The definition for the virtual reality comes naturally from the word “virtual” and “reality”. The definition of “virtual” is near and “reality” is what we are experiencing. So the “virtual reality” means “near reality”. It is also a specific type of reality emulation.
Virtual reality plays an important role and it provides opportunities to various people in everything that includes from swimming in the ocean to flying through the outer space in ease. This technology fun options are innumerable.
But how does it fit into childbirth?
Virtual reality eases the pain of women while delivering a baby. Every childbirth experience is different. As the pain threshold is different for different people. Virtual reality also helps the patient to handle the treatment that is painful and stressful such as chemotherapy and dental treatments.
First Patient who experience virtual reality:
Erin Martucci is the first women who experienced virtual reality during childbirth. She just doesn’t want to take any drugs for the labor pain.
Virtual reality apps:
There are virtual reality apps also available for the patients. Virtual reality apps help the patient to get through the anxiety that comes by staying in the hospital and dealing with the pain.
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Dr. Wong is studying the use of virtual reality for helping the patients come through contractions during labor. Women are asked to put virtual reality goggles for 30 minutes and then they could choose to watch whichever virtual reality scenario they like.
According to Dr. Wong nowadays virtual reality, digital technology, and artificial intelligence are everywhere.
It makes sense when it aids in medical and healthcare. Virtual reality makes the imaginary time more real. It’s like an association or guided meditation on steroids. Virtual reality expands and amplifies the mind-body connection. The mind can be very powerful and effective in healing and the way how the pain is sensed, detected and comprehended.
Does it work?
Virtual reality is found very effective in reducing acute as well as chronic pain. Dr. Wong desires and expects to see women who are using goggles being satisfied and pleased with this experience. In this way, virtual reality is better for them as it helps them manage and handle the labor pain.
Why the patient is concerned?
Dr. Wong said this may be especially appropriate and applicable to women who want a physiologic or “natural” birth (for example, they are hoping to avoid narcotics or epidurals). If VR provides a beneficial and functional diversion for women in labor, it could provide an alternative managing system that enables women to have birth experience in the most natural way possible.