About 27 years ago, 19-year-old Richard Hanbury got into a wheelchair after a major car accident. Doctors said that he would live no more than 5 years. Immobility was soon accompanied by severe headaches. He had no peace and rest all day long. Over time, even painkillers like morphine stopped helping.
After watching the Hudson Hawk film with Bruce Willis in the title role, the guy decided to take a new approach to the battle with pain by developing the same kind of an anesthetic mask. It is worn on the eyes for a quarter of an hour before sleep or, if necessary, at the intervals of 15 minutes during the day. The mask completely relaxes the human, while pain is no longer acute. Sensitively capturing changes in the heartbeat, Sana adjusts precisely synchronized impulses of sound and light. At the same time, the corresponding sections of the patient’s cerebral cortex are stimulated.
The novelty is still available only to those patients who took part in clinical trials. If the tests are successful, Hanbury hopes to get permission from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the middle of autumn for its widespread (commercial) use.
Note that the Sana company works in the same direction as similar companies, Cefaly and Bioness. They create neuromodulation devices that can reduce and completely eliminate pain and dependence on opioid painkillers.