How Does VR Compare with Drugs?
Virtual Reality for Chronic Pain
Dr. Diane Gromala’s research team is pioneering VR therapy alternatives to narcotics for moderate to severe and chronic pain. Firsthand is collaborating with Dr. Gromala’s to build virtual worlds that combine the immersion of VR with biofeedback and mindfulness techniques. These and other studies are beginning to show that virtual reality can increase resilience, thereby providing an effective combination or alternative to narcotic pain medication.
Diane Gromala is an expert in art, design and computer science. Dr. Gromala developed virtual reality (VR) for phobias, anxiety, Parkinson’s and for children who were undergoing chemotherapy. Her VR creations are in use at over 20 hospitals worldwide. Video time: 16 minutes Watch on TEDx
The History of VR Pain Research
We have compiled a list of key references and journal articles on VR pain relief research in our VR Pain Relief Bibliography. There you will find dozens of articles from top medical journals.