Optical Illusions Might Help in Reducing Arthritis Pain

Optical Illusions Might Help in Reducing Arthritis Pain

In an accidental discovery, the researchers of Nottingham University found that a simple computer generated illusion might be really helpful to soothe the arthritis pain with its healing powers.

This discovery happened when the university’s psychological department had to give a presentation on how the brain puts together what people see and feel. During the presentation, a grandmother who was suffering from arthritis was asked to test the Mirage that creates the illusion of stretching and shrinking on pushing and pulling the finger in the box.

Dr. Catherine Preston stated, “We were giving her a practical demonstration of illusionary finger stretching. She announced, ‘My finger doesn’t hurt anymore’ and asked whether she could take the machine home with her”.

In addition, he she said most the times kids found this machine interesting but now this machine would be used for a more useful purpose.

Later, a proper study was conducted by including 20 volunteers suffering from osteoarthritis and a detailed analysis found that in 85% of the cases, the pain was cut by half which was a stunning finding in itself.

UK Arthritis Research Professor Alan Silman believes that this research was in its early stages and it requires more advanced research to reach to substantial conclusions.


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