Friday, June 04, 2010

Video Games Might Help You Cope with Pain. Seriously


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At the annual American Pain Society meeting last month researchers presented a study that says virtual reality video games can help people dealing with chronic pain.

Patients who used the virtual reality video game system while receiving treatment for painful conditions such as burns reported 30 to 50 percent less pain compared to those who were given only pain medication. Researchers think the act of playing the game encourages the brain to release a feel good response similar to what is experienced when a patient takes a pain medication in the opiates category.

This was an incredibly small study, so it remains to be seen whether these results will be confirmed if and when the study is replicated on a larger scale.

Source:
Virtual Reality Video Games Could Reduce Chronic Pain and Stress

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