In another illustration of mind over matter, a researcher at Nottingham University, England found that simply creating an optical illusion for arthritic pain sufferers can ease the pain. For the illusion to work, patients place their hand inside a box containing a camera, which then projects the image in realtime onto a screen in front of them, the BBC reported.
The pain eases when subjects see their arthritic fingers apparently being stretched and shrunk by someone gently pushing and pulling from the other side of the box. It’s all a computer trick, of course, but the implications of what this completely drug-free method can do are enormous.
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