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Take your injury recovery to the next level

Living with chronic pain can be difficult, especially when previous treatments have not always been effective.

APM WorkCare’s VR empowered pain recovery program combines the modern neuroscience of pain and the biology of recovery to create a personalised treatment plan for people with chronic pain.

Developed in conjunction with Australia’s leading pain science researchers and clinicians, we’ve built a program that allows injured persons to explore the causes of their pain and how best to relieve it.

Our program enables access to

Evidence-based, proven and effective pain recovery techniques
Safe and non-invasive activities and education
A simple to use and clearly demonstrated program
An opportunity to get hands-on in their own recovery

How it works

Encouraging the mind to think differently about pain.

  1. An APM WorkCare consultant will come to the participants home to deliver the service weekly over six weeks.
  2. Each session will involve up to two VR modules of up to 8 minutes. They can be completed while sitting or standing.
  3. During each session the participant and APM WorkCare consultant will review the program and how the intervention suits their health and recovery goals.
  4. A pre- and post-assessment will be completed to review outcomes, progress towards goals and provide planning for the future.

Recovery and reassurance

Education modules

Provides participants with a deeper understanding of their pain and the principles of neuroplasticity. This is combined with psychosocial risk management and education.

Movement modules

Participants receive neuroscience techniques to optimise graded movement and loading.

Neurological modules

The module retrains how a participant thinks about pain by altering sensory inputs during movement and loading, to create and consolidate neural pathways that can lead to less pain.

These modules are consistent with a management approach that has been clinically proven to improve pain and disability outcomes, and the likelihood of full recovery, in people with chronic pain.


Virtual reality is the use of computer technology to create simulated environments. It uses a headset that slips over your head and eyes, and controllers for your hands to interact with the environment.

Your consultant will explain each step of the program to you which is usually a one-hour appointment for six weeks.

You will engage with one or two virtual reality modules, each lasting up to eight minutes in every session.

The rest of your session is spent with your consultant discussing the content and creating forward actions to support your recovery.

Pain is complex – our work has come a long way with understanding how pain works. Using technology to show rather than tell, you do not need to be an expert in neuroscience to gain the same knowledge.

This is important, as research shows the better you understand your pain the easier it will be to work with and improve your pain experience. Which helps you to effectively promote your recovery.

Yes. The focus will be on education and re-training neural pathways. We will ensure any movement is within your personal safe zone – enough to trigger a positive change but not enough to flare up. This might involve very minor movements depending on your personal safe zone.

Loose, comfortable clothing, flat shoes will be helpful to maximise your comfort.

Ideally an area two metres by two metres, however we can work with less than this.

Talk to us today

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