Virtual Reality Reduces Chronic Pain
Do you have chronic pain?
Imagine finding a simple and inexpensive tool to help manage your pain. You can purchase a cardboard Virtual Reality Headset for as little as $10 and then get free VR games in the App store.
Why would you use a VR Headset to play games?
Are you on non-opioid pain killers? Muscle relaxers? Opioids? Yet none of them are making much difference in your pain?
Ruben Castaneda in U.S. News and World Report wrote How Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Chronic Pain. “…research suggests VR can help alleviate the anxiety and pain of patients suffering from acute and chronic pain” which gives hope to those living with daily pain.
Did this work for me?
I spent $22 on the headset and got the free game Hidden Temple . The experience was rich, colorful and exciting. When I was totally immersed in the game, magic happened! As I gathered treasures in the Hidden Temple, I did not feel the icepick stabs and constant burn of Trigeminal and Occipital Neuralgia. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7elNf-Yd_T8).
What if you do not play games electronically?
I sometimes play Solitaire and Block Puzzle on my phone, but I am not a gamer. On the rare occasion my son let me try Zelda (an action adventure video game), I ended up in a corner on a staircase unable to get out. Within about fifteen minutes after taking the headset out of the box, I was playing a game.
Do not let VR technology intimidate you. Add it to your toolkit of the things you do to reduce your chronic pain and learn how to thrive.
What did I buy?
- Follow manufacturer’s setup instructions.
- Adjust the VR headset to fit comfortably before using it.
- Select a game that is appropriate for your health. Hidden Treasure requires you to stand up and move around in a full circle.
- Turn the game on and place your phone in the headset.
- Place it on your head and start playing.
- Have fun. You need to add more fun in your life when you live with persistent pain.
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Give Virtual Reality a try. What have you got to lose except for your pain?
Gail Sinclair, Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, works diligently to teach others how to Thrive with Chronic Pain™. She lives with persistent pain and refuses to let it be in charge of her life (and accepts that some days it is).