Can virtual reality help people manage pain?

Virtual-reality experiences, like this one from DeepStream VR, are increasingly being used to treat chronic and acute pain

SNOWFLAKES FALL AROUND ME AS I float above a river, weaving through an icy wonderland. I toss a fish to an otter, and it shivers with glee. Then, as I exit a cave full of colorful rocks, I flow into a bright spring landscape, complete with cherry blossoms.

This trippy yet oddly relaxing simulation (officially titled COOL!) comes courtesy of DeepStream VR, a Seattle-based virtual-reality startup. But it’s no game: early

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