Osteoarthritis Pain may be Relieved by Optical Illusions

by Savitha C Muppala on  April 20, 2011 at 9:21 PM Research News
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Researchers from the UK's University of Nottingham have found that optical illusions can assist in pain reduction in victims of osteoarthritis.

Scientists used Mirage technology which helps control real-time video footage of participants' hands to create an illusory effect.
 Osteoarthritis Pain may be Relieved by Optical Illusions
Osteoarthritis Pain may be Relieved by Optical Illusions
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To evaluate the benefits of MIRAGE' technology in alleviating osteoarthritis pain, twenty arthritis victims about 70 years old participated in the study.

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The technology was used along with physically pulling or pushing participants' fingers. This created an illusion and participants actually thought their hands were being stretched or shrunken.

85% of the victims found relief using the MIRAGE system. 50% found relief from pain and one third said they felt pain disappearing temporarily.



Source: Medindia
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