E-therapy to lower stress levels

 
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The future system combines biosensors and mobile devices to conduct an “e-therapy” that bridges virtual and physical reality into one seamless reality: interreality. The user wears (easy-to-use, low cost and comfortable) sensors which measure our heart beat, respiration, sweat and other physical indications of stress. The Mobile app then takes the user through relaxation exercises, scenes, and sounds in a virtual beach, forest,
mountain or tropical environment. The sensor monitors the user’s physical reactions and adjusts the scenes and music to lower the user’s stress levels. This 3D-biofeedback training helps to counter the physiological changes induced by stress. Users can also share their experiences with others through 3D shared virtual world role-playing, bio and
activity sensors in mobile and in internet applications. This system would need to go clinical trial to be trustworthy. The private markets work as each user could pay a fee to use it with the mobile device.

Ref. http://interstress.eu/

 

8 Responses to “E-therapy to lower stress levels”

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  2. “What a powerful way to lower stress and for individuals to learn to use biofeedback to ‘do it themselves’. One wonders what the long term impacts on individuals’ health – such as avoidance of stress related chronic diseases – could be. Marrying mobile technology and with sensors to allow more self management has got to be much more cost effective for publicly funded health programmes as well. Will be interested to see if this idea makes it into commercialization!”

    Heather Singer MacKay at LinkedIn Group: eHealth Professionals

     
  3. “I am working with the Development of a web-based programfortreatment of occupational stress.I would like to hear more about your experiences.”

    Bjarne Bo Jørgensen at LinkedIn Group: Telemedicine & E-Health

     
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  6. It is a very interesting idea for sure. Nevertheless I think one of the projects goals should also be to teach the patient how to identify his/her own state and teach them techniques they could use without the support of technology. Of course it can be a first step to deal with your own stress and learn to cope with it. From a research standpoint a lot of new things will be learned.

     
  7. My vision would be to help burnout patients with such an app. In my point of view social, work-related, economic pressure and existential fear leads to the burnout syndrome, which could be a real problem for a company and also for hospitals and other caregivers. So I think a app like this could help to prevent burnout. Requirements for this app could be: it should be simple to use, it has also to store and save the data which it collects from the sensors and tip in, secure the data against data theft, having also an alert system when some thresholds exceeded, so that the app sends an alert to the next phycian. So I think there is a lot of potential and in my opinion it could help a lot of people.

     
  8. This vision sounds very interesting to me. If it this is going to be produced, it would be an absolutely pioneering and efficient way of giving people the flexible chance to reduce stress and calm down again.
    Nowadays stress is a permanent companion in most of the people’s lifestyles. How impressive would it be to be able to get rid of these tensions? How great impact would it have on humans health – especially in terms of reducing negative long term effects of stress? This sounds promisingly and in my opinion this idea should definitely get progressed!

     

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