Did we tell you we’re experimenting with this therapy and VR?
It’s still new to us, but we’re happy to share how Rob goes about doing the VR Therapy.

  • What’s your challenge?
    • For Rob, it’s neuropathic pain because of his spinal cord injury. From his chest down he experiences burning neuropathic (fake) pain. Watching a video of the lower body moving and pretending it’s his body, as he tries to cause the movement he’s watching, eases the pain signals his brain is generating.
    • If you have a similar lower body paralysis, or are missing a part of your lower body, these videos may help you. If you have a different challenge or simply a different body type, and you’d like videos that might help you more, please let us know and we’ll try to find someone who can help.
    • Conduct the VR therapy at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
  • Phone and a headset
    • If you don’t already have one, a smart phone (the bigger the screen the better) along with a simple headset, will allow you to watch the videos.
      • FYI, some VR headsets are limited in the size of phone they can hold. Please cross-reference the headset specs with your phone’s dimensions before making a purchase.
    • Rob uses an iPhone X and while he started with a cardboard headset, for a few dollars more he likes and recommends something more comfortable and robust, like this unit.  This unit works with the iPhone 8+ as well.
  • Go to our VIDEOS page using your phone or VR device
    • The first four videos, as you can see in the thumbnail picture, are best done sitting up in bed
    • The videos taken outside are best watched in your wheelchair or armchair.
  • Find a quiet place
    • If possible, watch the video undisturbed and really focus intensely on the movements.
  • Watching the videos
    • If you have earbuds or headphones, connect them to your phone now
    • Hold the phone in the direction that you’re going to be looking when doing the therapy and…
      • click the link to start the video in the YouTube App
      • check to see the quality is the highest possible (three small dots on the top menu of the screen will show you resolution quality)
      • click on the little VR Goggle icon along the bottom of the video screen, this will put the video into VR mode, dividing the screen into left and right and showing two images of the video. If you don’t see this option, this might help.
      • insert the phone into the headset and put the headset on
      • relax, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself
      • focus on trying to make your body do the movements that you’re seeing in the video
      • if you have time, do another video, or rewind and do the same video more than once
      • let us know how it went for you and if it helps, or if we can answer any questions to help you (we’ll do what we can).

NOTE: For Rob, watching the videos and doing the therapy changes the quality of the energy that his brain experiences, taking the edge of the burning of the pain and turning it into more of a fuzziness. If you have any negative feelings while watching the videos in VR mode, don’t feel compelled to continue. This is all experimental so we don’t know how it may affect different people. We hope the videos will help you, like it does for Rob, but we just don’t know.  Share with Rob how it went for you (robert at neuroplasticityvr dot org).