Why virtual reality is the next frontier in pain relief

Research suggests that virtual reality treatments for chronic pain might help reduce reliance on opioid painkillers and potentially help curb misuse of these addictive medications.

Virtual reality games might help ease pain not just by distracting players from what ails them, but also by triggering changes in the brain, a recent research review suggests.Distraction may indeed play a role in pain relief, the review of six small studies suggests. But it's also possible that the technology could help produce changes in the nervous system when it's used to help reprogram how a person responds to pain.'Guided imagery has long been a treatment for psychological disorders, and...