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Virtual reality movement exercises in chronic back pain

Many people are affected by chronic back pain. Does virtual reality offer new therapeutic opportunities here? We are looking for participants between the ages of 18 and 70 for our study.

Virtual reality movement exercises in chronic back painChronic back pain is a burden and can significantly restrict everyday life. We are exploring what opportunities virtual reality offers for novel forms of therapy. Photo: istockphoto.com / © tommaso79

What is being investigated in the study?

In our study, we want to investigate the question of how movement exercises in virtual reality affect people with chronic back pain. The results of our study should help to develop new therapy options for those affected.

Who can participate in the study?

You can participate in our study if the following applies to you:

  • You (f/m/d) are between 18 and 70 years old.
  • You have been affected by persistent back pain for more than six months.
  • Or: You have had back pain for more than six months on multiple occasions of shorter duration.

It is important that you do not have an acute injury or inflammation in your back and that you can perform simple everyday movements.

How does the study work?

All participants will be invited to a total of four sessions at the CIMH over several weeks. The first session lasts one and a half to two hours, the subsequent three sessions a maximum of one hour. At the appointments, you will complete various questionnaires and do simple movement exercises in our virtual reality lab.

In our VR lab, 3D scenes are projected onto movie screens, creating the impression of a virtual environment. This technique is similar to 3D cinema in this respect, but is even more interactive thanks to the capture of head and body movements. After completion of the study, you will be informed in detail – if you wish – about the background.

How is the effort compensated?

We will pay you an expense allowance of up to 50 euros for your participation in the study.

Contact

You would like to participate in our study or have further questions? Then get in touch by mentioning the keyword "VR study". Contact: Kornelius Kammler-Sücker | Phone: +49 621 1703-6359 | e-mail | Institute of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology.

We look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you as soon as possible.

You would like to participate in our study or have further questions?

Then get in touch by mentioning the keyword "VR study". Contact: Kornelius Kammler-Sücker | Phone: +49 621 1703-6359 | e-mail

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