The recent developments of virtual reality technologies have had several ground-breaking applications in different sectors including being a great tool for helping those with disabilities. Ireland will soon see the roll out of a new VR therapy method.
Research has suggested that these types of technology can help patients to both reduce their high blood pressure and diminish perceived pain. The treatment is being used for those who have sustained brain injuries and neurological disorders. It is also useful for those who suffer from motor neurone disease and cerebral palsy.
Patients are placed into a virtual immersive world of their choosing. This is done by having them first put on special goggles and headphones. They can experience such virtual activities as scuba diving, sky diving or simply laying on a beach. This is done without them even having to leave their room.
Those who have tried out the new VR therapy have had a marked increase in their positive well being. The charity that is behind the roll out, Sue Ryder believe that this positive effect will sustain the patient for days after the treatment. It has become popular due to the non-invasive nature of the therapy. There is no need for medications or surgery. It is simply putting on head wear and taking it off when they want to.
This could be the start of a new trend where the latest innovations in technology are used to aid the disabled. There is plenty of ground-breaking hardware and software that could be used for this purpose. However, for this to be a wide spread occurrence they require the funding and planning of state sponsors and charities. These developments show that the future looks ever more positive for the well being of those who suffer from debilitating disabilities.