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.
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.
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.
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.
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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