Virtual reality has been gaining momentum as a therapeutic tool in the healthcare industry, especially for chronic pain management. The ability of VR to create a sensory-rich environment and command our senses makes it an effective tool for the modulation of attention, which is crucial for managing serious conditions such as pain and anxiety.
One company that has been leading the way in this field is AppliedVR, whose virtual reality-based treatments provide patients with accessible digital tools to self-manage chronic pain in their own homes.
AppliedVR's VR platform creates a fully immersive 3D virtual world through the use of goggles and headsets, designed to help alleviate various types of pain such as labor pains during childbirth, burns, and discomfort from cancer treatment infusions.
AppliedVR's RelieVRx is the first comprehensive, immersive adjunctive VR treatment for chronic pain to be FDA-authorized. The program promotes neuroplasticity and enables patients to build long-term skills to respond to pain. It is self-administered over 8 weeks in the comfort of a patient's home, with an average daily session of 7 minutes duration. Clinical studies show that RelieVRx use did not trigger any serious adverse events, with a manageable side effect profile.
One of the Multimodal, skills-based, self-management VR program in RelieVRx.
The efficacy and safety of RelieVRx were evaluated in a rigorous clinical trial, which randomized 188 participants from 40 states to either the RelieVRx or the Sham VR treatment group. Participants completed an 8-week course of treatment, consisting of 56 daily VR sessions. The study was double-blind and controlled, with the results demonstrating the significant impact of RelieVRx on reducing CLBP.
Patients who used RelieVRx reported reduced pain and increased daily function compared to those who underwent Sham VR treatment. RelieVRx offers a safe, effective, and non-pharmacological approach to managing chronic pain. You can see the whole study here.
By harnessing the unique properties of immersive therapeutics, AppliedVR is delivering a bio-psycho-social solution to address the bio-psycho-social condition of chronic pain.
Their approach builds on decades of clinical research on virtual reality conducted across an array of disease areas, including pain, stroke, behavioral health, and neurodegeneration.
Source: Dascal, J., et al. Virtual Reality and Medical Inpatients: A systematic Review of Randomized, Controlled Trials. Innov Clin Neurosci. 2017; 14(1-2): 14-21
With the potential to provide non-pharmacological pain management, VR-based treatments like those offered by AppliedVR have the power to transform the healthcare industry and improve patient outcomes.
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