XRHealth is a platform that connects patients with virtual reality (VR), digital, and live physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The company has added a virtual reality option for patients with chronic pain. To bring pain management training to its platform, XRHealth partnered with Reducept, a digital pain management method powered by gamified VR and mobile device solutions.
Chronic pain patients can now access immersive VR education experiences designed by Reducept via XRHealth’s pain management app. Based on pain-related psychology, VR pain training involves gamified narrative journeys, behavioral experiments, acceptance and commitment therapy exercises, and 3D body visualization.
These evidence-based techniques provide neurophysiological re-education around an individual’s experience of pain. The strategy affects how the brain interprets pain at the neurological level and builds pain management skills through pain education and practical tools for daily life.
XRHealth’s patients now have access to clinically validated pain management techniques in the comfort of their homes. The platform shares data with medical providers so they can monitor patient progress and make adjustments to training programs if needed. Pain management training can successfully improve quality of life for people with chronic pain, as well as reduce or eliminate the need for prescription pain medications.
Making VR pain management training accessible to a wider patient base addresses the prevalence of chronic pain in the United States, where more than 20% of adults suffer from chronic pain conditions. Effective, non-pharmaceutical pain management also plays a key role in mitigating the country’s ongoing opioid epidemic.