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Mind games better than pills for pain relief

methode%2Ftimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2F5c8e3012-5f2c-11e6-9bc8-dca5e34811f1Patients afflicted with chronic pain might wish for another body but it turns out that sitting next to an image of their own body could do the job.

A virtual reality “out of body” illusion affords more temporary relief than powerful painkillers, a study suggests, with patients finding that their pain diminished by more than a third.

About one in ten adults in Britain is thought to suffer from some form of chronic pain, although the phenomenon is only partially understood.

By Oliver Moody | The Times

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