Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-05-27 16:18:56 –
This week’s conference brings together top technology minds to envision the next evolution of virtual reality (VR).
VR is a digital simulation of a 3D environment that can be operated through a wearable headset.
This technology will be more accessible and affordable, and experts say it could change the way people get medical care.
“As you know, this is a VR slam dunk match,” said Dr. Skip Reso of the University of Southern California’s Creative Technology Institute.
He has been a leading researcher in clinical applications of virtual reality for decades. He states that VR has been scientifically proven to help improve a wide range of treatments, from rehabilitation to pain management, anxiety and phobia.
“That’s why some people are afraid of heights. Well, you can put it on the balcony on the ground floor or in a glass elevator a few feet above the ground,” says Rizzo. “VR allows us to actually immerse people in the simulation of such simulations and events at a processable pace.”
According to Rizzo, this type of exposure therapy has proven effective in preparing people in the autism spectrum for job interviews.
VR also helps people suffering from chronic pain by using technology to teach patients proven pain management strategies.
“Don’t look backwards with a pincushion and see the needle go in. That’s what it is. But with VR, you can put someone in a VR headset for games, activities, and a calming environment. You can join us, “says Rizzo. “Whether it’s the summit of Everest or an underwater scenario, we’re swimming with a herd of dolphins.”
According to Rizzo, VR can also help distract people during chemotherapy and unpleasant dental treatments. It is also useful for physiotherapy and recovery programs for stroke survivors.
Rizzo said VR treatment is not universal and emphasizes that treatment is not a replacement for human health care providers.