Dr Roger Newport, from the University of Nottingham, explains how the optical illusion works on arthritic suffer Pam Tegerdine
A chance discovery by academics in Nottingham has found that a simple optical illusion could unlock a drug-free treatment for arthritis.
The computer-generated mind trick has been tested on a small sample of sufferers and found that in 85 per cent of cases it halved their pain.
Research is still in the early stages, but initial results suggest the technology, called Mirage, could help patients improve mobility in their hands by reducing the amount of pain they experience.
For the illusion to work patients place their hand inside a box containing a camera, which then projects the image in real-time onto a screen in front of them. Continue reading