In collaboration with Medibank, we’re exploring the use and development of multimodal reality modifying technologies (R Tech) to aid patients living with chronic pain. The aim is to harness the strengths of each reality-modifying medium and to identify mechanisms for attenuating pain, improving the patient recovery process, encouraging engagement in rehabilitation and ultimately improving health outcomes.
R Tech may be viable to use as a diversion or distraction tool in rehabilitative therapy, helping to reduce a patient’s experienced symptoms of biologically derived pain. These technologies, be they virtual, augmented or mixed, alter perceived reality. Along with reducing transient pain, their use has shown promise in expediting recovery times and improving overall patient experiences throughout their rehabilitation. However, further research and development is required if R Tech is to evolve in this area.