Estimated costs of healthcare and lost work productivity are in excess of $100 billion per year. Nearly one-third of U.S. adults suffer from chronic pain (pain lasting more than three months). A recent study on this subject showed that low back pain alone has associated costs estimated to near $90 billion dollars. At the present time, most providers treat chronic pain patients with a combination of analgesics and non-drug approaches. That said, many of these professionals are also starting to incorporate the use of technology (e.g., Virtual Reality and biofeedback) into their practice. The purpose of this study was to compare standard chronic pain treatment (i.e., assisted relaxation with a clinician) with technology-assisted relaxation without a clinician. Results suggest that there was a greater reduction in self-rated pain when participating in the relaxation imagery session enhanced with technology.
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