Canadian company introduces virtual reality component to ketamine-assisted treatments

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MindScape clinic in Houston, Tex. is among the first centres of its kind to introduce an Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) component to enhance ketamine-assisted treatments. The clinic is owned by Vancouver-based Ketamine One, formerly known as Myconic Capital Corp., who portfolio includes 15 clinics across North America. The goal is for the proprietary IVR platform to eventually be deployed across the entirety of the company’s network of clinics. Want mystical experiences without psychedelics? Try virtual reality Virtual and augmented reality: The future of the cannabis industry? Cannabis and ketamine: Is there a risk of interaction? According to a news release , the “sensory-enhancing nature of IVR has been proven to help patients suffering with mental illness, and has been shown to reduce relapses.” Virtual reality is increasingly under the microscope as a novel therapeutic approach for numerous health conditions. A 2019 study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that IVR can help reduce the pain of children with large severe burn wounds during wound cleaning in intensive care units. “We are excited to further develop IVR-enhanced therapies to our patients and to continue spearheading innovation in ketamine-assisted treatments,” said Dr. Quang Henderson, who operates MindScape. The clinic uses intravenous ketamine therapy to treat mood disorders, mental health disorders and chronic pain conditions. Patients who undergo the IVR-based treatments at the clinic receive an individual therapy plan that includes a determination of their mental state and individual goals. Dr. Henderson added that MindScape was one of the first clinics in Texas to offer ketamine therapy and has administered more than 2,000 treatments since the clinic opened. “Our vision is to create a concierge-type of atmosphere for all patients, from any walk of life, and work towards breaking the stigma of mental health while providing a judgment-free therapeutic treatment experience.” The clinic…

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