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.
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