Virtual Reality has been a hit recently, as evident by the growing interest in Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive. As niche as it may sound, the adoption of virtual reality may go beyond entertainment and gaming.
Two US researchers have been researching on the use of virtual reality equipment to help patients manage their pain. In a study, the use of VR is equivalent to moderate usage of opiate, drugs that cure pain.
With the price and availability of VR sets going down, such technology has potential to be part of the mainstream medical devices to manage patients’ pain during operation, for example. Often times, mind and body go hand in hand together, don’t they?