Gate control theory
Both medical professionals and patients reported positive results following Healthy Mind's first trial at Clinique Pasteur Lanroze in Brest where it was used to reduce anxiety and pain in surgery as well as treat the pain of tumours. Now the company is in the process of drawing up use cases for a number of other partnering health facilities, which could even stretch to serving as an alternative general anesthesia for certain operations among adolescents.
The thinking behind Healthy Mind lies in something called Gate Control Theory, which proves the existence of pain nodes that modulate the transmission and perception of pain and can be inhibited through sensory, cognitive and emotional stimuli, which the VR software aims to induce.
According to the company's CEO and founder, Reda Khouadra, however, the idea for Healthy Mind has been in the offing since he was 12 years-old when with a passion for 3D, he would make three-dimensional prints to help ease the anxiety felt by his great aunt as a sufferer of Parkinson's disease. The idea for Healthy Mind, he claims, came shortly after with the emergence of VR technology.