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Human Studies

2020 Apr 22

J Neuroeng Rehabil



Virtual reality distraction induces hypoalgesia in patients with chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial.


Matheve T, Bogaerts K, Timmermans A
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2020 Apr 22; 17(1):55.
PMID: 32321516.


Attentional distraction from pain has been shown to be largely ineffective for obtaining a hypoalgesic effect in patients with chronic pain when compared to a control condition. It has been hypothesized that this may be due to the non-engaging types of distraction that have been used so far. Moreover, it is suggested that the hypoalgesic effects of distraction may be attenuated by pain-related cognitions and emotions, as they may increase the attention to pain.