Thursday, March 20, 2008

'Virtual massage' could help phantom limb pain

'Virtual massage' could help phantom limb pain

By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 20/03/2008
Amputees who experience strange phantom limb pains could gain relief through "virtual massage", scientists say.
Amputees get virtual treatment for 'phantom limbs'
More than half of people who have had limbs amputated report sensations that feel as if their missing limbs are still attached, and most say these are painful.

Researchers found combat veteran amputees who watched other people rubbing their limbs gained relief from such pain.



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