Virtual Reality Impact in Healthcare: Improving Anxiety and Pain Management

VR Technology has now given the industry a way to reduce the use of anti-anxiety medications by utilizing virtual reality in healthcare to make medical experiences less anxiety-inducing.

We talked with the people from Access Sports. They has become one of the first facilities to offer virtual reality to their patients while they wait for medical procedures. This clinic is offering VR as a drug-free alternative to easing anxiety before undergoing a stressful medical procedure. View this video to see how one six-year-old boy was able to benefit from virtual reality:

At no additional cost, patients will be able to wear the virtual reality gear while waiting for their procedure to begin or while in post-operative recovery. It doesn’t matter if the procedure is surgical or an in-office procedure; patients will have the option of using this technology as a distraction to calm their nerves if the experience brings them anxiety.

According to appliedVR case studies, pre-clinical results showed a 63% reduction in anxiety, and clinical results showed a 24% decrease in pain when patients used virtual reality. Because of these benefits, virtual reality is gaining a reputation as the non-pharmaceutical alternative to calm nerves by reducing – or in some cases, eliminating completely – the need for anti-anxiety medications like Valium.

In Superlumen we think this is great news for patients and how they can cope with anxiety. VR & videogames have surprising health benefits and are revolutionizing also the health market.


Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is a leader in innovative orthopaedic care and services. They specialize in the prevention and treatment of disorders, injuries and illness to the muscles, bones and joints. Access sports has 6 locations in southeastern NH.