LED Light Therapy
About LED Light Therapy
Using artificial light to mimic natural light, LED Light Therapy is useful for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The therapy consists of sitting near a light source that emits a bright light or as part of a hyperbaric chamber. The light stimulates the retina, which in turn stimulates the part of the brain that controls the natural rhythms of the body.
In the Pacific Northwest, the winters can be gray and dreary, and light therapy is a safe, effective way to fight off the doldrums. Light therapy can be used in a clinic or at home, usually in 30 minutes increments. Light therapy boxes also filter out potentially harmful UV rays, which can be an issue for those with sensitive skin.
In addition to controlling SAD, light therapy has many uses. Successful therapies have been known to help with depression, sleep disorders, and even dementia. Light therapy is non-invasive and perfect for people who want to increase the effectiveness of antidepressant medication or even lower the need for medication. For pregnant or nursing mothers, light therapy is used to battle depression without medication.
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There are few side effects, but can be managed. For example, if you notice headaches after undergoing light therapy, you may consider decreasing the amount of time spent in light therapy. Moving the light source farther away to decrease intensity, taking breaks, or changing the time of day light therapy is used are other possible solutions.
If you would like to talk more about light therapy and how it can part of your wellness plan, contact At Vancouver Massage today. We will be more than happy to discuss light therapy and its benefits.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.