Study shows promising early results with high levels of engagement.
At the recent Gold Coast Health Research and Transformation Showcase, Hannah Kennedy and Darren Doherty had the opportunity to showcase the VR Reality Health platform to attendees, and were invited to share what they have been up to with Channel 9 news.
New Discussion Paper Endorses Revolutionary Approach to Pain Education
Reality Health is thrilled to share the release of a groundbreaking discussion paper titled "Making Pain Education Better: historical underpinnings & recent innovations" authored by globally respected experts Professor Lorimer Moseley (University of South Australia) and Professor Cormac Ryan (Teesside University, UK).
Reality Health app in-clinic results
Reality Health partner IPAR has released some initial results from a new persistent pain program using the Reality Health VR app called Re-thinking Recovery.
RESOLVE Trial for Chronic Low Back Pain - NeuRA
A new treatment that trains both the brain and the body has shown important effects on pain and disability in a paper just published in Journal of the American Medical Association.
Rethinking pain is challenging for everyone
It is one thing to see persistent pain as having tissue-based and pain system-based contributions. It is another thing altogether to know how to guide such a complex protective system towards recovery and to implement it at a high quality.
Research in this area is emerging. Reality Health is committed to sharing the progress and providing tools that are based on the evidence in this space to ensure great outcomes for healthcare professionals and their clients.
The evidence based biopsychosocial approach to treatment
There are now several randomised controlled trials that show reduction in pain and disability from treatments that combine modern pain science education, based on ‘explain pain’, with brain and body-targeted rehabilitation.
Bioplasticity - the cause and the solution
Bioplasticity refers to the inbuilt capacity of our biological systems to change. Bioplasticity is just like neuroplasticity but involves the entire body and brain. It is such an integral part of humans that it would be more accurate to say that change is not only possible, it is inevitable.
The evolution of our understanding of pain
To this day, many health care professionals still hang on to what some describe as the ‘old way of understanding pain’. This is not unusual in health care - a similar reluctance to embrace the true complexity of humans as evidenced by swathes of data, was lamented by another giant in health care - George Engel - almost 50 years ago. He proposed the ‘biopsychosocial model’, which was adapted to pain care by John Loeser and is now discussed, internationally.
The impact of persistent pain
The economic burden of persistent pain is massive - in some countries, persistent pain costs the economy more than cancer and diabetes combined. Having persistent pain elevates the risk of a swathe of developing cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression, suicide, opioid addiction; it elevates the risk of death by any cause by between 10% and 50%.