Today, it seems as though there’s an app for everything—whatever your problem, technology seems to have a solution. And why should health care be any different? The world of mHealth (mobile health) is constantly expanding. Soon, those suffering from physical pain on a daily basis will also be able to start experiencing the benefits of mobile health with the help of Ella.
Who (or what) is Ella?
Ella is a digital mindfulness program that helps patients manage their chronic pain through digital mindfulness training programs. Over time, Ella will train the brain to process pain differently.
Studies have shown that mindfulness and meditation could play a huge role in helping individuals manage their pain better. It could also be a key in preventing opioid addiction, which is a growing problem throughout the US and globally.
In an interview with PCMag, Peder Sande, CEO of Ella, Sande said, “We’re not eliminating the pain, we’re changing the cognitive and affective processing of the pain and your central nervous system.”
How do you use Ella?
Log into the app and Ella will introduce you to mindfulness. Come back each day to complete mindfulness activities, as time goes on you’ll build on these techniques. After 10 days of use and learning, you’ll be able to participate in online classes and connect with others. You’ll also be introduced to your dedicated coach who you can connect with for live sessions of mindfulness.
While Ella is currently available to healthcare providers and in trial with 100 patients, they’re hoping to open up to individual customers late this year.
What do you think of this idea for managing chronic pain? Would you give it a shot?