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Chronic pain treated with VR. Fraud or innovative medical device?

Depression, ADHD, chronic pain. What do they have in common? These diseases can be treated without leaving home. Or at least that’s what the Australian startup says.

You’ve also been a bit overfed about Metavers and VR. Mark Zuckerberg and company have been blowing the bubble of unwarranted excitement for a long time, and there’s no telling when the technology will come out in useful form. Okay, we have simple games and apps that support augmented reality, but after a short game you can safely throw them away because there’s nothing to go back to. What if I told you that VR glasses could be used for medical purposes? The Australian company claims to be able to treat and rehabilitate patients using the equipment.

Is virtual reality the future of medicine?

Physical injuries, emotional disorders, or ADHD treatment are problems that require long-term and often inpatient therapy under specialist supervision. This includes waiting in lines, long appointments and trips to medical centers. RecoveryVR, a virtual medicine company, believes that many of these conditions can be treated in the comfort of your own home. How: It is enough to purchase equipment that is like a gaming communion gift.

Source: RecoveryVR

RecoveryVR sells VR goggles as a bundle with two controllers and complete medical software, including therapeutic apps and games to treat chronic pain, depression or phobias. Sound suspicious? It sounds a bit similar, but let’s take a closer look at how the supposed therapy works.

Treated with VR

RecoveryVR’s mission is to make therapeutic tools available to people in suburban and rural areas who cannot afford regular medical sessions due to long distances from specialized centers. Regularity is the key word here, as the company believes that only systematic repetition of certain exercises can effectively treat patients struggling with motor limitations and mental problems. In the case of such subtle diseases as depression or emotional disorders, an appropriate therapy atmosphere is necessary, providing the necessary comfort to the patient.

That’s why the company has created a collection of more than 75 games, from relaxing meditation sessions in a virtual forest to simple movement exercises that help heal injured limbs.

All virtual reality treatments can be performed independently, but patients who require an individual approach can also connect with a VR TV specialist to jointly analyze the progress.

However, the question in my mind is whether this is the future of medicine, or rather an attempt to cash in on a new technology that is still in its infancy. It is difficult to verify the effectiveness of such treatment, but in some cases it seems a reasonable solution. For example, for children who struggle with ADHD, therapy, depending on the specific symptoms, consists of training based on concentration exercises, improving motor coordination, or calming the overactive body. Therefore, a young patient can combine therapy with a virtual game, which in the case of a child can be more effective than traditional visits to the doctor.

Source: RecoveryVR

The problem with VR itself is also the frequent feeling of nausea and confusion after a long session. RecoveryVR ensures that this aspect has also been taken into account, so the Pico Neo 3 glasses sold by the company provide 4K resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate to reduce the possibility of dizziness.

OK, how much does this “innovative” treatment cost? It’s not cheap. The device itself costs $999, but that’s not all. The glasses are useless without specialized software, for which you have to pay another $999 for an annual subscription. This means that less than PLN 10,000 should be taken into account to get started. Before that, however, you should contact the company by email or phone and undergo a personal consultation to help determine if the patient is suitable for virtual therapy.

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