Richard Hanbury, Sana health Founder and CEO had went through a terrific Jeep accident at the age of 19. The incidence left him in a wheelchair along with such intense pain that he could rarely sleep. Moreover, he experienced chronic pain arising from nerve damage which got worse and threatened to kill him. Plenty of prescribed drugs, even morphine could not save him from suffering from pain. After such drugs failure, Hanbury wanted to cure pain in a different level, by using a visual stimulus.
Hanbury’s company is now working on making a mask – Sana, which can measure minute changes between heartbeats. This new technology has the ability to stimulate the audio and visual cortex of the patients’ brains. The company announced the mask to be wear over the eyes for a duration of 15 minutes before bed. However, users can also use the mask in a gap of 15 minutes throughout the day, if needed. Such mask put the users into a lower-pain, relaxed state.
Which One is More Effective – Technological Approaches or Pharmaceutical Treatments?
The invention of such technology intends to reduce pain as well as over-reliance on opioids or other drugs. Furthermore, the company is also developing neuromodulation devices which have the ability to eliminate pain completely. A study explains Sana’s effectiveness, where 39 patients participated in the experiment, and the treatment targeted 11 separate nerves. The outcomes were so satisfying when 71 percent of patients had a major improvement in their pain scores.
A pain management specialist at Stanford University, Jennifer Hah, shows her optimism about this pain-relieving technology. She also asserted that the technology works on reducing the depressed mood symptoms and anxiety among patients suffering from pain. Such mechanisms have a positive impact on patients responding to this new pain treatment.