‘Out of Body Experience’ Can Tackle Chronic Pain, Research Shows

A new study published in the European Journal of Pain shows that inducing a virtual ‘out of body experience’ can significantly reduce the intensity of chronic pain. An ‘out of body experience’ could help people suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain – pain that persists for at least three months – is a growing societal concern that warrants scientific investigation. A recent large-scale survey found that 19% of adults reported suffering from chronic pain and the authors believe their research demonstrates that full body illusions could potentially be used to aid pain management. “Full body illusions induce a feeling of ownership for a virtual body and a feeling that one’s self is located outside of one’s own body,” said co-author Dr. Jane Aspell, a neuroscientist at Anglia Ruskin University. “We…


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