Visuo-tactile stimulation, but not type of movement, modulates pain during the vision of a moving virtual limb

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Gordon, C., Barbullushi, A., Tombolini, S., Margiotta, F., Ciacci, A., Sheck, L., Barker, L. and Martini, M. 2019. Visuo-tactile stimulation, but not type of movement, modulates pain during the vision of a moving virtual limb. Pain Management. 9 (5), pp. 449-460. https://doi.org/10.2217/pmt-2019-0019
AuthorsGordon, C., Barbullushi, A., Tombolini, S., Margiotta, F., Ciacci, A., Sheck, L., Barker, L. and Martini, M.
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Aims: Evidence has revealed a relationship between pain and the observation of limb movement, but it is unknown whether different types of movements have diverse modulating effects. In this immersive virtual reality study we explored the effect of the vision of different virtual arm movements (arm vs. wrist) on pain threshold from heat applied to the wrist. Patients & Methods: Forty healthy participants underwent four conditions in virtual reality while heat pain thresholds were measured. Visuo-tactile stimulation was used to attempt to modulate the feeling of virtual limb ownership. Results: Effects on pain threshold were present for type of stimulation but not type of movement. Conclusions: The type of observed movement does not appear to influence pain modulation, at least not during acute pain states.

JournalPain Management
Journal citation9 (5), pp. 449-460
ISSN1758-1869
Year2019
PublisherFuture Medicine
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2217/pmt-2019-0019
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Deposited03 Jul 2019
FunderUniversity of East London (UEL)
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