VR technology helps patients cope with pain

Health professionals are finding that virtual reality (VR) technology is an effective alternative to pain medicine and aids in anxiety management for patients. One patient with Crohn’s Disease had difficulty getting an IV, so he was immersed in a peaceful environment with VR that showed him Yellowstone National Park. This helped him calm down and allowed the nurse to find a vein more easily. Another patient had anxiety about her decision to give birth without an epidural, but after using VR at the recommendation of her doctor, her anxiety subsided, and she was thankful for its distraction from the pain.