From: New York Magazine

Could Virtual-Reality Headsets Like the Oculus Rift Reduce Neck Pain?

New York Magazine:

Pain is tricky. At its most basic level, it’s our body’s way of alerting us to possible danger to our well-being, but all sorts of sensory and psychological cues can make pain feel more or less intense. It’s a prime example of how complicated the mind-body connection can be, and people who suffer from chronic pain — that is, folks for whom the pain is not providing any useful information — are constantly searching for ways to relieve it.

In a new paper in Psychological Science, researchers took advantage of some of this mind-body weirdness to point to a surprising potential way to reduce chronic pain. To do so, they employed the use of hardware, but hardware usually associated with video games than medicine: the Oculus Rift headset.

Read the whole story: New York Magazine


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