brain Spa in Los Angeles has worked with VR content in the health care field -- especially when it comes to “Brain Health” -- and now offers it to everyone in the region. Contact the Brain Spa at 855-855-BRAIN or schedule an appointment online if you’re interested in learning about the benefits of virtual reality and health care.

Virtual Reality and Health Care Q & A

Neurovella Brain Spa

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment that people interact with via specialized gear, such as a helmet or headset equipped with audio and a video screen, or gloves fitted with sensors.

When you wear the electronic equipment, you can move around in the virtual world, explore, pick up items, and experience the environment in 3D as if you were there.

While virtual reality has diverse uses in health care, it has also gone mainstream. It’s used in education and simulation, with virtual reality headgear available to use with video games and in surgical operating rooms, allowing young neurosurgeons to explore the inner spaces of the brain.

What impact does virtual reality have on brain health?

The use of virtual reality in the health field is rapidly growing thanks to advances in headgear and software. Some of its top uses include:

Training doctors and nurse

Virtual reality allows surgeons to simulate operations before performing the procedure. It gives them the ability to visualize structures in the brain as if they were a miniaturized person exploring deep inside the brain. They can get a close-up and 3-D experience, seeing vessels and brain regions that are affected as they remove a tumor. Virtual reality is also used to teach many aspects of healthcare, from basic anatomy to infection control.

Pain management

Studies show that parts of the brain responsible for pain are less active when a client is immersed in virtual reality. In addition to controlling pain, virtual reality can be used to help people tolerate painful procedures.

Depression

Virtual reality relieves depression by healing the mind in a completely immersive environment that stimulates the brain and helps alter negative thought patterns.

Rehabilitation after brain or spinal cord injury

Virtual reality helps retrain everyday tasks and activities that people can’t perform following a brain injury.

Relieve symptoms or treat mental health disorders

Virtual reality can be used to treat phobias by gradually exposing clients to their fears in a realistic environment. It’s also used to help people recover from PTSD and to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

What virtual reality therapies are available?

The Neurovella Brain Spa currently offers virtual reality-guided meditation to effectively reduce symptoms related to PTSD, depression, stress, and anxiety. VR-guided meditation provides deep relaxation and restores mental and physical wellness.

The team keeps up with the latest technology and research, so as virtual reality applications continue to evolve, they’ll continue to update their services.

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