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Podcast ‘ Experience the healing qualities of (real) swimming with (virtual) dolphins — VR Days Europe 2017 | Medium

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Get your swimming trunks ready! The water you jump into is real, the healing effects of swimming with dolphins are real, yet the dolphins are virtual. No animals have been harmed for this therapeutic session. Text and interview with producer Benno Brada (the Dolphin Swim Club) by Daan de Wit of VR Days Europe

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‘Wild Dolphin therapy with VR-goggles helps patients worldwide’ — AD | Dutch Newspaper.

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Dolphin therapy is a long-cherished dream for many people with disabilities. The costs and challenges of traveling may make this impossible. A Dutch couple, Marijke and Benno, can change all that. How? With Waterproof VR goggles, their own wild dolphin 360°VR content and a snorkel.  (language: Dutch)

Film: AD’s reporter Renske Baars (real) swimming with (virtual) dolphins.

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‘The magic of dolphins opens doors everywhere’ by the NOMMER.

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As published in the NOMMER by Dutch Investment & Development Agency NOM. The Dolphin Swim Club launched her newest gadget during the VR Days 2017 in Amsterdam: Waterproof VR, where virtual reality is applied in the swimming pool.

“It’s so great,” says Marijke enthusiastically. ‘If you’re in the water with the waterproof VR glasses , very naturally one starts to follow the movement of the wild dolphins and swim along.

With this we offer worldwide a serious alternative to the so-called ‘dolphin assisted therapies’ involving dolphins in captivity. In addition, thanks to our new Wild Dolphins WaterproofVR, many more healthcare institutions can offer an unique form of aqua therapy.’ (language: Dutch, page 14/15)

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’Opioids haven’t solved chronic pain. Maybe virtual reality can’, by WIRED, a monthly tech magazine (USA).

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The Mind can play tricks on your body. Luckily, VR can play tricks right back. This article on the Wired platform explains this new approach of treating patients with chronic pain trough virtual reality. In a recent trial at the hospital Cedars-Sinai, Brennan M. Spiegel, MD gave his patients more than just the regular treatment. They could choose a variety of VR experiences, including the-swimming-with-the-wild-dolphins- content, by the Dolphin Swim Club.

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The Wall Street Journal on Medical VR and virtually swimming with Wild Dolphins

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We are delighted to share this article published in the Wall Street Journal on the exciting possibilities of Virtual Reality within healthcare. And of course we’re proud that the VR experience of the Dolphin Swim Club is featured With a short VRdemo online all readers get to meet the wild dolphins! As well as a video of a young patient experiencing dolphin magic to help ease the pain.

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Featured in the NRC, a leading Dutch newspaper: Swimming with dolphins in the hospital to relieve pain

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VR nowadays gets used more often for medical purposes. An example of one of these uses is to relieve pain. Due to the immersive power of virtual reality, patients may experience less pain. This may cause less use of medication and thus improve patient well-being. And of course, a drug-free medicine has no environmental impact! Which is great news for our Wild Dolphin friends. We are excited that NRC once again mentioned us in this article about the use of VR in the medical world.

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Pioneers Use of VR for Patient Care, Education and Experience

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We are very pleased to share this update as the Dolphin Swim Club 360°VR movie is used in this particular pilot study.  Lauren Schneider, PsyD, clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, is exploring the impact of VR therapy in a study called: Project Brave Heart . A Wonderful project and great to see this research getting shared by multiple platforms. The full articles can be seen on the links below.

Stanford Children's Health Business Wire  Virtual Reality Magazine


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‘Virtual swimming with dolphins is more then a game’ by NRC, a leading Dutch newspaper

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Recently, the psychiatric patients admitted in the University Medical Hospital in Groningen (UMCG) are able to swim with wild dolphins. The footage of the Dolphin Swim Club is used in the treatment of depression, psychosis and anxiety disorders. Psychiatrist Wim Veling: ‘Patients with psychological problems often have difficulties to relax’. Stress enhances a lot of these psychological problems. This VR experience helps to reduce stress by immersing patients in a serene underwater environment surrounded by dolphins.

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