Diminishing pain

Treating injured minds and bodies with virtual remedies

A playful otter and fluffy snowman aren’t the first thoughts of anyone needing pain relief or suffering from dislocating psychological issues. But the characters are at the vanguard of a treatment protocol that provides a tantalising glimpse of a future where computer games and headsets could be standard hospital equipment. The otter and the snowman are part of virtual worlds which, in basic terms, fool the brain to switch off pain receptors and concentrate on the images dancing in front of the eyes in standard virtual reality (VR) headsets. ….[READ]