Lower Back Pain Treatment Trial

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The purpose of this video is to relieve chronic lower back pain that is caused by a ruptured or herniated disk. The conventional means for controlling this condition is with medication. One class of medications that was frequently prescribed until recently was opioids, such as oxycontin. These medications were heavily prescribed between 2010 and 2020, and the results were catastrophic. Entire communities were destroyed. We are testing an alternate approach, which combines hypnosis and virtual reality. Our system works with your mind to block the pain messages coming from your lower back.

What are we seeking?

We are seeking volunteers with severe lower back pain, and we especially welcome people whose lower back pain is difficult to control by current medication.

What will the volunteers do?

Upon registration, each volunteer will receive a questionnaire form by email. That form must be completed and returned. We will use that information to build a custom hypnosis video for this volunteer, who will then receive a download link by email. The video is encapsulated in a zip file, which can be downloaded onto both iPhone and Android smartphones. The volunteer will then play the video for a month, using a set of VR goggles, as described here. The video runs for about 40 minutes and volunteers can view it in the comfort of their own homes. Volunteers will use this product in addition to following any medical advice from their doctors. Patients should not disregard their doctors' advice!

Where is the trial located?

Since the trial is over the Internet, there is no need to travel anywhere.

Is there a cost?

In this testing stage, our video is free to use. However, in order to test our software, the volunteers will need to have a smartphone with a 4½" – 6" screen, measured diagonally. Volunteers will also need virtual reality headsets with built-in speakers. For a full explanation of the requirements, please click here.

Why do we think this video is worth testing?

Studies have shown that hypnosis and guided imagery have shown promise in reducing lower back pain. Internal testing for the system has shown very encouraging results. However, these samples were too small to draw any definitive conclusions. Now we seek to leverage the power of the Internet for a large scale test.

Does the video have any known side effects?

Users often report sleeping better after they use the video.

What is my time commitment?

You must agree to use the video for 40 minutes per day for a month in a quiet place. The video is not interactive, and you can view it in bed or in your favorite chair.

How do I join?

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Once you have registered, we will email you a link to our intake form.


[1] "An onslaught of pills, hundreds of thousands of deaths: Who is accountable?" by By Joel Achenbach, Lenny Bernstein, Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg, Washington Post, July 19, 2019.

[2] "Opioid Overdose Crisis," the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2021. Also see: "Opioid Addiction: 2016 Facts & Figures," the American Society of Addiction Medicine , 2016

[3] "Flooded with opioids, Appalachia is still trying to recover," By Joel Achenbach, Joyce Koh, Dalton Bennett and Melina Mara; Washington Post, July 24, 2019.

[4] "Hypnosis Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain," by Gabriel Tan, Tenley Fukui, Mark P. Jensen, John Thornby and Karen L. Waldman; International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2000, Vol. 58:1,vpp. 53-68. Also see: "Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain", by Gary Elkins,1 Mark P. Jensen, and David R. Patterson; International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, July,2007 55(3) pp. 275–287