Light therapy has been around for centuries. Various cultures use light therapy for treating chronic and acute conditions. In recent years, the therapy is introduced in North America to aid in reducing the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
What is Light Therapy?
Light therapy, or phototherapy, is a type of alternative therapy for treating a wide range of physical illnesses, including chronic pain and depression. Light therapy works by delivering customized light beams to various parts of body. These light beams help in the release of hormones, which promotes healing in the body. Light therapy makes use of colored, bright and low-level form of light in promoting well-being. Many physicians around the world practice this form of therapy.
How Can Light Therapy Benefit Fibromyalgia?
Light therapy is useful in treating various fibromyalgia symptoms which include but not limited to:
- Mood disorders and depression
- Muscle pain
Types of Light Therapy
Light therapy is available in three different forms:
- Bright Light Therapy – this is the most common of all. It is based on the idea that your body is specifically attuned to light. Also known as the circadian rhythm, your body’s energy levels, sleep cycle and mood levels are all governed by the changes of natural light. This therapy makes use of high-powered fluorescent lights in triggering the release of certain hormones which helps restore the natural circadian rhythm of your overall health.
- Color Light Therapy – this type is gaining popularity among patients who are suffering from chronic pain. This type of phototherapy works by delivering colored light beams to the various parts of the body. If your eyes see the colored light, the light energy then converts it to electric impulses. The impulses travel through the brain and trigger the release of hormones such as endorphins and serotonin. They work by improving mood and easing any pain in the body.
- Low light laser therapy – this therapy requires the application of a low frequency laser light to the painful areas of the body. Also known as soft laser and low light therapy, these low lasers do not produce any heat. Therefore, it will not cause any damage on the skin.
How Effective Is Light Therapy?
Th effectiveness of light therapy is still in debate despite its many years of usage. However, recent studies suggest that light therapy is effective at reducing the fibromyalgia symptoms such as fatigue, pain and depression. In a study, 66 percent of fibromyalgia participants of low light therapy treatment experienced a reduction of pain in their muscles.