After Richard Hanbury was diagnosed with only five years to live, post a Jeep accident, he remembers the intense pain that he continued to feel with the use of morphine, prescription drugs, and more. After watching a film, Hanbury saw that his pain levels were changed more than when he used morphine or other prescription drugs. From here, Richard Hanbury got the idea of using a visual stimulus to help cure pain. The product that was created was a mask called the Sana, that is supposed to be worn 15 minutes before bed to help put the user into a relaxed, and lower-pain state. The Sana administers timed pulses of light and sound that help stimulate the audio and visual cortex of the brain. This mask has also grown in popularity because of the opioid epidemic because it helps people deal with the pain of being off the opioids. In 2017, the FDA approved a wearable device, also used for the opioid epidemic, placed on the forehead to help treat migraines by sending electric pulses into the trigeminal nerve to create a calming and sedative effect for the user. This wearable device showed that over 90% of the patients had improved pain scores as well as opioid users experienced 50% less usage.
I think it’s really cool to see something working to help reduce pain other than medication. As someone who really isn’t a fan of taking medication, I believe that this new technology will be able to help people like me. I can also see that it helps people fight addiction, which I think is very important. Technology like this should definitely be continued to work on because it can help children as well because a lot of parents are uncomfortable prescribing little children medication and over time devices like the Sana can be more cost saving then continuously buying medication. Should the Sana be released to the public or should it be dropped in its clinical trials? How would wearable technology affect prescribed medication?