Gate Control Theory

Gate Control Theory

At the core of our technology lies a sophisticated application of the Gate Control Theory by Melzack and Wall, which revolutionized our understanding of pain. This theory elucidates that pain is not merely a direct result of activation of pain nerve fibers but is also significantly modulated by interplay between different types of nerves. The A-delta fibers, which are fast-conducting and respond to acute, well-defined pain, and the slower, chronic pain-transmitting C fibers, converge on the same nerve gate in the spinal cord.

Our VR technology, informed by this theory, strategically engages the brain's attention and alters pain perception by creating an immersive environment that can preferentially stimulate these neural pathways. When coupled with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which empowers patients with pain management strategies, our VR experience not only 'closes' the neurological gate to pain signals but also reinforces the patient's ability to control and diminish the psychological impact of pain. This integrative approach paves the way for a comprehensive pain management system that addresses both the physiological and psychological dimensions of pain.

Highly Immersive, Gamified Experience

We customize VR pain relief treatments for patients based on their specific pain conditions. In immersive, gamified environments, patients undergo a series of functional training exercises aimed at pain relief, including breathing exercises, progressive relaxation training, gate control training, and attention diversion training. Within these realistic settings, patients learn to control their breathing, relax muscles, increase pain tolerance, and deeply engage in activities that divert attention from pain, all in an easy, relaxing, and stress-free environment.


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