When you think of modern advancements in healthcare, you might think of stem cell research or futuristic technologies that could rid humans of all diseases. Whilst we may not have mastered control over mother nature just yet, there are certainly some minor and major improvements to the healthcare industry that are helping to make us healthier as a race. With new technologies and advancements emerging with every passing day, this article will probably seem incomplete a year after it’s been published. Still, let’s talk about some of the exciting new advancements in our understanding our the human body and mind which could help to make you much healthier.
Mental health technology
Mental health used to be the aspect of health that people never talked about. That’s insane when you think about it. The mind is just as important as the body, and that’s why it’s so comforting to know that the world of medical science has come a long way. Mental health is now a much more important part of health education and it’s lead to modern advancements and research into ways through which we can help improve the healthiness and happiness of people’s minds.
There are many exciting new apps out there for dealing with anxiety and even more serious mental afflictions such as addiction and the road to recovery through rehabilitation. New VR programs can even help sufferers with PTSD by providing a safe virtual environment in which sufferers can work through their mental suffering. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, depression, or other mental health issues that make daily life difficult then you could look into apps such as Kick Health, Youper, and Woebot that might help you overcome your struggles through gradual steps in the right direction.
New types of clothing
Whilst clothing might not be an exciting step in medical advancement, there are many new types of research involving clothes that can help to improve our physical and mental health. You might be raising an eyebrow quizzically but the things we wear can do wonders for our wellbeing. Footwear that’s designed to improve back posture could do a lot to alleviate pain, for example. You might also want to try out compression socks if you suffer from poor blood flow or other pain in that area. The point is that clothing can be much more than comfortable or fashionable. It can be the staple of a healthy lifestyle in the modern world.
Let’s end on a more revolutionary point. Medication is having to evolve in the face of an ever-changing world. One of the more innovative inventions to come out of recent years is electronic aspirin. Given advancements in neuroscience, doctors have managed to associate headaches with sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) and have started to develop technologies that can block SPG signals. Essentially, headaches or migraines could be stopped by signals from a patient-powered handheld device; that means no more paracetamol or aspirin. There’s still more research to be done but it’s a good start.