The amount of pain we can stand depends on the situation. This accounts for physical and mental pain. When the circumstances demand it we can handle a sheer unlimited amount of pain of which we even cannot comprehend when in a different situation. This can be illustrated by two examples.
There was a car crash on the A44 some time ago. It happens in every country. A car lost a wheel on the fast lane. A moment later a car in full speed drove on it at the side. This event was followed in seconds by one car after the other crashing into the standing vehicles. Suddenly the first car caught fire and small explosions occurred. People were jumping out of their vehicles, some did take a run while others went into the crash site to look for survivors and injured.
Those who tried to rescue others suffered severe burns and injuries but kept moving on to save others. Thanks to their heroics rescue work only two people died that day. But their personal story did continue until today. Their healing process will take years if it ever will finish.
The pain they suffered on that moment was completely covered by the huge amount of painkillers in their body, mainly endorphins, adrenaline, and cortisone. The influx of these hormones immediately after the crash was above the normal level they ever did experience. This moment only explosion made them into heroes and victims. The runaway people did exactly the opposite. Their chemistry told them to run instead of to fight.
Another example is of a totally different nature. A man left his home to work far away. He could not be contacted nor located for a period of time. Suddenly he appeared in the city to find his home burned, all his family death and nothing left of any past situation. It seemed his past was completely wiped out. Wife and children, parents and grandparents had all died. Besides suffering the shock of discovery he did not have any physical damage. The event caused a deep, never disappearing pain in his soul.
Both kinds of pain are of a completely different nature. One has physical damage which surely will affect the mental status. In the other case, there is a mental status that has an effect on the physical existence. Two different kinds of pain seeking for a solution. In both cases, we are able to assist with the physical pain. But can we deal with the mental pain?
In a brand new research, we have combined VR (Virtual Reality) with Electro Stimulation to relive, act and find a way out of the mental and physical situation. While the body is under electric treatment the mind is set apart by the VR involvement, a realistic and direct experience of specific events. The treatment starts with neural stimulation (or blockades) and slowly turns into the participation of the situation. The electro involvement becomes activating engagement. Muscles are stimulated to act on the situation and the experience becomes one. This involvement takes around 10 – 20 minutes and ends with a TENS (neural relaxation) treatment of around 20-30 minutes.
We should continue the research but current financials do not allow us to do so but the first steps have been set. What will follow?
Arnaud van der Veere