Pain management

When you hurt day after day, it can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. About 25% of people with chronic pain will go on to have a condition called chronic pain syndrome (CPS). That's when people have symptoms beyond pain alone, like depression and anxiety, which interfere with their daily lives.

Pain is your body's normal reaction to an injury or illness, a warning that something is wrong. When your body heals, you usually stop hurting. But for many people, pain continues long after its cause is gone. When it lasts for 3 to 6 months or more, it's called chronic pain. When you hurt day after day, it can take a toll on your emotional and physical health.

CPS can affect people of all ages and both sexes, but it's most common in women. People with major depression and other mental health conditions are more likely to get CPS..

Virtual Reality for Pain management

Attention plays an important role in the perception of painful stimuli. Virtual reality environments for distraction can be very helpful to work on anxiety, chronic pain and emotional pain management. Scientific evidence demonstrates that perceptions of pain can be subdued when attention is diverted towards pleasant stimuli and away from harmful ones.

VR Environments that help

Attentional Training

This environment simulates a concentration game that directs the person's attention towards distracting stimuli.

Waiting room blood test

The environment is the person in a hospital waiting room. After the nurse leads them into a procedure room, their blood is drawn in various ways.

Attentional focus

This virtual environment allows the individual to practice mindfulness and acceptance exercises as they walk through a peaceful meadow.

Body scanning

- This environment is unique in that it engages with Jacobson’s relaxation and induction techniques as the individual takes a mental journey of their body.

Emotional regulation

This environment engages with two interconnected scenarios. As the environment transitions from spring to summer, the individual can practice full-attention exercises.

Imagery for relaxation

This environment allows the individual to participate in imagination exercises as they explore a serene island. While relaxing to the sound of the ocean or the sight of a waterfall, they can engage in relaxation exercises using our audio guide.

Progressive muscle relaxation

Using tension relaxation exercises, ordered by muscle groups, this virtual environment can train the individual in the practice of progressive muscle relaxation.

VR Therapy involves gradually introducing the person to the environment and helping them distract their focus on pain and learn to relax by adapting to new changes. It may involve just a few sessions of therapy, after which the end goal is the person learning to engage in relaxing experiences.

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