VR Therapy Reduces Stress and Anxiety in Patients by 34 Percent
A new study claims that virtual reality (VR) therapy reduces stress and anxiety in patients by 34%. XRHealth’s VR technology was used for the therapeutic intervention, which resulted in a decrease of stress in 73% of patients, more so in female patients and those in the 18-24 age bracket.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affecting 6.8M adults and 15M adults have been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder.
“Because of the prevalence of anxiety disorders diagnosed each year and given the nature of the condition it is important to have effective treatment options that can be done from the comfort of home,” said Eran Orr, chief executive officer, XRHealth. “Mental health treatments that are engaging and effective are available for patients to do virtually. This study demonstrates the efficacy and accessibility of virtual reality treatment so that patients have multiple therapeutic options.”
The study was performed on 61 participants who received VR therapy solely in the metaverse. The group ranged in ages from approximately 15 to 45 years with 50% female, 19% male, and 31% identified as other. VR applications presented relaxing environments, encouraged breathing, and improved physical fitness while promoting mindfulness. The results highlighted that anxiety (GAD) decreased 34% and stress was reduced by 32% after virtual reality therapy. Stress was evaluated in 11 participants ages 18-34 by measuring heart rate and via an online survey, after they experienced augmented reality therapy in the form of a virtual island with a waterfall and campfire and given the option to listen to music. Stress was reduced in 73% of the participants ages 18-24.
“XRHealth is unique in that we bring not only a technological solution, but that our solution is built around a clinician. Spatial computing is the perfect platform to bring this type of therapy to patients around the globe, allowing them to be in the same virtual room with their clinician from the comfort of their home,” concluded Miki Levy, co-founder and chief technology officer, XRHealth. “The results of this retrospective review show that this method can provide an alternative to traditional ‘brick and mortar’ institutions. Our job in XRHealth is to bring more tools into our platform to strengthen the clinician and provide them with superpowers to fight the surge in mental health conditions.”