Clinical Trial of Virtual Reality Hypnosis, What was the result from 2 years ago?
From May 2011
(Austin, Texas) Investigators unveiling plans for the first clinical trial of virtual reality hypnosis to manage depression and anxiety in chronic pain say testing will begin this summer.
The innovative approach will use a head-mounted display to immerse patients in a 3-dimensional world of sights and sounds. No longer science fiction, virtual reality programming is becoming increasingly common and clinically useful.
The immersive technology guides patients through the same steps trained clinicians would use during hypnosis. Patients with chronic pain may find it difficult to visualize the images necessary for deepening trance states, so investigators hope the computer-simulated environment will make this easier.