Karuna Labs, Quest, and VR for Chronic Pain: An Interview with Karuna Labs’ COO, Jon Weinberg
“The first thing in any session that a patient does or sees is related to educating them on how chronic pain works. We heard from clinicians all across the board that they see the best outcomes when patients actually know how pain works in their brains and their bodies. They are able to consciously digest the information and move in the right direction. This is endlessly fascinating and really inspiring because sometimes all it takes is a bit of education to get folks on the right path. Sometimes we provide patients with in a flyby experience of the nervous system. Or we’ll show them how pain originates in the body but is really manifested in the brain. We also teach them the differences between acute and chronic pain.
Next, we move on to graded, functional exercises. One thing that distinguishes Karuna Labs’ Virtual Embodiment Training™ from anything else out there is that we’re not just getting patients to participate in physical or occupational therapy using a VR medium, we have actually created a whole new modality. We see doctors that have already purchased VR headsets to do distraction therapy and then at some point, they kind of run out of options for pain management with their patients. Clinicians want a full suite of therapeutic solutions for their patient. That’s what Karuna Labs delivers.”
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