By Gabriella on Oct 17, 2018 4:41:23 PM
Did you know that approximately 20% of people suffer from chronic pain?
In addition, according to studies conducted in Spain, 47% of those affected suffer from associated depression and 50% suffer from sleep disorders. Chronic pain has very negative effects on the daily life of many people and that is why today, Global Day Against Pain, we want to give more visibility to a topic that should be discussed more.
“Chronic pain is one of the most underestimated health care problems in the world today, causing major consequences to the quality of life of the sufferer and a major burden on the health care system in the Western world," said Professor Harald Breivik, President of EFIC.
Statistics released by the IASP (International Association of the Study of pain) and EFIC (European Federation of the IASP Chapters) indicate that one in five people suffer from moderate to serve chronic pain, and that one in three are unable or less than capable to continue with an independent lifestyle due to their pain (WHO, 2018).
Acute pain and chronic pain Acute pain is part of the human body's protection system. It is a system that warns us of imminent or real damage and persists
when there is an injury or illness. Examples: post-operative pain, menstrual, dental, fractures, trauma from burns, etc. In contrast, chronic pain is when the physical suffering exceeds 6 months. Despite having resolved the original cause, the pain
remains, or it reappears without any known cause (for example, migraines). Including the trigger of a pathology that is often
difficult to treat (for example a cancerous pain). Use of Virtual Reality for the reduction and distraction of pain: We have empirical evidence in favour of the use of virtual reality in these cases (Jones, T., Moore, T., and Choo, J, 2016), since it is
a platform in which, the patient is immersed in the scene, distraction is of high demand as painful or anxious sensations can
be very unnerving. Psious clinical trials with various hospitals and foundations Distraction of pain in Hemodialysis through Virtual Reality - Hospital Sant Antoni Abat. Sant Antoni Abat Hospital is conducting a cross-study on how to relieve pain in people with advanced chronic kidney failure
during their Hemodialysis procedures. The aspiration is that these environments will distract the patient from an ongoing
procedure and pain.
Clinical success stories Clinical case 1: VR in a patient with somatic symptom disorder (a patient of clinical psychologist Carlos Muñoz). Woman, 62 years of age- The patient had been suffering from continuous pain in the groin area for a few months. During
this time, the patient had visited several specialists who diagnosed different causes of pain but no treatment had been
effective. After several evaluation sessions, the therapist decides to begin the sessions of mindfulness with virtual reality
therapy, and after the first session, the patient declared: "You will not believe this! I can't feel a thing. After so
many months I am no longer experiencing pain!" Clinical case 2: VR and Mindfulness in a patient recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer (Patient of the psycho-oncologist
Ariadna Torres). A Woman, 43 years old, after her first diagnostic session, consisting of the explanation of the tools and
psycho-education, they proceed to use several exposure sessions in Virtual Reality with Body scan and mindfulness .
Working with virtual reality to lower the level of anxiety and reach an acceptance process. Psious workers used the 'Distraction environment' to avoid pain whilst donating blood In addition to the multiple clinical studies, here at Psious we have proven its effectiveness firsthand. On October 1st some of our
employees went to donate blood and took full advantage of the Psious platform in order to make the process more bearable,
especially for those who were donating for the first time. Multiple environments for the reduction and distraction of pain 1. How does the Psious Distraction environment work?
The Psious Distraction Virtual Reality environment is ideal for patients who need to undergo procedures such as Hemodialysis, endoscopies, chemotherapy, visits to the dentist, magnetic resonance, removing a dressing, etc.
This environment is highly effective in both children and adults, it is based on a virtual reality video game, in which you have to
"capture" different marine animals with your eyes, submerging the patient "under the sea".
Who wouldn't want to disconnect from a painful experience by capturing turtles, sharks and stingrays? The patient must be
careful and try to achieve a high score in order to obtain awards because if you go wrong, there will be penalties!
2. How to use Relaxation and Mindfulness environments?
Furthermore, mindfulness environments divert the patients attention to virtual stimuli rather than current pain.
3. Phobia of needles? We have an environment specific to fear of needles.
Scenes such as the one below help patients to overcome their fear of needles.
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Jones, T., Moore, T., y Choo, J. (2016). The Impact of Virtual Reality on Chronic Pain. PLoS ONE, 11(12), 1-10
Melzack, R. y Wall, P.D. (1965). Pain mechanisms: a new theory. Science, 150 (3699), 971–979.
World Health Organization. (2018). World Health Organization supports global effort to relive chronic pain. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2004/pr70/en/
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