INEWS: New smartphone app uses flashing light to treat chronic pain

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Release date: 12/6/2019

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Researchers have created a smartphone app which uses flashing light, audio and brain activity tracking to treat patients with chronic pain.

Scientists at the University of Manchester found sufferers’ pain could be alleviated when exposed to light flashing in the ‘alpha frequency’, at a rate of 10 cycles per second.

Watching the flickering light through a smartphone-powered virtual reality headset helps to suppress pain responses in the brain, leading to the team developing an app allowing the patient to select their desired frequency between 1 hertz (Hz) and 18 Hz.

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TitleNew smartphone app uses flashing light to treat chronic pain
Media name/outletiNews
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date12/06/19
DescriptionResearchers have created a smartphone app which uses flashing light, audio and brain activity tracking to treat patients with chronic pain.

Scientists at the University of Manchester found sufferers’ pain could be alleviated when exposed to light flashing in the ‘alpha frequency’, at a rate of 10 cycles per second.

Watching the flickering light through a smartphone-powered virtual reality headset helps to suppress pain responses in the brain, leading to the team developing an app allowing the patient to select their desired frequency between 1 hertz (Hz) and 18 Hz.
URLhttps://inews.co.uk/news/technology/new-smartphone-app-uses-flashing-light-to-treat-chronic-pain/
PersonsAnthony Jones