We are witnessing an increase in interest in the use of Virtual Reality in therapeutic activities. Healthcare professionals are increasingly understanding the potential value of VR and are willing to use it. If you intend to use VR for health-promoting purposes, we suggest what to pay attention to and how to choose the right VR therapeutic application.
VR as a medium
VR is a medium that can be of grat use in your practice. The VR acronym stands for Virtual Reality, referring to information technology that allows you to create immersive, realistic and interactive digital experiences. This means that creating a VR environment requires the work of programmers, computer graphic designers and the use of special software and appropriately powerful computers. If the created content is to become a useful therapeutic tool, then we will require cooperation with appropriate specialist already at the stage of conception and design of the material. The process of creating virtual VR TierOne material took place in close cooperation with an interdisciplinary team of psychotherapists, music therapists, scientists, doctors and rehabilitation specialists. All this to create an effective and scientifically tested VR therapy.
Available VR content
There is no shortage of VR entertainment apps, and what about apps that support mental health? There are platforms with VR materials of all types, purposes and different quality. Reaching for underdeveloped materials can be risky, especially for people with greater intensity of depressive symptoms. Your patients’ mental health cannot be entrusted to untested applications. The conducted research, the positive recommendations of professional users are certainly a guide not to make a blind choice.
- Check if the VR material is recommended by specialists and has been tested for effectiveness.
Below you can see more recommendations for VR TierOne and VR TierOne GO:
The multitude of VR headsets
Receiving sensations and entering the created world require appropriate equipment. Properly selected VR headset (and possibly controllers) are required to receive virtual experiences. It should be remembered that the headsets differ from each other, and if you intend to use VR in professional therapy, it is worth making a conscious choice. Especially since the purchased headset may not be compatible with the platform on which the desired VR applications are located. VR headset and content should be compatible so that nothing interrupts the VR immersion. It seems obvious, but let it be said that having VR headset without access to appropriate virtual materials will not allow you to reap the therapeutic benefits. The VR TierOne GO mobile relaxation headset, with the included collection of VR 360° films of a relaxing nature, with properly prepared music and therapeutic narrative offers a particularly neat solution. In this case, when buying VR headset, you get a complete, compact solution that is ready for use, and recommended for people with conditions of excessive stress. These independent headset does not need a computer or other base stations to work, so you can start using VR TierOne GO at no extra cost.
- Check that the VR content provider provides adequate support.
Below you can see VR TierOne materials supporting therapeutic work with VR:
VR in therapy
Virtual Reality brings a lot of possibilities and facilitates the conduct of broadly understood therapy, including that targeting psychiatric disorders. An example appealing to the imagination is the usefulness of VR in therapies of specific phobias. Certainly, the use of specially prepared VR scenarios that faithfully reflect the reality of the situation is much more practical than in vivo exposure – real life exposure to natural circumstances. But phobias are not the only problems that can be treated with virtual therapeutic intervention. VR can be used supportively in the therapy of: stress, anxiety, pain, addictions, eating disorders, trauma therapy, therapy for people with autism and many others. We pay special attention to depression, which is at the forefront of health problems. In the case of supporting the treatment of depressive disorders, the use of Virtual Reality also makes sense and is possible. The best option in professional VR therapy is to use solutions that simultaneously guarantee the right class of equipment and proven therapeutic VR content. VR TierOne is an example of such comprehensive solution – a medical device with a scientifically tested (research involving a control group) virtual immersion therapy supporting the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress. When deciding to buy a ready-made VR TierOne device, you do not have to worry about either the technical aspects or the selection of the VR therapeutic application. You get a ready-made and proven solution, technically adapted to the conditions of mass use – durable, easy to clean and based on high-class components. All this ensures that the appropriate therapeutic VR content is provided in the best possible way.
- Check if the VR material is based on scientific evidence.
Below you have the list of research on VR TierOne:
Purpose of therapy
Virtual Reality has become fashionable in many areas. Keeping up with the times is excellent, and VR can be a very good complement to therapy. Remember that it is not enough to have VR equipment purchased at an electronics store to empower the therapy participant. Acquiring appropriate and proven VR content and implementing it in your device so that everything works at the highest level still poses a challenge. The VR application must be compatible with the purpose of the therapy. It is worth considering what will be appropriate in your practice. You should not experiment, because who will take responsibility if VR material harms your patient? You can bet on ready-made solutions presented in this text. Use proven solutions!
- Check the purpose of the application and its compliance with the purpose of the therapy.