The June 2014 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking presents several articles reporting on studies of the effectiveness of Virtual Reality therapy for pain management. Overall, virtual reality was found to be an effective adjunct for both chronic and acute pain conditions.
The findings conclude that virtual reality as a means of distraction, inducing positive emotions, or creating the perception of “swapping” a limb or bodily area affected by chronic pain can be a powerful therapeutic tool. Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN said in an editorial “Future possibilities for VR’s use in pain conditions may include such diverse groups as military personnel, space exploration teams, and our ever increasing elderly population.” A press release outlining the contents of the issue, with links to the complete features, may be found here.
Posted on June 16, 2014