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Virtual reality can be as affective as medication in controlling pain

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two_way_puzzle_people_1600_wht_4872Scientists have discovered that an “out of body” illusion can provide more temporary pain relief than powerful painkillers with pain diminishing by more than a third.

10% of adults in Britain suffer from some form of chronic pain, a medical condition which is poorly understood.

However research over the last decade suggest that the symptoms may be a s much psychological as physical. This has led to researchers exploring the use of virtual reality and immersive computer games.

Scientists at Anglia Ruskin University worked with 18 patients who all suffered from chronic pain for a variety of reasons, e.g. sciatica, migraine, back-ache.

They sat for 2 minutes wearing a head mounted display that showed a view of their back. White noise was played through earphones and they had hoods over their heads to block out distractions.

Then they were stroked with a stick either on their front or back.

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