Can virtual reality technology affect pain perception? Well, yeah. Catherine Cowey and I discuss a fun study about this co-authored by Lorimer Moseley in 2015 in the Psychological Science Journal. The researchers used VR technology to give subjects (with a history of neck pain) the illusion that they had moved their neck more or less than they actually had. As they hypothesized, this had an effect on their perception of pain. We also reviewed this study on our yoga and movement research site yamresearch.com.
Catherine Cowey is a personal trainer and lecturer in San Francisco.
- Pain is complicated.
- Chronic pain is complicated.
- Pain does not work like telephone wires. It doesn’t start in the body then travel to the spinal chord and then to the brain. Rather, pain is an output from the brain to the body. what?
- Nociceptors are not pain receptors. They are stimulus and threat receptors. They do not detect pain.
- Examples of how visual input has a significant impact on pain.
- This study can be a valuable tool in pain education. Simply educating people on how pain works can help them manage their pain.
- Greg Lehman
- Allan Basbaum
- Professor Lorimer Moseley
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