Manipulating the brain to process pain differently is a huge science, especially for those studying chronic pain and those living with chronic pain.
Recent research has emerged showing the use of video games to distract the brain and convince it that there is no pain.
New research has found that video gaming is an effective way to reduce anxiety and acute pain caused by medical procedures and could be a useful treatment for chronic pain.
“Virtual reality produces a modulating effect that is endogenous, so the analgesic influence is not simply a result of distraction but may also impact how the brain responds to painful stimuli,” said Jeffrey I. Gold, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics. “The focus is drawn to the game not the pain or the medical procedure, while the virtual reality experience engages visual and other senses.”
Florida pain management specialists like Dr. Pyles are well aware of the power of the brain and how it process sensory information. I’m sure somewhere along the way you’ve heard of someone who was suffering from chronic pain, even cancer, who spent a few weeks in Hawaii or on a lavished vacation, only to come back feeling 100%, cancer in remission and ready to take on the world. It’s no urban myth; tricking the brain, distracting the body from stress and feeling happy can do wonders for your pain.
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