We here at VR Fitness Insider are constantly trying to give you the latest updates and information on the rather unconventional, yet extremely positive, use of virtual reality in fitness. As we’ve recently discussed there are some naysayers that don’t believe in the future of VR fitness, despite facts showing otherwise. There are even those who continue to state that VR is just a fad. However, we are here to show you that this is not the case. Virtual Reality has already proven to change the lives of people for the better, and here are some additional facts about the users of VR in other areas, that further prove the impact of virtual reality is already much greater than what most people believe it to be. Here’s a glimpse at how VR is changing the world one industry at a time.

#1 – VR use in Counselling

Military heroes are finding some peace in VR.
Military heroes are finding some peace in VR.

As the infamous series of YouTube commercials for the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR showed the world, Virtual Reality can and has been used pretty successfully in some counselling areas. One of the best examples is phobia treatment with huge success in experiments related to the treatment of fearss of public speaking, heights, spiders and more. However, VR is also used to treat people suffering from post traumatic stress disorders, or PTSD, because of life threatening situations.

#2 – VR use in Dentistry

Maybe VR can help you survive your next trip to the dentist.
Maybe VR can help you survive your next trip to the dentist.

It might sound strange for people to hear that next time they have a toothache, their dentist might be wearing a head mounted display, but it is nonetheless quite possible. One example of the use of VR in dentistry would be the ‘HapTEL’ system based upon haptics, that helps new dentistry students learn on a virtual dental chair training scenario, where they practice in the performance of different dentistry procedures, such as tooth filling and more.

#3 – Architectural Design

Architecture is just one of the industries that VR is changing for the better!
Architecture is just one of the industries that VR is changing for the better!

Architects and the construction industry are starting to heavily implement the use of Virtual Reality headsets in their line of work. Usually they use VR in order to walkthrough a virtual model of the building they have designed, which saves them both time and money. They do that by implementing their 3D building into a virtual reality software and explore their building with the use of input devices, including data gloves. Adding to the cost effectiveness of the use of virtual reality in architectural design is the fact that the exploration is also done in a safe and controlled way.

#4 – Preventive Medicine

VR is really helping people change their lives for the better!
VR is really helping people change their lives for the better!

Those who would like to quit their bad habits, including smoking, alcohol abuse and unhealthy eating or lifestyle, might find the next solution to their problems in virtual reality. This is because preventive medicine has focused on delivering new VR ways to educate people about positive lifestyle choices. This is usually done by demonstrating the bad effects of those habits via interactive virtual reality experiences and has led to pretty significant results in changing people’s behavior for the better.

#5 – Paramedic and Medical Training

How you get treated in an emergency situation has changed a great deal since the latest VR boom.
How you get treated in an emergency situation has changed a great deal since the latest VR boom.

Similarly to dentistry, VR is changing the world of new paramedic and medical professionals. This includes the training of paramedics, who are placed in a simulated accident or emergency in VR in order for people to better train and experience under high pressure situations. Furthermore, in medical training, students are able to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of humans via interactive virtual reality scenarios. This includes ‘hands on’ VR experiences, that let medical students learn new skills, which they can later apply in the real world.

Regardless of what some people believe, there is obvious proof that virtual reality is not just a fad and is something that is already changing our lives for the better. As you already know by our posts on our site, virtual reality is also a great way to exercise and keep fit. However, with VR people are also able to become better professionals, save resources, experience realistic scenarios and more. All this is done in a safe and interactive environment, provided by virtual reality.

-Ivan Ivanoff

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