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26/apr/2021

Alleviating patients’ suffering and pain remains an important challenge in medicine. Different non-pharmacological techniques are currently being used as complementary tools in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, including cognitive-behavioral therapies, biofeedback, acceptance-based approaches, hypnosis, and virtual reality (VR). A new technique that combines hypnosis and VR, called “virtual reality hypnosis” (VRH), is increasingly being used where resources are limited, or there are considerable distractions to patients with an already compromised cognitive capacity.

VR technology offers new opportunities for clinical research and intervention by creating a human testing and training multi-sensory 3D dynamic environment . VR can be interesting in addition to pharmacotherapy and analgesia in anxiety and pain reduction, as an adjunct therapy for the management of acute pain in adults and children and allows patients to alter the patient’s attention, emotions, and concentration.

Together with HypnoVR we are exploring this new and promising area for pain management. HypnoVR specializes in developing virtual reality-based medical hypnosis solutions to manage pain and stress. It designs, develops and markets software applications and medical devices as innovative tools of hypnosedation to improve the quality of care and comfort of patients. HypnoVR solutions fit perfectly into multimodal accelerated rehabilitation procedures and help improve care.


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22/apr/2021

Over the course of recent times, dental education has progressed tremendously. Advanced teaching and learning methods have been developed and refined. This has led to improved precision of skills involving dexterity and hand coordination. This is particularly important in areas such as dentistry. Virtual Reality is a great tool for not just  understanding the patients’ perspective but also plays a part of continuous education of dental professionals.

1. Virtual Reality helps to deal with patient’s anxiety, fear and pain during dental visits

Visiting a dentist can be a daunting experience due to the anxiety and pain associated with it. VR will immerse the patients into other worlds. They can view scenes that will help them feel relaxed and calm during a procedure Patients will be less anxious and fidgety, which will allow you to treat them more efficiently.

2. Less Dependence on Nitrous Oxide

Dentists who have used VR report little or no use of nitrous oxide to relax their patients. They’ve experienced benefits such as lower expenses, administering fewer drugs to patients, showing patients that they’re innovative, and demonstrating that they care about the opioid drug epidemic and are part of the solution.

3. VR will make you stand out as a welcoming office.

VR reflects concern for patient welfare, allows you to treat patients who become more relaxed and calmer, reduces patient anxiety and stress, reduces procedural time and gives the doctor more flexibility. Patients will talk about these practices and recommend their dentists to their friends and families. This will place these dental practices at the top.


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12/apr/2021

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. According to the World Health Organization, the number of patients with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 50 million with nearly 10 million new cases every year. Dementia is a misunderstood condition. Many people believe it’s just a by-product of ageing. We tend to not think beyond memory loss when it comes to symptoms. The reality is that dementia is a condition caused by diseases, most commonly Alzheimer’s, that damage different areas of the brain leading to a variety of challenging symptoms.

Early Risk Detection

Alzheimer’s has already become remarkably easier to detect thanks to VR technology. The scientists, led by Lukas Kunz of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn published a study in which they used a virtual maze to help detect Alzheimer’s. In the study, the scientists tested people between 18 and 30 years old and had them try to navigate a VR maze. Based on how different people moved through the maze, the scientists were able to accurately identify which subjects held genetic markers for Alzheimer’s. This means that with the help of VR, scientists can diagnose high-risk patients as young as 18 years old, allowing families to plan for future Alzheimer’s care.

Virtual Reality for Caregivers

Embodied Labs is dedicated to creating dementia-specific simulations as an educational tool and for building empathy. They’ve created a platform that allows caregivers, family members and medical professionals to experience dementia first hand. VR therapy that serves not only the person living with a neurological disorder but the care provider, helping care home staff and caregivers see through their patients’ eyes, so they can provide more empathic healthcare.


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08/apr/2021

Many individuals worldwide suffer from some form of drug addiction or substance use disorder (SUD). Due to the cyclical nature of withdrawal and relapses, eg. alcohol use disorder (AUD), the difficulty rooted in managing such brain diseases can dishearten those who most want to cease drug misuse and lead healthier lives. Virtual reality methods can also have a large impact on those seeking treatment and play a significant role in countering their feelings of defeatism and self-doubt. By rejecting their addiction repeatedly in a virtual scenario, individuals foster the confidence to do so in the real world and maintain that belief in their own abilities across other treatment options.

Benefits of using VR for Addiction Treatment

Scholars at the  Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work are pioneers of using VR technology for treatment purposes. The researchers have achieved success using virtual reality therapy to help smokers refuse the temptation of cigarettes.

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The benefits of virtual reality can apply no matter what stage of the process they are in.

1. Detoxification

To help during the  process of detoxifying from drug addiction , virtual reality techniques can be used to distract the individual from the discomfort of withdrawal and detox. While immersed in this alternate reality, many find it easier to cope with their symptoms and stay committed to their sobriety.

2. Fighting Cravings

VR is an active experience, with the user diving completely into a different reality. Specific sounds, smells, situations, and visual stimuli play a vital role in their desire to use drugs, and by engaging regularly with these specific triggers, addicts can practice overcoming them through repeat exposure.

3. Learning to say No.

With virtual reality, clients can practice these scenarios over and over again without having to worry about what happens if they cannot say no. Recovery is a daily commitment, but it can be easier to do if you know you have succeeded in the past. By saying successfully no to addiction in a virtual setting, addicts can feel more confident saying no once they leave treatment.

4. Personalized Therapy

As much as VR can help addicts fight off outside triggers, it can also help therapists identify the internal contributions fostering an addiction. Self-doubt, childhood trauma, a family history of addiction, and countless other factors could be building a roadblock to recovery. By exploring these scenarios customized therapies can be designed to determine the root cause of addiction.

5. Relaxation

Soothing scenes, when combined with relaxing music, can help reduce agitation, stress, paranoia, and anger and provide a quiet place for self-reflection. This technology can also provide an escape if cravings become overwhelming.


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06/apr/2021

Being sick and hospitalized can actually be a terrifying, if not utterly traumatic, experience for a child. Nobody likes being in a hospital, and children are no exception. Despite the extra effort that the staff in a pediatric ward puts in and the specially designed clinical spaces, it is often hard to make a child forget that they are in a hospital. Children are conscious of the fact that their normal life has been interrupted abruptly and that they are missing out on big events and family life. They may even begin to be comprehensive about pain, immobility, separation from loved ones, loss of control, and disruption. If a child is to receive an injection, for example, or have the dressing changed on a wound, they may put on a headset to focus their attention away from the painful stimulus and engage in this fun activity instead.

Virtual Reality has an Important Role to Play

With regards to the medical applications of VR, pediatrics is an area that offers tremendous opportunity . As imaginative and inquisitive as children are, the immersive quality of VR is more likely to keep them spellbound than an adult. Children can explore coral reefs, or even walk with dinosaurs from the confines of their hospital beds. They can also feel like they are participating in their favorite activities again or seeing their favorite pet at play. Family events can be filmed in 360 ° and then viewed through VR, so children can have a ‘real’ feel of being part of the event when compared with just looking at photos or videos. These possibilities make VR a very important tool, not only to improve a child’s quality of stay in the hospital but also to  augment the healing process .

VR helps Parents too

A child’s illness can be a testing time for parents too, and for that matter the whole family. Families are psychologically vulnerable after the hospitalization of a child. The associated stress can manifest as symptoms of depression and anxiety. In extreme cases, parents can develop post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), which can in turn negatively impact their ability  to care for the child. Therefore, relieving distress in parents is an important healthcare objective as well.

SyncVR Medical builds on these concepts to bring an innovative VR solution for children in hospitals. The SyncVR Relax & Distract application library contains relaxation exercises, cognitive stimulating games and videos. This application comes with a tablet on which you can spectate what a patient is seeing in the VR headset.


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